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Gaither, Edmund B.

Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 91-055, National Museum Act Program, Museum Intern Files
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Museum Intern Files
Museum Intern Files / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Oral history interview with John Wilson, 1993 March 11-1994 August 16

Interviewee:
Wilson, John Woodrow, 1922-  Search this
Wilson, John Woodrow, 1922-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Aronson, David  Search this
Bengtz, Ture  Search this
Gaither, Edmund B.  Search this
Hurwitz, Sidney  Search this
Kay, Reed  Search this
Kramer, Jack  Search this
Léger, Fernand  Search this
Lewis, Elma  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Siqueiros, David Alfaro  Search this
Zerbe, Karl  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School  Search this
Boston University. School of Fine and Applied Arts  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American printmakers  Search this
African American sculptors  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11501
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216507
AAA_collcode_wilson93
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216507

Sixth Anniversary Seminar: The Relevance of Anacostia Neighborhood Museum

Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Anderson, Stanley J.  Search this
Challinor, David, 1920-2008  Search this
Gaither, Edmund B.  Search this
Hutchinson, Louise Daniel  Search this
Jones, Theresa  Search this
Kinard, John, 1936-1989  Search this
Martin-Felton, Zora  Search this
Reynolds, Greg  Search this
Robbins, Warren M.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Extent:
5 Video recordings (open reel, 1/2 inch)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Video recordings
Conferences
Museum records
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1973
Scope and Contents:
John Kinard provides an introduction to the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum (ANM) and the Sixth Anniversary Seminar. As the keynote speaker, Edmund Barry Gaither provides his thoughts on museums: the concept of the museum and its intentions, particularly the roles of specialty museums; the desirable museum scene; and neighborhood museums and their unique potential. Louise Hutchinson, ANM historian, presents the history of Anacostia with a slideshow. Zora Martin-Felton, ANM education specialist, talks about the importance of community engagement in the evolution of a museum and its exhibits, working with children in the community, working with docents, and the current ANM exhibit about Africa. Gregory Reynolds, former member of ANM's Youth Advisory Council, provides his thoughts on the evolution of ANM and the Youth Advisory Council; ANM staff and board of directors; and the relationship of ANM to the community of Anacostia. Warren M. Robbins, founder of Museum of African Art, discusses the functions of museums; and museums' past preoccupation with objects and current preoccupation with public interest. Theresa Jones talks about the relevancy of ANM to community action agencies, and how ANM has served community action agencies. Finally, David Challinor talks about traditional museums, and Stanley J. Anderson speaks about the community based, or neighborhood, museum. A question and answer session follows each group of speakers.
Seminar. Part of Conference Recordings. AV003071: part 1. AV003056: part 2. AV000792: part 3. AV000788: part 4. AV003054: part 5. Presentations often continue onto the following recording. Dated: 19730921 and 19730922. AV003054: undated.
Local Numbers:
ACMA AV003056

ACMA AV000792

ACMA AV000788

ACMA AV003054
General:
Title transcribed from physical asset.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Museums  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Community museums  Search this
Museums and community  Search this
Communities  Search this
African American neighborhoods  Search this
Neighborhoods  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Conferences
Museum records
Citation:
Sixth Anniversary Seminar: The Relevance of Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, Record Group AV09-021, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.AV09-021, Item ACMA AV003071
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Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa79d53ebf5-4b4b-4f0c-be63-701d756dc226
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-av09-021-ref505

