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Oral history interview with Tom Patti

Interviewee:
Patti, Tom  Search this
Interviewer:
Warmus, William, 1953-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Corning Museum of Glass.  Search this
General Electric Company  Search this
George Walter Vincent Smith Museum  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts -- Students  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge  Search this
Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation  Search this
Penland School of Crafts -- Students  Search this
Pratt Institute -- Students  Search this
Sienna Gallery  Search this
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Borowsky, Irvin J.  Search this
Buechner, Thomas S.  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983  Search this
Gund, Ann  Search this
Gund, Graham  Search this
Heller, Doug, 1946-  Search this
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope, 1946-  Search this
Kostellow, Rowena Reed  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, 1905-  Search this
Parriott, Joseph  Search this
Pelli, Cesar  Search this
Rockwell, Norman, 1894-1978  Search this
Rogers, Malcolm Jennings  Search this
Safdie, Moshe, 1938-  Search this
Wagman, Laurie  Search this
Wood, Art  Search this
Extent:
77 Pages (Transcript)
6 Items (Sound recording: 6 sound files (4 hr., 47 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Colombia -- Description and Travel
Europe -- description and travel
Israel -- Description and Travel
Date:
2010 January 18-19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Tom Patti conducted 2010 January 18 and 19, by William Warmus, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Patti's residence, in Miami Beach, Florida.
Patti talks about growing up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in a working-class neighborhood, and playing in and around the General Electric Corp. landfill, the major employer in the area; losing vision in one eye after a childhood accident; he recalls running with a tough crowd during high school and making homemade tattoos for his friends; his probation officer during high school, who encouraged his interest in art; meeting Norman Rockwell, who encouraged him to attend Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York; majoring in industrial design at Pratt, where he worked with Rowena Reed Kostellow; the idealism and social consciousness of the 1960s; exposure to the ideas of visionary architects such as Moshe Safdie and Buckminster Fuller; the New York art/social scene in the 1960s, including Max's Kansas City; meeting Marilyn Holtz, whom he later married; a trip to Colombia to discuss shelter development, and exposure to severe poverty; a resulting focus on people-centered shelter ideas; graduate work at Pratt, and the value of his studies in an academic environment; working with inflatable shelters, experimenting with different materials, including using glass; returning to the Berkshires in Massachusetts, working odd jobs, running a small glass school for children; becoming aware of the studio glass movement and attending a glassblowing workshop at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina, in 1971; continued work with glass, including Vitrolite and other scavenged materials; growing public recognition in the 1970s; an internship at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Manie, where he met Steve Feren, with whom he worked for several years; acquisition of work by the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, in 1976; first one-man gallery show in 1977; purchase of work by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; series Solar Riser and the importance of a meditative/spiritual component of his work; setting up a studio in Plainfield, Massachusetts; first museum exhibition at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts; speaking at the World Crafts Council conference in Vienna in the late 1970s; continued travel and recognition in Europe in the 1980s; "Genic Doran Divider-Sentinel," (1982-84), commissioned sculpture for General Electric in Pittsfield, which led to his focus on laminated materials; early 1990s studio expansion to work on a larger scale; commission work with Cesar Pelli for Owens Corning Fiberglas in 1993; one-person show at Serge Lechazynski's gallery in Biot, France; travels in Europe and Israel; serving on the board of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; consulting work with the glass and materials industry; "Spectral-Luma Ellipse" (2000); "Spatial Boundary" (2001), commissioned by Ann and Graham Gund; continued smaller-scale work; designing the window for Sienna Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts, owned by his daughter; recent commissions including "Morton Square" in 2004, the Roosevelt Avenue Intermodal Station (2004), both in New York City, and "Miami Rain" (2009), Miami, Florida; and the importance of transparency, opacity, and translucency in his work. He also recalls Joseph Parriott, Sybil Moholy-Nagy, Rudolf Arnheim, Art Wood, Thomas Buechner, Doug Heller, Penelope Hunter-Stiebel, Laurie Wagman and Irvin Borowsky, and Malcolm Rogers.
Biographical / Historical:
Tom Patti (1943- ) is a glass artist, sculptor, and designer in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and Miami Beach, Florida.
General:
Originally recorded on 6 memory cards. Duration is 4 hr., 47 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.
Topic:
Industrial design  Search this
Designers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Glass art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Glass artists -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Glass blowing and working -- Study and teaching  Search this
Sculptors -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.patti10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b3ed58c5-3fb4-4b82-88a3-c6ab7153b737
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-patti10
Online Media:

La volupté du goût : French painting in the age of Madame de Pompadour / [commissariat, Penelope Hunter-Stiebel, Philippe Le Leyzour ; authors of the essays, Olivier Baumont ... et al.]

Title:
French painting in the age of Madame de Pompadour
Author:
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope 1946-  Search this
Le Leyzour, Philippe  Search this
Baumont, Olivier  Search this
Destouches M (André Cardinal) 1672-1749 Issé Selections  Search this
Cardonne, Philibert Sonatas harpsichord no.4 C major  Search this
Rime, Noémi  Search this
Lievre-Picard, Vincent  Search this
Baumont, Olivier  Search this
Bazola, François  Search this
Ensemble Philidor  Search this
Musée des beaux-arts de Tours  Search this
Portland Art Museum (Or.)  Search this
French Regional & American Museums Exchange  Search this
Subject:
Pompadour, Jeanne Antoinette Poisson marquise de 1721-1764 Art patronage  Search this
Physical description:
215 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm. + 1 sound disc (14 min., 3 sec. : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in.)
Type:
Exhibitions
Excerpts
Place:
France
Date:
2008
C2008
18th century
Topic:
Painting, French  Search this
Operas  Search this
Sonatas (Harpsichord)  Search this
Civilization  Search this
Call number:
ND546 .V6513 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_931100

