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Oral history interview with Alison Knowles

Interviewee:
Knowles, Alison, 1933-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch  Search this
Creator:
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Names:
California Institute of the Arts -- Faculty  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Middlebury College -- Students  Search this
Pratt Institute. Art School -- Students  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Brecht, George  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Chicago, Judy, 1939-  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Gordon, Coco, 1938-  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974  Search this
Hamilton, Richard, 1922-  Search this
Hendricks, Jon, 1921-  Search this
Higgins, Dick, 1938-1998  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-1995  Search this
Jones, Joe, 1909-1963  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Kuehn, Kathy  Search this
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Lindner, Richard, 1901-1978  Search this
Mac Low, Jackson  Search this
Maciunas, George, 1931-1978  Search this
Moorman, Charlotte  Search this
Ono, Yōko  Search this
Paik, Nam June, 1932-  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Saito, Takako, 1929-  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam, 1923-2015  Search this
Schneemann, Carolee, 1939-  Search this
Schöning, Klaus  Search this
Shiomi, Mieko, 1909-1948  Search this
Silverman, Gilbert  Search this
Spoerri, Daniel, 1930-  Search this
Teitelbaum, Richard  Search this
Tenney, James  Search this
Waśko, Ryszard  Search this
Extent:
86 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2010 June 1-2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Alison Knowles conducted 2010 June 1-2, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project, at Knowles' home and studio, in New York, N.Y.
Knowles speaks of her family background; her father's (an English professor) influence on her education; her love of nature and isolation as a young girl; her French studies at Middlebury College; her transfer to Pratt Institute to study art; the social and academic environment at Pratt; her inclinations towards abstraction; her first marriage to Jim Ericson; her first studio at 423 Broadway; her early jobs as a commercial artist; her first gallery show at Nonagon, in 1958, and how she subsequently burned the paintings in that show; her second marriage to Dick Higgins in 1960; her Judson Gallery Show in 1962 and how she subsequently discarded those works; her involvement in the Fluxus group; her involvement with the "Cage class," and its early performances; her collaboration with John Cage on the book, "Notations" (1968); her collaboration with Marcel Duchamp on a print (1967); the circumstances surrounding her performance piece, "Make a Salad" (1962), her travels through Europe with Higgins; the birth of her twins; her computerized poetic piece and installation, "House of Dust" (1967) and how it was later vandalized; her move to Los Angeles to teach at CalArts; the rebuilding of "House of Dust" at CalArts; her move back to New York; the processes leading up to several projects and collaborations including "Loose Pages," "Big Book," "Bread and Water," and more; where she finds her inspiration; her thoughts on performance art; her studio environment in Barrytown, N.Y.; the influence and support of Germany on her work and Fluxus in general; her recent work, including "Identical Lunch"; and current challenges she faces as an artist.
She recalls Richard Lindner, Adolph Gottlieb, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Judy Chicago, Josef Albers, Dorothy Podber, Ray Johnson, Dick Higgins, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Klaus Schöning, Jon Hendricks, Gilbert Silverman, George Maciunas, George Brecht, Jack Mac Low, Yoko Ono, Mieko Shiomi, Takako Saito, Joe Jones, Marcel Duchamp, Daniel Spoerri, Richard Hamilton, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, Helmut Becker, Coco Gordon, Jim Tenney, Cornelia Lauf, Rirkrit Tirvanija, Allan Kaprow, Simone Forte, Carolee Schneemann, Richard Teitelbaum, Miriam Schapiro, Miguel Abrau, James Fuentes, Cyrilla Wozenter, Kathy Kuehn, Ryszard Wasko.
Biographical / Historical:
Alison Knowles (1933- ) is an artist and a founding member of Fluxus in New York, N.Y. Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is a former director of iCI in New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 mini discs. Duration is 5 hr., 45 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:
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.knowle10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-knowle10

