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Oral history interview with Sidney Gordin

Interviewee:
Gordin, Sidney, 1918-1996  Search this
Interviewer:
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994  Search this
Names:
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art -- Students  Search this
Pratt Institute -- Faculty  Search this
Harrison, Wallace, 1900-  Search this
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966  Search this
Jewell, Edward Alden, 1888-1947  Search this
Kantor, Morris, 1896-1974  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Rosenborg, Ralph M., 1913-1992  Search this
Thomas, Byron, 1902-1978  Search this
Extent:
23 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1965 Sept. 2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Sidney Gordin conducted 1965 Sept. 2, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art.
Gordin speaks of immigrating to the United States from Shanghai, China in 1922; being the class artist in grade school; attending Brooklyn Technical High School; studying at the WPA art school at the Brooklyn Museum for a summer; attending the Cooper Union School of Art; encountering Cubism; working as a commercial artist and making cartoons; teaching at the Pratt Institute; and alternating, as inspiration strikes, between painting and sculpture; and Constructivist philosophy. Gordin also mentions Ralph Rosenborg, Tom Eldred, Carol and Wallace Harrison, Edward Alden Jewell, Pablo Picasso, Byron Thomas, Morris Kantor, Hans Hofmann, Paul Clay, Jackson Pollock, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Sidney Gordin (1918-1996) was a sculptor and educator from Berkeley, Calif.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 1 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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 others.
Occupation:
Painters -- California -- Berkeley  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art teachers -- California -- Berkeley -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Berkeley -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.gordin65
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gordin65

(Untitled -- Dancing Female Figures), (painting)

Painter:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Medium:
Pastel, charcoal, and watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1976.146.230
Date:
1951
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Figure group--Female  Search this
Recreation--Dancing  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08585860
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_476310

(Untitled -- Violet/Pale Green), (painting)

Painter:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Medium:
Gouache and ink on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1976.146.233
Date:
1952-1953
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08585861
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_476311

(Untitled -- Abstraction), (painting)

Painter:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and pen and ink on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1976.146.236
Date:
1956
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08585862
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_476312

(Untitled -- Black/Pale Green), (painting)

Painter:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Medium:
Gouache, brush and ink, ink wash, and pen and ink on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1976.146.237
Date:
1952-1953
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08585863
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_476313

(Untitled -- Figural, Light Wash), (painting)

Painter:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1976.146.239
Date:
Ca. 1952
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08585864
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_476314

Morris Kantor: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Physical description:
1 folder
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF001609
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140134

Enclave [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Waterscape--Coast  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0096537
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_96538

No Title Given: Abstract Face [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Figure--Fragment--Face  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0096597
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_96598

No Title Given: Cityscape Scene [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Cityscape  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Airplane  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0081023
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_81024

Union Square [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Ca. 1932
Topic:
Cityscape--New York--Union Square  Search this
Figure group--Male  Search this
Architecture exterior--Commercial  Search this
History--United States--Labor History  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0081013
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_81014

Laurel [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Still Life--Foliage--Laurel  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0026733
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_26734

Abraham Walkowitz [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Subject:
Walkowitz, Abraham  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Ca. 1943-1944
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Art--Artist  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0010572
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_10572

Girl with Cigarette, [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1940
Topic:
Figure female--Knee length  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Smoking  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0007353
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_7353

Pine formations [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1945
Topic:
Landscape--Tree--Pine Tree  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0007354
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_7354

Farewell to Union Square, [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1931
Topic:
Cityscape--New York--Union Square  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Automobile  Search this
Object--Flower--Rose  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0007355
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_7355

Storm [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1944
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Landscape--Maine--Monhegan Island  Search this
Landscape--Weather--Storm  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0007356
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_7356

Puppets [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Performing Arts--Theater  Search this
Performing Arts--Other--Puppeteer  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0007357
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_7357

Sentinels [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1944
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0007358
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_7358

Woman Reading, [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Kantor, Morris 1896-1974  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1930
Topic:
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Architecture interior--Domestic--Bedroom  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Reading  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0007359
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_7359

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