Oral history interview with John Wilson

Interviewee:
Wilson, John, 1922-2015  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Boston University. School of Fine and Applied Arts  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School  Search this
Aronson, David, 1923-2015  Search this
Bengtz, Ture, 1907-1973  Search this
Gaither, Edmund B.  Search this
Hurwitz, Sidney, 1932-  Search this
Kay, Reed  Search this
Kramer, Jack  Search this
Lewis, Elma  Search this
Léger, Fernand, 1881-1955  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Siqueiros, David Alfaro  Search this
Zerbe, Karl, 1903-1972  Search this
Extent:
497 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1993 March 11-1994 August 16
Scope and Contents:
An interview of John Woodrow Wilson conducted 1993 March-1994 August, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Wilson discusses his childhood as a member of a family of middle class blacks from British Guiana (now Guyana); his father's grave disappointments in the face of racial discrimination; his parents' push for their children to succeed; early urge to read and draw; encouragement by School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston students who taught at the Roxbury Boys Club; his secondary education; and friends.
He talks about his education at the MFA School, Boston, and comments on such teachers as Ture Bengtz and Karl Zerbe and compares their exacting methods with those of Fernand Leger, his teacher in Paris.
His work of the 1940s prior to going to Paris; the importance of early awards and sales received while still a student at the MFA School; the excitement of sharing a studio with fellow students, Francesco Carbone and Leo Prince; and encouragement to stay in school during WW II with the promise of a European study fellowship after the war.
The great impact of his years in Paris (1948-49); the lack of racial prejudice; the liberating effect of Leger's teaching; his awe of the work of Masaccio and Piero della Francesca during a trip to Italy; and the deep impression made on him by seeing tribal art in the Musee de l'Homme, Paris.
Continued discussion of Leger; his teaching methods; and influences on his work.
His first teaching position at the MFA School; his involvement in civil rights in Boston; his gregariousness and the use of his studio as a meeting place for artists and political activists; his involvement with socialism in Boston and New York; and working in a socialist children's camp. He remembers meeting Paul Robeson, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, and Bob Blackburn, who was then setting up his printmaking atelier in New York; marriage to a fellow socialist (June 1950); move to Mexico on a fellowship to study with Jose Orozco on the advice of Leger, only to find that Orozco had died; terrors of travel as an interracial couple through the U.S.; and different racial attitudes in Mexico and the U.S.
Living in Mexico (1950-56) and anecdotes of David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera; his wife's meeting with Frieda Kahlo and seeing her collection of folk art; their free and cosmopolitan, if impoverished, life in Mexico; his work in a printmaking atelier and on the production of frescoes, and a lengthy aside about his brilliant brother, Freddie, who because he was black was not allowed to pursue his first love, geology, for many years.
Continued discussion of his experiences in Mexico; the dreary year (1957) he spent doing commercial art for a meatpackers' union in Chicago, a city he disliked; his move to New York in 1958, taking on commercial work to support his family, and teaching anatomy at the Pratt Institute.
Teaching art at a junior high school in the Bronx, and his gaining respect of students through special projects; teaching drawing at Boston University (1965-86), his approach to teaching including his demanding standards, the seriousness of the students, his opposing rigid attendance and grading rules, and colleagues, such as David Aronson who had created the School, Reed Kay, Jack Kramer, Sidney Hurwitz, and the University president, John Silber.
Working with the black arts entrepreneur, Elma Lewis, in setting up a visual arts program for the Boston black community (late 1960s-1970s), including the selection of a curator, Edmund Barry Gaither, a young art historian, who eventually established a museum of African-American art; his participation in various black art exhibitions, despite his belief that art should be seen regardless of the ethnic origins of artists; his move toward sculpture, beginning in the early 1960s, as a medium most expressive of black persons, culminating in the 1980s in a series of colossal heads and a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. for the U.S. Capitol (1985-86); and why he makes art and will so long as he is able.
Biographical / Historical:
John Wilson (1922- ) is an African American painter, sculptor, illustrator, printmaker, and educator from Boston, Massachusetts. Full name John Woodrow Wilson.
General:
Originally recorded on 11 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 22 digital wav files. Duration is 16 hr., 2 min.
Uneven transcription reflects Wilson's unusual speech pattern.
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. Funding for the transcription and microfilming of the interview provided by the Newland Foundation.
Occupation:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Sculptors -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American printmakers  Search this
African American sculptors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.wilson93
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f3601751-82e4-488d-b246-deda68bea613
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wilson93
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Khalid Kodi : the Nubian legacy in contemporary art

Author:
Kodi, Khalid 1962-  Search this
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Kodi, Khalid 1962-  Search this
Physical description:
[6] p., folded : ill
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1992
20th century
Topic:
Painting, Sudanese  Search this
Call number:
VF-- Kodi, Khalid
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_526035

Images of an era, 1976-1996

Author:
Weathers, Diane  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Andrews, Benny 1930-2006  Search this
Raab, Madeline Murphy  Search this
Kelly, June  Search this
Spriggs, Ed  Search this
Wilson, Judith  Search this
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Perry, Regina  Search this
Ringgold, Faith  Search this
Golden, Thelma  Search this
Saunders, Raymond 1934-  Search this
Hammonds House  Search this
National Center for Afro-American artists  Search this
AFRICOBRA (Group of artists)  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Illinois
Chicago
Date:
1996
Topic:
African American art  Search this
Call number:
NX164.N4 B5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_512369

Soul of a nation : art in the age of Black power / edited by Mark Godfrey and Zoé Whitley ; with contributions by Susan E. Cahan, David C. Driskell, Edmund Barry Gaither, Linda Goode Bryant, Jae and Wadsworth Jarrell, Samella Lewis

