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Oral history interview with Helen Williams Drutt (English), 1991 July 5-October 20

Interviewee:
Drutt, Helen Williams, 1930-  Search this
Drutt, Helen Williams, 1930-  Search this
Interviewer:
Pacini, Marina  Search this
Subject:
Sewell, Darrel, 1939-  Search this
Helen Drutt Gallery  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Philadelphia Council of Professional Craftsmen  Search this
Moore College of Art  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Handicraft -- Exhibitions  Search this
Handicraft -- Collectors and collecting -- Pennsylvania -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12221
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215077
AAA_collcode_drutt91
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215077

Oral history interview with Robert Pfannebecker, 1991 May 21

Interviewee:
Pfannebecker, Robert L., 1933-  Search this
Pfannebecker, Robert L., 1933-  Search this
Interviewer:
Drutt, Helen Williams, 1930-  Search this
Subject:
Bauer, Fred  Search this
Chihuly, Dale  Search this
Higby, Wayne  Search this
Warashina, Patti  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Pennsylvania -- Interviews  Search this
Handicraft -- Exhibitions  Search this
Handicraft -- Collectors and collecting -- United States  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12512
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214653
AAA_collcode_pfanne91
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_214653

Oral history interview with Helen Williams Drutt (English)

Interviewee:
Drutt, Helen Williams  Search this
Interviewer:
Pacini, Marina  Search this
Sewell, Darrel, 1939-  Search this
Names:
Helen Drutt Gallery  Search this
Moore College of Art  Search this
Philadelphia Council of Professional Craftsmen  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Extent:
264 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1991 July 5-October 20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Helen Williams Drutt English conducted 1991 July 5-1991 October 20, by Darrel Sewell and Marina Pacini, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.
Drutt English speaks of early childhood in Winthrop, Massachusetts and growing up in Philadelphia; memories of her parents and grandparents and connection to the decorative arts and style; attending Birney Elementary School and returning to Winthrop in the summers; art lessons as a child; attending Tyler School of Art; early training as an artist and interest in art history; first jobs and working at the Smith Memorial Recreation Center and the Psychological Research Institute and teaching; travel in Europe after college; marriage to Lawry Weiss and divorce; attending classes at the Barnes Foundation; teaching school children; second marriage to William Drutt; starting an interior design firm; moving to her current home; attempting to build a craft center in Philadelphia; joining the Arts Council of the YM/YWHA and significant exhibitions; marriage to Maurice English; serving as Founding Director of Philadelphia Council of Professional Craftsmen and organizing exhibitions; advising Calvin Hathaway on collecting for the Philadelphia Museum of Art; starting the Inter-Society on Twentieth Century Decorative Arts and Design; attending the World Crafts Council in Dublin; teaching at the Philadelphia College of Art, and creating an original course on contemporary craft; opening Helen Drutt Gallery; relationships to artists and to collectors; collecting philosophy concentrating on ceramics and jewelry; developing her archive; developing relationships with European goldsmiths; changing locations of gallery (Old Town, Walnut Street); teaching at Moore College of Art and becoming Director of the Moore College of Art Gallery; relationship of the gallery to the Philadelphia Craft Show and the Fabric Workshop; developing relationships with collectors beyond Philadelphia; working with the National Endowment for the Arts; various European scholars; travel to Hawaii and relationships there; interest in poetry; Relationship and marriage to Maurice English; Opening a branch of her gallery in New York; discussion of the changing perception of craft as art. Close friendship with Stella Kramrisch; relationship to George Nakashima; development of the gallery system for crafts; detailed discussion of her relationship to Calvin Hathaway; the development of COLLAB; Difference between work with non-profits and the commercial sector; developing the Robert Arneson exhibition at the Gallery of the Moore College of Art; the financials of running a gallery; work in Australia; ongoing network of international contacts. Also reminiscences of Rudolf Staffel, Dr. Hermann Gundesheimer, O. Spurgeon English, Gladys Myers and Gallery 1015, Ms. De Mazia, William Daley, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Ted Hallman, Dick Jones, Daniel Jackson, Stanley Lechtzin, Olaf Skoogfors, Bill Daley, Dick Reinhardt, Dick Koga, Calvin Hathaway, Paula Winokur, Richard Kagan, Albert Paley, Ronald Pearson, Claus Bury, Robert Pfannebecker, Howard Kottler, Patti Warashina, Karen Karnes, Peter Voulkos, Society of North American Goldsmiths, Tom Rippon, Emmy Van Leersum, Gijs Bakker, Breon O'Casey, Mark Burns, Emily Reinsel, Evan Turner, Edna Beron, Lois Boardman, Peter Dormer, Evert Von Straatten, Lila and Twigg Smith, Jim Jenson, Stephen Berg, Robert Arneson, Stella Kramrisch, Claire Zeisler, Ruth Duckworth, Joke van Ommen, Dale Chihuly, James Surls, Peter Chang.
Biographical / Historical:
Helen Williams Drutt (1930- ) is an art dealer and gallery director of the Helen Drutt gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Known as Helen Drutt or Helen Williams Drutt and later Helen Williams Drutt English.
General:
Originally recorded on 7 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 13 digital wav files. Duration is 8 hr., 28 min.
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.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Gallery directors -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
Handicraft -- Exhibitions  Search this
Handicraft -- Collectors and collecting -- Pennsylvania -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.drutt91
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97b668bfb-591b-4fcb-9b2f-9a64fe1078e5
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-drutt91
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Robert Pfannebecker

Interviewee:
Pfannebecker, Robert L.  Search this
Interviewer:
Drutt, Helen Williams  Search this
Names:
Bauer, Fred  Search this
Chihuly, Dale, 1941-  Search this
Higby, Wayne  Search this
Warashina, Patti, 1940-  Search this
Extent:
222 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1991 May 21
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Robert Pfannebecker conducted 1991 May 21, by Helen Drutt English, (formerly Helen Williams Drutt) for the Archives of American Art.
Pfannebecker discusses his background; the development of his interest in crafts and collecting; his associations with students and teachers at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the 1960s; later acquisitions as a result of his association with Dale Chihuly and his students at the Rhode Island School of Design, Wayne Higby and his students at Alfred University, and Eleanor Moty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; other artists he has worked with over the years including Patti Warashina, Fred Bauer, Helen Bitar, Warren Seelig, and Gary Knodel; and exhibitions of his collection.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Pfannebecker (1933- ) is a crafts collector and attorney from Philadelphia, Pa.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 25 min.
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.
Occupation:
Ceramicists  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Pennsylvania -- Interviews  Search this
Handicraft -- Exhibitions  Search this
Handicraft -- Collectors and collecting -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.pfanne91
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c0d8af43-a06b-48cb-af32-23eece23aa6a
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-pfanne91
Online Media:

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