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Oral history interview with Morgan Fisher, 2020 August 17

Interviewee:
Fisher, Morgan, 1942-  Search this
Fisher, Morgan, 1942-  Search this
Interviewer:
Proctor, Jacob, 1975-  Search this
Subject:
Pandemic Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Pandemics  Search this
COVID-19 (Disease)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)22025
AAA_collcode_fisher20
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_22025

Foundation for Art Resources records

Creator:
Foundation for Art Resources (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Names:
Morgan Thomas Gallery (Santa Monica, Calif.)  Search this
ThomasLewallen Gallery (Santa Monica, Calif.)  Search this
Baldessari, John, 1931-  Search this
Branca, Glen  Search this
Cypis, Dorit, 1951-  Search this
Fisher, Morgan, 1942-  Search this
Gehry, Frank O., 1929-  Search this
Mullican, Matt, 1951-  Search this
Sublette, Ned  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1979-1983
Scope and Contents:
Records from the files of managing director Dorit Cypis, including photographs, fliers and announcements, press releases, exhibition files, grants and budget, and other business records. Artists and art organizations represented in the collection include Glen Branca, John Baldessari, Morgan Fisher, Frank Gehry, Matt Mullican, Ned Sublette, the ThomasLewallen Gallery, and its predecessor, the Morgan Thomas Gallery, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Art center; Los Angeles, Calif. The Foundation (F.A.R.) is a public non-profit organization created in 1977 for the production and presentaion of new art and ideas in Los Angeles. Activities included film screenings, publications, exhibitions, performances, lectures, radioprograms, and public installations.
Provenance:
Donated 1994 by Dorit Cypis.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Arts -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Function:
Art centers -- California -- Los Angeles
Identifier:
AAA.founfor
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-founfor

Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis records

Creator:
Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis  Search this
Names:
Fisher, Morgan, 1942-  Search this
Friedman, Roberta  Search this
Gehry, Leslie  Search this
Gerry, Lyn  Search this
Halpern, Amy  Search this
Möritz, William  Search this
O'Neill, Beverly  Search this
O'Neill, Pat, 1939-  Search this
Extent:
1.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1976-1981
Summary:
The scattered records of the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis date from 1976 to 1981 and measure 1.1 linear feet. Founded in 1975, the organization offered a venue for avant-garde and experimental film as well as special merit documentaries. The records consist of scattered business and administrative records, including member information, the constitution, and by-laws; one folder of correspondence; various notes; printed materials; and a large number of files on filmmakers.
Scope and Content Note:
The scattered records of the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis date from 1976 to 1981 and measure 1.1 linear feet. The records consist of scattered business and administrative records, one folder of correspondence, various notes, printed materials, and a large number of files on filmmakers and cinematographers.

Scattered business and administrative records include the constitution and by-laws of the organization, founding information, contracts, member information, film rental documents, and film screening schedules. Resumes are found for Oasis members Morgan Fisher, Roberta Friedman, Leslie Gehry, Lyn Gerry, Amy Halpern, Beverly and Pat O'Neill, and William Moritz.

There is one folder of scattered correspondence dating from circa 1977-1981, financial notes, meeting notes, and program notes. Printed materials include announcements and posters, printed articles written by members, clippings, press releases, and film programs.

The largest series consists of compiled files on filmmakers and cinematographers, most of whom showed at the Oasis. Files contain a variety of materials, such as clippings, reviews, programs, biographies, and notes.
Arrangement:
The records are arranged into five series:

Series 1: Scattered Business Records, 1976-1981 (Box 1; 13 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1977-1981(Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 3: Notes, circa 1979-1980 (Box 1; 4 folders)

Series 4: Printed Material, circa 1976-1981 (Box 1, OV 2; 0.25 linear feet)

Series 5: Filmmakers' Files, 1976-1981 (Box 1; 0.5 linear feet)
Historical Note:
The Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis was founded by a group of independent filmmakers, critics, and theorists in March 1976. The mission of the non-profit organization was to provide a southern California venue for mostly experimental and avant-garde film.

The Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis operated as a member group, and in addition to showing film, offered the opportunity for new and established filmmakers to interact and exchange ideas, and to promote cinematography as a fine art. The Oasis held film screenings about twice monthly in the gallery of the Los Angeles Institute for Contemporary Art. Although most of the films were experimental or avant-garde, the members also showed some feature films and documentaries considered to be particularly important. The Oasis served as the only regular screening venue in Los Angeles at which new and unknown filmmakers could show their works. The Oasis was dissolved in 1981.

Members and founders of the Oasis included Paul Arthur, Roberta Friedman, Leslie Gehry, Lynn Gerry, Amy Halpern, Tom Lesser, Sandy Matthews, Beverly O'Neill, Pat O'Neill, Magdalena Rangel, Tim Shepard, Grahame Weinbren, Susan Rosenblum, Brent Wilcox, Diana Wilson, David Wilson and Arlene Zeichner.

The Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis showed films by Kenneth Anger, Bruce Baillie, John Baldessari, Stan Brakhage, Rudy Burckhardt, Bruce Conner, John Cornell, Maya Deren, Jules Engel, Morgan Fisher, Oskar Fischinger, Hollis Frampton, Robert Huot, Larry Jordan, Fernand Leger, William Moritz, Susan Pitt, Hans Richter, Michael Snow, Chick Strand, John Whitney, and Emerson Woelffer, among others.
Provenance:
Amy Halpern, one of the founders of the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis donated the records in 1994.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Cinematographers  Search this
Topic:
Experimental films  Search this
Filmmakers -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Citation:
Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis records, 1976-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.losangei
See more items in:
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-losangei

Oral history interview with Morgan Fisher

Interviewee:
Fisher, Morgan, 1942-  Search this
Interviewer:
Proctor, Jacob  Search this
Names:
Pandemic Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
1 Item ((24 min.), digital, mp4)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Interviews
Date:
2020 August 17
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Morgan Fisher conducted 2020 August 17, by Jacob Proctor, for the Archives of American Art's Pandemic Oral History Project, at Fisher's home in Los Angeles, California.
Biographical / Historical:
Morgan Fisher (1942- ) is an experimental filmmaker in Los Angeles, California.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
This interview is open for research.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its Oral History Program interviews available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. Quotation, reproduction and publication of the audio is governed by restrictions. If an interview has been transcribed, researchers must quote from the transcript. If an interview has not been transcribed, researchers must quote from the audio recording. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Filmmakers -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Topic:
Pandemics  Search this
COVID-19 (Disease)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.fisher20
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fisher20
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