Of knights and spires : Gothic Revival in France and Germany / text by Penelope Hunter-Stiebel

Author:
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope 1946-  Search this
Rosenberg & Stiebel, Inc  Search this
Physical description:
60 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Europe
Date:
1989
19th century
Topic:
Gothic revival (Art)--Exhibitions  Search this
Decorative arts--History  Search this
Furniture--History  Search this
Decoration and ornament--History--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N6465.R6 H947 1989
N6465.R6H947 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_373247

The triumph of French painting : 17th century masterpieces from the museums of FRAME / edited by Penelope Hunter-Steibel under the scientific direction of Michel Hilaire

Author:
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope 1946-  Search this
Hilaire, Michel  Search this
Portland Art Museum (Or.)  Search this
French Regional & American Museums Exchange  Search this
Subject:
French Regional & American Museums Exchange  Search this
Physical description:
127 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
17th century
Topic:
Painting, French  Search this
Call number:
ND546 .T75 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_721333

Hesse : a princely German collection / Penelope Hunter-Stiebel ; with forewords by H.R.H. Moritz Landgraf of Hesse and John E. Buchanan, Jr

Author:
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope 1946-  Search this
Portland Art Museum (Or.)  Search this
Subject:
Hess family Art collections  Search this
Hess family History  Search this
Physical description:
xxv, 287 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Germany
Hesse
Date:
2005
C2005
Topic:
Art, European  Search this
Royal houses--Art collections  Search this
Art--Private collections  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_791998

Stroganoff : the palace and collections of a Russian noble family / Penelope Hunter-Stiebel, general editor ; introduction by John E. Buchanan, Jr

Author:
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope 1946-  Search this
Portland Art Museum (Or.)  Search this
Kimbell Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Stroganov family Art collections  Search this
Stroganov family Art patronage  Search this
Physical description:
256 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map, col. ports., geneal table ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Russia
Date:
2000
Topic:
Art--Private collections  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_631518

Matières de rêves = Stuff of dreams : from the Paris Musée des arts décoratifs / Penelope Hunter-Stiebel, Odile Nouvel-Kammerer

Title:
Stuff of dreams
Author:
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope 1946-  Search this
Nouvel, Odile  Search this
Portland Art Museum (Or.)  Search this
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art  Search this
Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, Ala.)  Search this
Subject:
Musée des arts décoratifs (France)  Search this
Physical description:
174 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
France
Paris
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_680720

Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour : a love affair with style / Penelope Hunter-Stiebel

Author:
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Pompadour, Jeanne Antoninette Poisson marquise de 1721- 1764 Influence  Search this
Louis XV King of France 1710-1774 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
105 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 x 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
C1990
18th century
Topic:
Art, French  Search this
Call number:
N6846 .H86 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_400018

William Beckman : dossier of a Classical woman / by Penelope Hunter-Stiebel

Author:
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope 1946-  Search this
Beckman, William 1942-  Search this
Stiebel Modern (Gallery)  Search this
Indiana University, Bloomington Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Beckman, William 1942-  Search this
Physical description:
55 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
C1991
Topic:
Human figure in art  Search this
Nude in art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.B3888 H9 1991
N40.1.B3888H9 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_450521

Albert Paley : organic logic / foreword by Peter T. Joseph ; essay by Penelope Hunter-Stiebel ; [photography by Bruce Miller]

Author:
Paley, Albert  Search this
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope 1946-  Search this
Miller, Bruce  Search this
Peter Joseph Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Paley, Albert  Search this
Physical description:
60 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
20th century
Topic:
Art metal-work  Search this
Art metal-work--History  Search this
Call number:
NK6498.P34 A4 1994
NK6498.P34 H86 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_468352

Chez elle, chez lui : at home in 18th century France / text by Penelope Hunter-Stiebel ; Rosenberg & Stiebel ... April 23 to June 13, 1987

Author:
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope 1946-  Search this
Rosenberg & Stiebel  Search this
Physical description:
75 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
France
Date:
1987
Topic:
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
DC33.4 .H94 1987
DC33.4.H94 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_314485

Menuiserie : the carved wood furniture of 18th century France / text by Penelope Hunter-Steibel ; Rosenberg & Steibel ... April 18 to June 24, 1986

Author:
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope 1946-  Search this
Rosenberg & Stiebel  Search this
Physical description:
83 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
France
Date:
1986
18th century
Topic:
Furniture--History  Search this
Call number:
NK2548 .H94 1986
NK2548.H94 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_328936

Elements of style : the art of the bronze mount in 18th and 19th century France / text by Penelope Hunter-Stiebel

Author:
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope 1946-  Search this
Rosenberg & Stiebel  Search this
Physical description:
68, [2] p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
France
Date:
1984
18th century
19th century
Topic:
Bronzes, French  Search this
Decoration and ornament  Search this
Furniture--History  Search this
Hardware  Search this
Call number:
NK7949 .H94 1984
NK7949.H94 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_274049

20th century decorative arts / [by Penelope Hunter-Stiebel]

Author:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
52 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1979
C1979
20th century
Topic:
Decoration and ornament  Search this
Art deco  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art  Search this
Call number:
NK1390 .M59
NK1390.M59
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_135854

The fine art of the furniture maker : conversations with Wendell Castle, artist, and Penelope Hunter-Stiebel, curator, about selected works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art / edited by Patricia Bayer

Author:
Hunter-Stiebel, Penelope 1946-  Search this
Bayer, Patricia  Search this
Castle, Wendell 1932-  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
119 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
[1981]
Topic:
Furniture design  Search this
Decoration and ornament--Themes, motives  Search this
Call number:
NK2215.N5 M43X
NK2215.N5M43X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_149290

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