Editor:
Godfrey, Mark (Mark Benjamin)  Search this
Whitley, Zoé  Search this
Contributor:
Cahan, Susan  Search this
Driskell, David C.  Search this
Gaither, Edmund B.  Search this
Goode-Bryant, Linda  Search this
Jarrell, Jae 1935-  Search this
Jarrell, Wadsworth 1929-  Search this
Lewis, Samella S.  Search this
Host institution:
Tate Modern (Gallery)  Search this
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Physical description:
256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2017
20th century
Topic:
African American art  Search this
African American artists--History  Search this
Art and society--History  Search this
Black power--History  Search this
Black Arts Movement  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1081189

Kindred spirits : Kayiga & Winsom / essays by Edmund Barry Gaither, Melanie Fernandez

Title:
Kayiga & Winsom
Kayiga and Winsom
Author:
Kayiga, Kofi 1943-  Search this
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Fernandez, Melanie  Search this
Winsom 1968-  Search this
National Center of Afro-American Artists Museum  Search this
Subject:
Kayiga, Kofi 1943-  Search this
Winsom 1968-  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2000
Topic:
Art, Jamaican--African influences  Search this
Spirituality in art  Search this
Call number:
N6611.K39 K56 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_735430

Jeff Donaldson : the mind behind the cultural revolution

Author:
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Donaldson, Jeff 1932-2004  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2001
Call number:
NX164.N4 B5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_749971

African outlook : recent fabric designs / Chukwuanugo Samuel Okeke; foreword by Edmund Barry Gaither

Author:
Okeke, C. S  Search this
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Okeke, C. S  Search this
Physical description:
[6] folded p. : ill
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Nigeria, Eastern
Date:
1990
1990]
Topic:
Textile artists  Search this
Textile design  Search this
Call number:
VF-- Okeke, Chukwuanugo Samuel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_750491

Master printmaker : Bob Blackburn

Author:
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton 1920-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2003
Call number:
NX164.N4 B5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_756259

Art of the senses : African masterpieces from the Teel Collection / edited by Suzanne Preston Blier ; essays by Suzanne Preston Blier, Christraud M. Geary, Edmund Barry Gaither ; catalogue by William E. Teel with Suzanne Preston Blier

Title:
African masterpieces from the Teel Collection
Author:
Blier, Suzanne Preston  Search this
Geary, Christraud M  Search this
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Teel, William E  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Subject:
Teel, William E Art collections  Search this
Teel, Bertha Art collections  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Physical description:
207 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 29 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
2004
C2004
Topic:
Sculpture, African  Search this
Art, African  Search this
Call number:
NB1091.65 .A77 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_764831

African and African American art : an African American legacy

Author:
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2004
Topic:
African American art--African influences  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Call number:
NB1091.65 .A77 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_779743

Allan Rohan Crite : artist-reporter of the African-American community / Julie Levin Caro ; introduction, Mark Pomerantz ; essays, Barbara Earl Thomas, Edmund Barry Gaither

Author:
Levin Caro, Julie  Search this
Crite, Allan Rohan 1910-2007  Search this
Thomas, Barbara Earl 1948-  Search this
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Charles and Emma Frye Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Crite, Allan Rohan 1910-2007  Search this
Physical description:
66 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2001
C2001
Call number:
N40.1.C934 L48 2001
N6537.C75 A4 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_631959

Robert Blackburn

Author:
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton 1920-  Search this
Printmaking Workshop  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2000
Topic:
Print workshops  Search this
African American printmakers  Search this
Call number:
E185.5 .A512
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_681605

Angela Perkins and the computer as palette

Author:
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Perkins, Angela 1924-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1992
Call number:
NX164.N4 B5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_504840

Art in the spirit of the Lord

Author:
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
1993
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
Christianity and the arts  Search this
African American art--Christian influences  Search this
Call number:
E185.5 .A512
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_505537

Heritage reclaimed : an historical perspective and chronology

Author:
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1989
Topic:
African diaspora  Search this
African Americans--History  Search this
Call number:
N6538.N5 B525
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_509451

John Biggers : Gastonia and Boston

Author:
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Biggers, John Thomas 1924-2001  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1997
Call number:
NX164.N4 B5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_549380

Another look at figuration

Author:
Bullard, CeCe  Search this
Gaither, Edmund B  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1997
Topic:
African American figurative art  Search this
Call number:
NX164.N4 B5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_552757

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