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Oral history interview with Howard Ben Tré

Interviewee:
Ben Tré, Howard, 1949-2020  Search this
Interviewer:
Shea, Josephine, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Appalachian Center for Craft  Search this
Brooklyn College -- Students  Search this
Brooklyn Technical High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cristallerie Daum  Search this
Hadler/Rodriguez Gallery  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Missouri Valley College -- Students  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Pilchuck School  Search this
Portland State University -- Students  Search this
Rhode Island School of Design -- Students  Search this
Venceremos Brigade  Search this
Aycock, Alice  Search this
Brychtová, Jaroslava, 1924-  Search this
Chihuly, Dale, 1941-  Search this
Dailey, Dan, 1947-  Search this
Hampson, Ferdinand  Search this
LaMonte, Karen, 1967-  Search this
Labino, Dominick  Search this
Libenský, Stanislav, 1921-2002  Search this
Littleton, Harvey K.  Search this
Onorato, Ronald J.  Search this
Parker, Anthony  Search this
Polander, Steve  Search this
Scanga, Italo, 1932-2001  Search this
Extent:
63 Pages (Transcript)
3 Sound discs (Sound recording (4 hr., 3 min.), digital, 2 5/8 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound discs
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Cuba -- Description and Travel
Europe -- description and travel
Date:
2007 July 7
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Howard Ben Tré conducted 2007 July 7, by Josephine Shea, 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 Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Ben Tré speaks of his childhood in Rockaway Park, New York; his Polish immigrant father who was a woodworker and artist; inheriting a particular aesthetic and sense of hard work from his father; attending Brooklyn Technical High School to play football but not graduating; moving to Marshall, Missouri to attend Missouri Valley College for one year; attending Brooklyn College; becoming involved in Students for a Democratic Society, the antiwar movement and civil rights movement of the 1960s; traveling to Cuba as part of the first Venceremos Brigade to cut sugarcane in 1969; meeting his first wife, Gay, in Cuba and returning to New York with her; organizing a food co-op and community events in Brooklyn; moving to Portland, Oregon; working in construction for the city before going back to school to study veterinarian medicine at Portland State University; discovering the glass studio in a garage at Portland State; meeting Dale Chihuly and working at Pilchuck Glass School; utilizing the foundry skills learned from Brooklyn Technical High to work with glass in casting and cope and drag methods; his series Burial Boxes and the influence of ancient architecture and ceremonial Chinese bronzes; the rise of the studio glass movement as symptomatic of socio-political-economic times, not just the pioneering efforts of Harvey Littleton and Dominic Labino; traveling throughout Europe with Gay; visiting Stanislav Libenský and Jaraslava Brychtová in Czechoslovakia; visiting Dan Dailey at Cristallerie Daum in France; attending Rhode Island School of Design [RISD]; his first show at Hadler/Rodriguez Gallery in 1980; teaching experiences at Haystack Mountain School of Craft and Appalachian Center for Craft; building and installing an oven at Blenko Glass in Milton, West Virginia and at Super Glass in Brooklyn; working with Mold Melted Glass Studio in Pelechov, Czech Republic; the history of glass and early glass-working techniques; his many commissions, including sited public projects such as Post Office Square in Boston; the adoption of his name, Ben Tré; return visits to Cuba; working with RISD to create a winter study session in Havana; and his view of artists as artists, not defined by medium. Ben Tré also recalls Anthony Parker, Italo Scanga, Ron Onorato, Alice Aycock, Ferdinand Hampson, Steven Polander, Karen LaMonte, among others.
Biographical / Historical:
Howard Ben Tré (1949- 2020) was a glass artist from Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Josephine Shea is a curator from Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.
General:
Originally recorded 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 3 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:
Glass artists  Search this
Topic:
Art commissions  Search this
Civil rights -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Glass art -- Technique  Search this
Peace movements  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.bentre07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bentre07

Oral history interview with Karen LaMonte, 2012 November 2-3

Interviewee:
LaMonte, Karen, 1967-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Sculptors -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16066
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)338394
AAA_collcode_lamont12
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_338394

