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Oral history interview with Jun Kaneko, 2005 May 23- 24

Interviewee:
Kaneko, Jun, 1942-  Search this
Interviewer:
McInnes, Mary  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Jun Kaneko, 2005 May 23- 24. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Asian American sculptors  Search this
Asian American ceramicists  Search this
Ceramicists -- Nebraska -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Asian American  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12628
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)252375
AAA_collcode_kaneko05
Theme:
Asian American
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_252375
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Jun Kaneko

Interviewee:
Kaneko, Jun, 1942-  Search this
Interviewer:
McInnes, Mary, 1956-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Extent:
43 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2005 May 23- 24
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Jun Kaneko conducted 2005 May 23-24, by Mary Drach McInnes, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the artist's studio, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Kaneko speaks of his parents and grandparents; growing up in Japan; taking art lessons as a child; moving to Los Angeles; living with ceramic collectors Fred and Mary Marer; attending Chouinard Art Institute; making and exhibiting his first ceramic pieces; working as a studio assistant to Peter Voulkos; being artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation; building his first studio; getting a graduate degree at Scripps College; returning to Japan and building a studio; being hired to teach at Cranbrook Academy of Art; working with art dealers; how the ceramics market has changed during his career; working in the international craft market; his current studio and living space; the inspiration for his work; his interest in patternmaking; making large-scale pieces; why he likes clay; selection of color; moving to Omaha; traveling and working on various projects; working at industrial sites; making ceramic tile walls; influential artists; how critics view his work; the future of ceramic art; and working in different media. Kaneko also recalls Jerry Rothman, Paul Soldner, Jim Melchert, Ralph Bacerra, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Jun Kaneko (1942- ) is a ceramicist and sculptor from Omaha, Nebraska. Mary Drach McInnes is an art history professor from Alfred Station, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 43 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 -- Economic aspects  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Asian American sculptors  Search this
Asian American ceramicists  Search this
Ceramicists -- Nebraska -- Interviews  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.kaneko05
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw901dc71b9-3a7a-49be-be74-1b702e6bc68a
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kaneko05
Online Media:

Susanne Hilberry Gallery records

Creator:
Susanne Hilberry Gallery  Search this
Hilberry, Susanne, 1943-2015  Search this
Names:
Artschwager, Richard, 1923-  Search this
Benglis, Lynda, 1941-  Search this
Kaneko, Jun, 1942-  Search this
Katz, Alex, 1927-  Search this
MacKenzie, Warren, 1924-2018  Search this
Mitchnick, Nancy, 1947-  Search this
Pfaff, Judy, 1946-  Search this
Phelan, Ellen, 1943-  Search this
Scanga, Italo, 1932-2001  Search this
Shapiro, Joel  Search this
Extent:
5.8 Linear feet
10.1 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Photographs
Date:
1964-2016
bulk 1976-2016
Summary:
The records of the Susanne Hilberry Gallery measure 5.8 linear feet and 10.1 gigabytes, and date from 1964-2017, with the bulk of the material dating from 1976-2016. Gallery artists include Richard Artschwager, Lynda Benglis, Jun Kaneko, Ellen Phelan, Italo Scanga, Joel Shapiro, Alex Katz, Judy Pfaff, Warren MacKenzie, and Nancy Mitchnick, among many others. The collection consists largely of files grouped by artist containing correspondence, sales records, and exhibition records documenting the activities of the gallery including outside or traveling exhibitions and other initiatives. Also included are significant amounts of visual materials (photographs, slides, transparencies, and digital images) documenting gallery exhibitions and the oeuvres of the gallery artists, as well as digital video recordings in the form of video works, recordings of artist talks, and artwork documentation.
Scope and Contents:
The records of the Susanne Hilberry Gallery measure 5.8 linear feet and 10.1 gigabytes, and date from 1964-2017, with the bulk of the material dating from 1976-2016. Gallery artists include Richard Artschwager, Lynda Benglis, Jun Kaneko, Ellen Phelan, Italo Scanga, Joel Shapiro, Alex Katz, Judy Pfaff, Warren MacKenzie, and Nancy Mitchnick, among many others. The collection consists largely of files grouped by artist containing correspondence, sales records, and exhibition records documenting the activities of the gallery including outside or traveling exhibitions and other initiatives. Also included are significant amounts of visual materials (photographs, slides, transparencies, and digital images) documenting gallery exhibitions and the oeuvres of the gallery artists, as well as digital video recordings in the form of video works, recordings of artist talks, and artwork documentation.

The artist files document each gallery artist's exhibition history in the gallery and include correspondence with the artist or estate as well as files documenting significant outside exhibitions, projects and the placement of artworks. The group show files document the production of select group exhibitions organized throughout the span of the gallery's operation. Transparencies and slides document the respective artists' exhibitions at Susanne Hilberry Gallery, and also contain representations of individual works. The group show slides document select group exhibitions.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 4 series.

