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Oral history interview with Barkley L. Hendricks, 2009 June 18

Interviewee:
Hendricks, Barkley L., 1945-  Search this
Hendricks, Barkley L., 1945-  Search this
Interviewer:
Goncharov, Kathy, 1952-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16034
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)307096
AAA_collcode_hendrb09
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_307096

Oral history interview with Barkley L. Hendricks

Interviewee:
Hendricks, Barkley L., 1945-  Search this
Interviewer:
Goncharov, Kathy  Search this
Extent:
3 Items (Sound recording, master: 3 sound files (1 hr., 42 min.), digital, wav)
24 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2009 June 18
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Barkley L. Hendricks conducted 2009 June 18, by Kathy Goncharov, for the Archives of American Art, at Hendricks's home and studio, in New London, Conn.
Biographical / Historical:
Barkley L. Hendricks (1945- ) is an artist in New London, Conn. Kathy Goncharov (1952- ) is Director of the Brodsky Center at Rutgers University, N.J.
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:
Painters -- Connecticut  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.hendrb09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hendrb09

Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum artists' files

Creator:
Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Names:
Ayers, Roland, 1932-  Search this
Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988  Search this
Bullock, Barbara Jane, 1938-  Search this
Chandler, Dana, 1941-  Search this
Dowell, John, 1941-  Search this
Harris, John T. (John Taylor), 1908-1972  Search this
Hendricks, Barkley L., 1945-  Search this
Liggeons, Mary  Search this
Lindsay, Arturo  Search this
Extent:
1 Microfilm reel (116 items on partial microfilm reel)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
1968-1985
Scope and Contents:
This microfilm collection consists of the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum's (now the African American Museum in Phialdelphia) artists files on African American artists Roland Ayers, Romare Howard Bearden, Barbara Jane Bullock, Dana Chandler, John E. Dowell, John Taylor Harris, Barkley L. Hendricks, Mary Liggeons, and Arturo Lindsay. These files may contain correspondence, biographical information, photographs, and printed material.
Biographical / Historical:
The Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, now the African American Museum in Philadelphia, was founded in 1976. The museum preserves, interprets, and exhibits the heritage of African Americans through the combined narrative of art, culture, and history.
Provenance:
Microfilmed in 1986 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Lent for microfilming by Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Function:
Museums -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Identifier:
AAA.afrohist
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-afrohist

Burt Chernow papers

Creator:
Chernow, Burt  Search this
Names:
Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport, Conn.)  Search this
Housatonic Museum of Art  Search this
Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection  Search this
Westport-Weston Arts Council (Westport, Conn.)  Search this
Arman, 1928-2005  Search this
Avery, Milton, 1885-1965  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Christo, 1935- (Wrapped Reichstag)  Search this
Hendricks, Barkley L., 1945-  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, 1935-2009  Search this
Johnson, Lester, 1919-2010  Search this
Peterdi, Gabor  Search this
Woodham, Jean, 1925-  Search this
Zúñiga, Francisco, 1912-1998  Search this
Extent:
21.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Transcriptions
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Date:
1930-2002
Summary:
The papers of Burt Chernow measure 21.8 linear feet and consist mainly of research materials gathered and produced in the course of writing Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography over an extensive period of close contact with the subjects, from the early 1980s until Chernow's death in 1997. Research materials for the biography include photocopies of personal documents of the Christos, hundreds of recorded interviews with Christo, Jeanne-Claude, their family members, and their associates, transcripts of interviews and research on interview subjects, other collected research material compiled chronologically, drafts of the biography written by Chernow, drafts of the biography and its epilogue produced after Chernow's death, and business records related to the book's production, which include significant correspondence with the Christos. Also found are the published German and U.S. editions of the biography, printed materials and photographs related to the book's subject matter, and fabric samples from five of the Christos' projects undertaken during Chernow's association with them. Chernow's career as an art critic, writer, educator, and arts advocate, primarily in Southern Connecticut, is documented in Chernow's other writings, organizational records, printed materials, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Burt Chernow measure 21.8 linear feet and consist mainly of research materials gathered and produced in the course of writing Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography over an extensive period of close contact with the subjects, from the early 1980s until Chernow's death in 1997. Research materials for the biography include photocopies of personal documents of the Christos, hundreds of recorded interviews with Christo, Jeanne-Claude, their family members, and their associates, transcripts of interviews and research on interview subjects, other collected research material compiled chronologically, drafts of the biography written by Chernow, drafts of the biography and its epilogue produced after Chernow's death, and business records related to the book's production, which include significant correspondence with the Christos. Also found are the published German and U.S. editions of the biography, printed materials and photographs related to the book's subject matter, and fabric samples from five of the Christos' projects undertaken during Chernow's association with them.

