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Oral history interview with Peter Rodriguez

Rodriguez, Peter, 1926-  Search this
Wagner, Nora  Search this
Galería de la Raza (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Mexican Museum  Search this
Dickey, Terry P.  Search this
Garcia, Rupert, 1941-  Search this
Hernandez, Ester, 1944-  Search this
Reyes Ferreira, Jesus  Search this
Tamayo, Rufino, 1899-  Search this
Williams, Adriana, 1933-  Search this
Ybarra-Frausto, Tomás, 1938-  Search this
32 Pages (Transcript)
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
2004 October 23-24
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Peter Rodriguez conducted 2004 October 23-24, by Nora Wagner, for the Archives of American Art, in San Francisco, Calif.
Rodriguez speaks of his family background, early childhood and elementary art education; travels to Mexico, Alaska, Colorado, and Washington, D.C.; exhibitions he participated in as well as curated; joining Galería de la Raza; the founding of the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, grants received and support from the San Francisco community; artists Jesse Aguirre, Manuel Villamor, and Ester Hernandez; Ann Rockefeller Roberts and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection of Mexican Folkart, acquired by the Mexican Museum in 1985. Rodriquez also discusses the various art forms he works in, including, sculpture, tapestry, oil painting, acrylic painting, portraits of artists, and pen and ink drawings; a collection of chairs he made; his 1992 Retrospective at the Haggin Museum, in Stockton, Calif.; his creativity and color scheme for exhibitions; appointment as an Art Commissioner for the city of San Francisco, 1977-1986; the Rosa Covarrubias collection; the different locations of the Mexico Museum; current funding for a new building on Mission Street; the exhibition "Lo del Corazon"; and his own hopes for the future of the Mexican Museum. Rodriguez also recalls Rufino Tamayo, Adriana Williams, Lauro Lopez, Chucho Reyes Ferreira, Rupert Garcia, Alfredo Arreguin, Candelario Medrano, Terrey Dickey, Bea Carrillo, and Tomás Ybarra-Frausto.
Biographical / Historical:
Peter Rodriguez (1926- ) is the founder and former director of the Mexican Museum, in San Francisco, Calif. Nora Wagner (1938- ) is a program director at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, Calif.
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 14 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 34 min.
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.
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Arts administrators -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Sound recordings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
Online Media:

The Chicano Collection [art reproduction] : a school of American painting

Colección Chicana
Marin, Cheech  Search this
Marin, Patti  Search this
Duardo, Richard  Search this
Noriega, Chon A. 1961-  Search this
Rodríguez, Artemio 1972-  Search this
Benavidez, Max  Search this
Cortez, Constance 1958-  Search this
Romo, Terecita  Search this
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Borjórquez, Charles  Search this
Botello, David  Search this
Casas, Mel 1929-  Search this
Enriquez, Gaspar 1942-  Search this
García, Margaret 1951-  Search this
Garcia, Rupert 1941-  Search this
Garza, Carmen Lomas  Search this
Guerrero, Raul 1945-  Search this
Gutiérrez, Roberto 1943-  Search this
Healy, Wayne Alaniz  Search this
Hernández, Adán  Search this
Hernandez, Ester 1944-  Search this
Limón, Leo  Search this
Lozano, José 1959-  Search this
Sanchez Lujan, Gilbert  Search this
Martínez, César Augusto 1944-  Search this
Romero, Frank  Search this
Rubio, Alex  Search this
Sánchez, Marta  Search this
Torrez, Eloy  Search this
Treviño, Jesse  Search this
Valadez, John 1951-  Search this
Valdez, Patssi  Search this
Valdez, Vincent  Search this
Yepes, George  Search this
Id Films Production (Firm)  Search this
Modern Multiples (Firm)  Search this
Marin, Cheech Art collections  Search this
Marin, Patti Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
[57] plates : ill. (some col.) ; 101 x 81 cm. + 1 catalog (160 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm.) + 1 videodisc (ca. 53 min. : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.)
Art reproductions
20th century
Mexican American painting  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Painting--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
ND238.M4 C45 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

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