Series 1: Artist Files, circa 1964-2016 (4.5 Linear feet; Boxes 1-5, 10.1 Gigabytes; ER01-ER08)

Series 2: Group Show Files, 1976-2016 (0.3 Linear feet; Box 5)

Series 3: Tranparencies, circa 1980-1999 (0.2 Linear feet; Box 5)

Series 4: Slides, circa 1976-1999 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 6-7)
Biographical / Historical:
Susanne Hilberry Gallery was a contemporary art gallery opened by Susanne Hilberry in 1976 in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham. The gallery moved to Ferndale, Michigan in 2002, and closed in early 2017 following Hilberry's death in 2015. Susanne Hilberry was a pioneering presence in the Detroit art scene. Before opening her gallery she earned a degree in art history from Wayne State University and a master's degree from Yale in architectural history, and later served as an assistant to the curator of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Sam Wagstaff. Wagstaff encouraged Susanne to open her gallery, which focused on bringing emerging art trends and established artists not being shown otherwise in the area, as well as championing the careers of local artists. Hilberry's dedication to developing the local art scene played out in her encouragement and support of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, where she served as a steering committee member after its opening in 2006.
Related Materials:
Related materials include Wayne State University's Cass Corridor Artists Oral History Project, Oral History with Susanne Feld Hilberry, April 1, 2010.
Provenance:
Donated 2017 by the Susanne Hilberry Estate via Daniel Feld, Trustee.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate 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.
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- Michigan
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Susanne Hilberry Gallery records, 1964-2017, bulk 1976-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.susahilb
See more items in:
Susanne Hilberry Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a0c340f7-2ea9-4ef9-b2d7-3686217ad2af
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-susahilb
Online Media:

Kaneko Dangos

Creator:
Kaneko, Jun, 1942-  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
ca. 1996
Citation:
Jun Kaneko. Kaneko Dangos, ca. 1996. Dorothy Weiss Gallery records, circa 1964-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Asian American art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1813
See more items in:
Dorothy Weiss Gallery records, circa 1964-2001, bulk 1984-2000
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1813
Online Media:

Jun Kaneko to Dorothy Weiss

Creator:
Kaneko, Jun, 1942-  Search this
Weiss, Dorothy, 1921-  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1987 May 5
Citation:
Jun Kaneko. Jun Kaneko to Dorothy Weiss, 1987 May 5. Dorothy Weiss Gallery records, circa 1964-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1814
See more items in:
Dorothy Weiss Gallery records, circa 1964-2001, bulk 1984-2000
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1814

Jun Kaneko : Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College : Dutch series -- between light and shadow, September 16 to October 31, 1998

Title:
Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College : Dutch series -- between light and shadow, September 16 to October 31, 1998
Dutch series -- between light and shadow
Author:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Or.) Gallery of Contemporary Art  Search this
Subject:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Physical description:
15 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Oregon
Portland
Date:
1998
Topic:
Pottery, American  Search this
Art pottery, American  Search this
Call number:
NK4210.K357 A4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_742238

Kaneko Jun ten = Jun Kaneko / shusai Kasahara Garō

Title:
金子潤展 = Jun Kaneko / 主催カサハラ画廊
Jun Kaneko
Author:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Kasahara Garō  Search this
Subject:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Physical description:
93 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
Call number:
NK4210.K357 A4 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_903545

Jun Kaneko : [exhibition] November 11-29, 2003

Author:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Maurine Littleton Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
[2003]
21st century
Topic:
Pottery  Search this
Ceramic sculpture  Search this
Call number:
NK4210.K16 A4 2003b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_719346

Kaneko Jun = Jun Kaneko

Title:
金子潤 = Jun Kaneko
Jun Kaneko
Jun Kaneko : Dutch series--between light and shadow
Dutch series--between light and shadow
Author:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Europees Keramisch Werkcentrum  Search this
Subject:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Physical description:
[80] p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1996
[1996]
20th century
Topic:
Pottery, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
NK4210.K16 A4 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_897936

Fidelio, Leonore / Jun Kaneko

Author:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Opera Company of Philadelphia  Search this
Subject:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Beethoven, Ludwig van 1770-1827 Fidelio  Search this
Physical description:
95, [37] p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2008
Topic:
Opera--Stage-setting and scenery  Search this
Costume  Search this
Call number:
PN2096.K36 F53 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_913202

Jun Kaneko

Author:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Freed, Douglass  Search this
Brown, Glen R  Search this
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art  Search this
Subject:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
Call number:
NK4210.K16 A4 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_896849

Two modern masters, Jun Kaneko and William Harper : [exhibition] January 27-March 25, 1989