Oral history interview with Judy Chicago

Interviewee:
Chicago, Judy, 1939-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch  Search this
Names:
ACA Galleries  Search this
LewAllen Contemporary (Gallery)  Search this
Bergen, Jeffrey, 1955-  Search this
Bullard, E. John(Edgar John), 1942-  Search this
Copeland, John  Search this
Dobbins, Norman  Search this
Dobbins, Ruth  Search this
Flack, Audrey  Search this
Hopkins, Henry, 1928-2009  Search this
LaMonte, Karen, 1967-  Search this
Lemon, Jack  Search this
LewAllen, Arlene  Search this
Lu, Jie, 1958-  Search this
Lucie-Smith, Edward  Search this
Marisol, 1930-2016  Search this
McFadden, David Revere  Search this
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Perkins, Flo  Search this
Pruitt, Tom  Search this
Rodee, Susannah  Search this
Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978  Search this
Saint-Phalle, Niki de, 1930-2002  Search this
Schneemann, Carolee, 1939-  Search this
Semmel, Joan, 1932-  Search this
Taylor, Mary, 1947-  Search this
Thompson, Viki D., 1947-  Search this
Woodman, Donald  Search this
Youdelman, Nancy, 1948-  Search this
Extent:
74 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2009 August 7-8
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Judy Chicago conducted 2009 August 7 and 8, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art, at Chicago's home and studio, in Belen, New Mexico.
Chicago speaks of her work since the late 1980s, having previously discussed her early life and works; printmaking projects with various print studios around the country; giving archived documents to important museums; creating a foundation with her husband Donald Woodman to protect the legacy of their art; the non-profit organization she started in 1978, Through the Flower; her studio practices and her most practiced techniques; keeping a regular schedule; her interest in collaborative projects such as The Dinner Party [1974-1979], the Birth Project [1980-1985], the Holocaust Project [1985-1993] and Resolutions: A Stitch in Time [1994-2000]; working with various textile and glass artists; feeling a kin with other female artists, like Nikki de Saint Phalle and Marisol Escobar; the responsibility she feels to share underrepresented information; her enjoyment of the process of making art and the hope that she creates art that is not bound by time; her relationships with galleries though the years including the ACA Galleries in New York and LewAllen Contemporary in Santa Fe; her intention in making art was not create proactive or controversial art; various teaching positions; her interest in combining text and images in works like Song of Songs [1997-1999]; her more current interest in glass; experimenting with the techniques of casting and etching to achieve her desired images; her want to change institutional policies that underrepresent women artists in museums and the absence of images of women by women artists. Chicago also recalls Henry Hopkins, Mary Ross Taylor, Susannah Rodee, John Bullard, Jack Lemon, Alice Neel, Edward Lucie-Smith, John Copeland, Harold Rosenberg, Carolee Schneemann, Jeffery Bergen, Audrey Flack, Joan Semmel, Nancy Youdelman, David McFadden, Viki Thomson Wylder, Tom Pruitt, Arlene LewAllen, Flo Perkins, Norman and Ruth Dobbins, Karen LaMonte, Lu Jie and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Interviewee Judy Chicago (1939- ) is a feminist artist and author who lives and works in Belen, New Mexico. Interviewer Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is former executive director of iCI in New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 compact discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 40 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:
Women sculptors -- New Mexico -- Interviews  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Women painters -- New Mexico -- Interviews  Search this
Women photographers -- New Mexico -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Glass artists -- New Mexico -- Interviews  Search this
Women printmakers -- New Mexico -- Interviews  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios -- New Mexico
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.chicag09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-chicag09

Oral history interview with Karen LaMonte

Interviewee:
LaMonte, Karen, 1967-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  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:
164 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2012 November 2-3
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Karen LaMonte conducted 2012 November 2 and 3, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at LaMonte's studio in Prague, Czech Republic.
Biographical / Historical:
Karen LaMonte (1967- ) is a sculptor in Prague, Czech Republic. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is an independent scholar in San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 SD cards as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hrs., 20 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.
Restrictions:
For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.
Topic:
Sculptors -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.lamont12
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-lamont12

Karen LaMonte nocturnes

Title:
Nocturnes
Artist:
LaMonte, Karen 1967-  Search this
Physical description:
247 pages illustrations (some color) 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2019
21st century
Topic:
Metal sculpture, American  Search this
Glass sculpture, American  Search this
Clothing and dress in art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.L22 N6 2019
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1113269

Karen LaMonte : vanitas

Title:
Vanitas
Author:
LaMonte, Karen 1967-  Search this
České muzeum výtvarných umění (Prague, Czech Republic)  Search this
Subject:
LaMonte, Karen 1967-  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : col. ill., port. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2005
C2005
Call number:
NB237.L267 A4 2005b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_789912

Karen LaMonte : absent impressions

Title:
Absent impressions
Author:
LaMonte, Karen 1967-  Search this
Subject:
LaMonte, Karen 1967-  Search this
Physical description:
23 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2002
C2002
21st century
Topic:
Glass sculpture, American  Search this
Women glass artists  Search this
Clothing and dress in art  Search this
Call number:
NB237.L267 A4 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_796490

Karen LaMonte : sculptures and sartoriotypes

Title:
Sculptures and sartoriotypes
Author:
LaMonte, Karen 1967-  Search this
Drury, Richard  Search this
Subject:
LaMonte, Karen 1967-  Search this
Physical description:
[33] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2003
C2003
21st century
Topic:
Glass sculpture, American  Search this
Women glass artists  Search this
Clothing and dress in art  Search this
Call number:
NB237.L267 A4 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_796492

Karen LaMonte : absence adorned

Title:
Absence adorned
Author:
LaMonte, Karen 1967-  Search this
Subject:
LaMonte, Karen 1967-  Search this
Physical description:
87 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2005
C2005
20th century
Topic:
Glass sculpture, American  Search this
Clothing and dress in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_798199

Karen LaMonte : floating world

Title:
Floating world
Artist:
LaMonte, Karen 1967-  Search this
Contributor:
Addison, Laura  Search this
Subject:
LaMonte, Karen 1967-  Search this
Physical description:
167 pages : illustrations (some colored) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2013
21st century
Topic:
Kimonos in art  Search this
Metal sculpture, American  Search this
Ceramic sculpture, American  Search this
Glass sculpture, American  Search this
Clothing and dress in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1008929

Karen LaMonte : vanitas : 16.12.2004 - 20.2.2005 České muzeum výtvarných umění v Praze = The Czech Museum of Fine Arts in Prague

Title:
Vanitas
Author:
LaMonte, Karen 1967-  Search this
Štěpán, Petr  Search this
České muzeum výtvarných umění (Prague, Czech Republic)  Search this
Subject:
LaMonte, Karen 1967-  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([4] p.) : col. ill., port. ; 30 x 42 cm. (folded to 30 x 21 cm)
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2005
C2005
21st century
Topic:
Glass sculpture, American  Search this
Clothing and dress in art  Search this
Call number:
NB237.L267 A4 2005c
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_987206

Dress Impression with Wrinkled Cowl, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
LaMonte, Karen 1967-  Search this
Medium:
Cast glass
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art P.O. Box 1169 Bentonville Arkansas
Date:
2007
Topic:
Dress  Search this
Control number:
IAS 68110018
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_445352

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