Chernow's career as an art critic, writer, educator, and arts advocate, primarily in Southern Connecticut, is documented in Chernow's other writings, organizational records, printed materials, and photographs. Other writings include drafts of articles, lectures, exhibition reviews, and catalog essays, some of which include research material gathered on the subjects. Artists written about by Chernow include Arman, Milton Avery, Barkley Hendricks, Francisco Zuñiga, Lester Johnson, Gabor Peterdi, and Jean Woodham, among many others, and including many Connecticut artists. A recorded interview with Arman, as well as transcripts of multiple interviews with Zuñiga, are filed with these writings. Also found are many writings and lectures related to the value of visual art in public life and in elementary and higher education. Numerous lectures by Chernow about several of the Christos' large-scale projects are also found, one of which, on the Wrapped Reichstag, is recorded on video.

Organizational records document Chernow's involvement in various art education organizations, his years of teaching at Housatonic Community College, his development of the Housatonic Museum of Art collection, and his work with several local arts organizations in Westport, Conn., including the Westport Arts Advisory Council, the Westport Arts Center, the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Committee, and the Westport Weston Arts Council. Types of documents found include correspondence, clippings, photographs, flyers, and notes.

Printed material includes many of the books written by Chernow, and monographs and magazines which included essays on specific artists by Chernow. A file of clippings about Chernow spanning his career is also found. Photographs include prints, negatives, and contact sheets, and consist mainly of photographs of artists, many of which were taken by Chernow, and many of which are signed by the artists with a personal note to the Chernows. A handful of personal photographs of the Chernows are also found.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged as 5 series.

Series 1: Research Material for -- Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography -- , 1930-2002 (17.1 linear feet; Boxes 1-17, 23, OV 24)

Series 2: Other Writing, 1962-1999 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 17-19)

Series 3: Organizational Records, 1963-2000 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 19-20, 23, OV 24)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1960-2002 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 20-21, 23)

Series 5: Photographs, 1950-1997 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 21-23, OV 24)
Biographical / Historical:
Burt Chernow was an art historian, writer, educator, collector, and dealer who founded the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and who, upon his retirement from Housatonic Community College, became the authorized biographer of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, which he researched through close contact with the Christos from 1984 until his death in 1997. Although he had not completed the biography when he died, his wife Ann Chernow saw the manuscript through to publication, and the biography, Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography, was first published in Germany in 2000, and then in the United States in 2002.

Born in New York City in 1933, Chernow earned a master's degree in art education at New York University in 1960, and began his career as an art teacher in the Westport, Connecticut public schools, later joining the faculty of the Art Department at the Housatonic Community College, where he eventually became the department's director. He also taught at the Museum of Modern Art, organizing the Children's Art Carnival in Harlem through the museum, and at Silvermine School of the Arts, the A.B.C.D. Arts Center in Bridgeport, Conn., and the Stamford Museum. While on the faculty at Housatonic Community College, he began collecting original artworks, mainly through donations directly from the artists, for what eventually became the Housatonic Museum of Art. Over the course of nearly 30 years he amassed over 4000 works for the collection, the largest of its kind for a community college, and remained the museum's Emeritus Director until his death. He remained active in civic arts organizations in Westport as well, where he was a founding member of the Westport Arts Center, served on the Westport Arts Advisory Council, and helped to establish the annual Westport Arts Awards.