Author:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Harper, William 1944-  Search this
Society for Art in Crafts  Search this
Subject:
Kaneko, Jun 1942- Exhibitions  Search this
Harper, William 1944- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
16 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1989
[1989]
20th century
Topic:
Jewelry  Search this
Pottery, American  Search this
Call number:
NK4210.K16 S6 1989
NK4210.K16S6 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_447003

Jun Kaneko : solo exhibition and installation : January 6-31, 1994

Author:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Bentley Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Kaneko, Jun 1942- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
15 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
[1994]
20th century
Topic:
Ceramic sculpture  Search this
Call number:
NK4210.K16 K16 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_464058

Akio Takamori papers

Creator:
Takamori, Akio, 1950-  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Halper, Vicki  Search this
Kaneko, Jun, 1942-  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Date:
1981-2004
Summary:
The papers of ceramicist and sculptor Akio Takamori measure 0.5 linear feet and date from 1981 to 2004. The collection comprises professional files containing an artist statement, correspondence with Vicki Halper and others, a digital photographic print of Takamori with Jun Kaneko, a presentation book, and a work plan for the European Ceramics Work Centre. Also found are printed materials featuring Takamori, and artwork by Takamori including drawings and sketches in pencil, pen, and ink.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of ceramicist and sculptor Akio Takamori measure 0.5 linear feet and date from 1981 to 2004. The collection comprises professional files containing an artist statement, correspondence with Vicki Halper and others, a digital photographic print of Takamori with Jun Kaneko, a presentation book, and a work plan for the European Ceramics Work Centre. Also found are printed materials featuring Takamori, and artwork by Takamori including drawings and sketches in pencil, pen, and ink.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 3 series.

Series 1: Professional Files, 1981-circa 1995 (5 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Printed Materials, circa 1981-2004 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Artwork, circa 1990s (2 folders; Box 1, OV 2)
Biographical / Historical:
Akio Takamori (1950-2017) was a Japanese American ceramicist and sculptor based in Seattle, Washington. He is known for his figures, some life-sized, based on his childhood memories of Japan, and observations about his native Japanese and adopted American cultures.

Takamori was born in Nebeoka, Miyazaki, Japan. His father, an obstetrician, introduced him to art through art and medical books. Takamori went on to graduate in 1971 from Musashino Art College. After graduation, he became an apprentice to a master potter in Koishiwara ware and met American ceramicist Ken Ferguson who encouraged Takamori to study in the United States. Taking Ferguson's advice, Takamori moved to the United States and studied at Kansas City Art Institute, graduating in 1974. Takamori continued his studies at Alfred University earning his Master of Fine Arts degree. He eventually moved to Seattle, Washington in 1993 where he continued to produce ceramic sculptures and worked as an associate professor at the University of Washington.

Takamori died of pancreatic cancer in 2017.
Related Materials:
Also in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Akio Takamori conducted on March 20-21, 2009, by Mija Riedel for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Takamori's studio, in Seattle, Washington.
Provenance:
The Akio Takamori papers were donated in 2004 by Akio Takamori as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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.
Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce requires written permission from Akio Takamori's widow, Vicki Takamori. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Ceramicists -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Educators -- Washington (State)  Search this
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Citation:
Akio Takamori papers, 1981-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.takaakio
See more items in:
Akio Takamori papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9fc0fe001-c5a5-4a10-81c1-f10501792464
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-takaakio

Madama Butterfly / Jun Kaneko

Author:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Joslyn Art Museum  Search this
Opera Omaha  Search this
Subject:
Puccini, Giacomo 1858-1924 Madama Butterfly  Search this
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Physical description:
93 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
In art
Date:
2006
Topic:
Theaters--Stage-setting and scenery  Search this
Costume  Search this
Call number:
NX652.M24 K36 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_817132

Horizon, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Medium:
Clay, glazed
Type:
Sculptures
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Owner/Location:
Administered by Arrowhead Art Collection One Arrowhead Drive Kansas City Missouri 64129
Located Arrowhead Stadium One Arrowhead Drive Gate F Kansas City Missouri 64129
Date:
Installed April 25, 2014
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Figure--Head  Search this
Control number:
IAS 71501243
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_455626

Mizu, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic tiles
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Arizona State University, West Campus 4701 West Thunderbird Road Phoenix Arizona 85069
Located Arizona State University, West Campus University Center Building courtyard Phoenix Arizona
Date:
1991
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Allegory--Element--Water  Search this
Control number:
IAS AZ000520
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_332759

Dango, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Honolulu Advertiser 605 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Date:
1988
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 65600067
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_291950

Dango, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
University of Florida Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art SW 34th Street & Hull Road, P.O. Box 112700 Gainesville Florida 32611 Accession Number: 2004.18.3
Date:
1988
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 09310012
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_436557

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kaneko, Jun 1942-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic
Type:
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Rayovac Corporation 601 Rayovac Drive Madison Wisconsin 53711
Date:
1985
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66200011
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_299345

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