Upon his retirement from the Housatonic faculty in 1984, Chernow approached Christo and Jeanne-Claude about becoming their authorized biographer. He had participated in their project Surrounded Islands in Miami in 1983, and had played a role in exhibitions and artist talks by Christo at the Aldrich Museum (1981) and the Wadsworth Atheneum (1978) as well. He and his wife Ann Chernow attended and helped to document the Wrapped Pont Neuf (1985) in Paris, and then visited Christo's family in Bulgaria in 1986. It was after their Bulgarian trip that Christo and Jeanne-Claude agreed to authorize him to write their biography, and Chernow's research began in earnest. He conducted hundreds of interviews with them, their family, and associates, participated in the major large-scale projects that took place between 1985 and 1995, and completed a draft of the biography up to the year 1982 before he died suddenly in 1997. After his death, his wife Ann Chernow saw the biography through to publication. It was published with an epilogue by Wolfgang Volz, the Christos' official photographer, bringing the Christos' story up to date from where Chernow had left off, first in Germany, and later in the United States and Italy.

Chernow wrote many books, catalogs, and articles about other artists as well, including Milton Avery, Francisco Zuniga, Gabor Peterdi, Will Barnet, Jean Woodham, and Lester Johnson, among others, and published and lectured widely on the subjects of art education and public art.
Provenance:
Donated 2002 by Ann Chernow, the widow of Burt Chernow.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Art historians -- Connecticut  Search this
Art critics -- Connecticut  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Authors -- Connecticut  Search this
Educators -- Connecticut  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Transcriptions
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Citation:
Burt Chernow papers, 1930-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cherburt
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cherburt
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Portraits in black : styling, space, and self in the work of Barkley L. Hendricks and Elizabeth Colomba / Anna Arabindan-Kesson

Author:
Arabindan-Kesson, Anna  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Hendricks, Barkley L. 1945-2017  Search this
Colomba, Elizabeth  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2016
Topic:
Portrait painting  Search this
Blacks in art  Search this
Call number:
NX1 .N737
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1080821

Barkley L. Hendricks : oils, watercolors, collages and photographs, January 20-March 30, 1980, The Studio Museum in Harlem ... / Catalogue essay, Mary Schmidt Campbell

Author:
Campbell, Mary Schmidt  Search this
Hendricks, Barkley L. 1945-2017  Search this
Studio Museum in Harlem  Search this
Subject:
Hendricks, Barkley L. 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1980
[1980?]
Call number:
N40.1.H492 C2
N40.1.H492C2
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_306690

Barkley L. Hendricks : some like it hot

Title:
Some like it hot
Author:
Hendricks, Barkley L. 1945-2017  Search this
Perry, Eve  Search this
William Benton Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Hendricks, Barkley L. 1945-2017  Search this
Physical description:
28 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2011
©2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_976579

Magical visions : 10 contemporary African American artists / Keith Morrison, [curator]

Title:
10 contemporary African American artists
Ten contemporary African American artists
Curator:
Morrison, Keith 1942-  Search this
Author:
University of Delaware University Museums  Search this
Subject:
Adkins, Terry 1953-2014  Search this
Clark, Sonya  Search this
Edwards, Melvin 1937-  Search this
Gilliam, Sam 1933-  Search this
Hendricks, Barkley L. 1945-2017  Search this
Linzy, Kalup 1977-  Search this
Odita, Odili Donald  Search this
Olivier, Karyn 1962-  Search this
Ringgold, Faith  Search this
Williams, William T (William Thomas) 1942-  Search this
University of Delaware Mechanical Hall Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
30 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2012
[2012]
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1091343

Birth of the cool / Barkley L. Hendricks ; edited by Trevor Schoonmaker

Title:
Barkley L. Hendricks : birth of the cool
Author:
Hendricks, Barkley L. 1945-  Search this
Schoonmaker, Trevor  Search this
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University  Search this
Subject:
Hendricks, Barkley L. 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
140 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2008
C2008
Call number:
ND237.H46 A4 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_896876

Cutting a figure : fashioning Black portraiture / Richard J. Powell

Title:
Fashioning Black portraiture
Author:
Powell, Richard J. 1953-  Search this
Subject:
Hendricks, Barkley L. 1945-  Search this
Luna, Donyale 1945-1979  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 276 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2008
Topic:
African Americans in art--History  Search this
African Americans--Portraits--History  Search this
Portrait drawing, American--History  Search this
Portrait photography--History  Search this
African Americans--Race identity  Search this
Fashion--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_921530

Birth of the cool

Author:
Schoonmaker, Trevor  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Hendricks, Barkley L. 1945-2017 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2009
Call number:
NX1 .N737
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_938231

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