Oral history interview with Alison Knowles, 2010 June 1-2

Interviewee:
Knowles, Alison, 1933-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Albers, Josef  Search this
Brecht, George  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Chicago, Judy  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Gordon, Coco  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Hamilton, Richard  Search this
Hendricks, Jon  Search this
Higgins, Dick  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Jones, Joe  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Kuehn, Kathy  Search this
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Lindner, Richard  Search this
Maciunas, George  Search this
Mac Low, Jackson  Search this
Moorman, Charlotte  Search this
Ono, Yōko  Search this
Paik, Nam June  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Saito, Takako  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam  Search this
Schneemann, Carolee  Search this
Schöning, Klaus  Search this
Silverman, Gilbert  Search this
Shiomi, Mieko  Search this
Spoerri, Daniel  Search this
Tenney, James  Search this
Teitelbaum, Richard  Search this
Waśko, Ryszard  Search this
California Institute of the Arts  Search this
Middlebury College  Search this
Pratt Institute. Art School  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15822
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)290220
AAA_collcode_knowle10
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_290220

Heimo Zobernig

Author:
Zobernig, Heimo 1958-  Search this
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Bruni, Laura  Search this
Vattese, Angela  Search this
Schmatz, Ferdinand 1953-  Search this
Modena (Italy) Galleria civica  Search this
Fondazione Cassa di risparmio di Modena  Search this
Subject:
Zobernig, Heimo 1958-  Search this
Physical description:
3 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2008
©2008
21st century
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Prints  Search this
Collage  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_895344

Wall to wall : carpets by artists / Cornelia Lauf ; edited by Megan Lykins Reich ; with essays by Germano Celant and Ken Lum ; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland ; [translation, Helen Ferguson]

Author:
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Reich, Megan Lykins  Search this
Celant, Germano  Search this
Lum, Ken 1956-  Search this
Ferguson, Helen (Translator)  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland  Search this
Physical description:
151 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2016
©2016
Topic:
Carpets  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1080787

Georgina Masson, 1912-1980 : selections from the Photographic Archive = selezioni dall'Archivio fotografico / [catalogue edited by Alessandra Capodiferro, Cornelia Lauf]

Author:
Masson, Georgina  Search this
Capodiferro, Alessandra  Search this
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
American Academy in Rome  Search this
Subject:
Masson, Georgina  Search this
Physical description:
79 p. : ill., port. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Italy
Date:
2003
Topic:
Photograph collections  Search this
Photography--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_760232

Natura naturata (an argument for still life) : benefit exhibition for Squat Theatre, March 4-11, 1989, Josh Baer Gallery / curated by Cornelia Lauf

Author:
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Kosuth, Joseph  Search this
Josh Baer Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
[86] leaves ; 17 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1989
C1989
Topic:
Still-life painting--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
ND1390 .L3 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649702

Andre Cadere : all walks of life / essays by Cornelia Lauf, Bernard Marcelis, Jean-Pierre Criqui ; edited by Carole Kismaric, Chris Dercon and Bernard Marcelis

Author:
Cadere, André 1934-1978  Search this
Kismaric, Carole 1942-  Search this
Dercon, Chris  Search this
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Marcelis, Bernard  Search this
Criqui, Jean-Pierre  Search this
Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris  Search this
P.S. 1 Museum  Search this
Subject:
Cadere, André 1934-1978  Search this
Physical description:
180 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1992
Call number:
N40.1.C1184 K5 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_547406

Artist/author : contemporary artists' books / Cornelia Lauf and Clive Phillpot ; book design by Reneé Green ; essays by Cornelia Lauf ... [et al.] ; interview with Martha Wilson by Thomas Padon

Title:
Contemporary artists' books
Author:
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Phillpot, Clive  Search this
Weatherspoon Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
183 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
20th century
Topic:
Artists' books  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N7433.3 .L37 1998X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_564884

Fluxattitudes : [exhibition] Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, February 23-March 27, 1991 [and] the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, May 10- August 16, 1992 / edited by Cornelia Lauf & Susan Hapgood

Author:
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Hapgood, Susan  Search this
Dwyer, Nancy Heckling catalogue  Search this
Hallwalls (Museum)  Search this
New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
60 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
20th century
Topic:
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6494.F55 F642 1991
N6494.F55F642 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_444838

Fluxattitudes : the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, September 26, 1992-January 3, 1993 / organized by Susan Hapgood and Cornelia Lauf, guest curators ; exhibition installation by Rirkrit Tiravanija ; catalogue and brochure by Nancy Dwyer

Title:
Flux attitudes
Author:
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Hapgood, Susan  Search this
Dwyer, Nancy  Search this
New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1992
Topic:
Fluxus (Group of artists)--Influence--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N6494.F55 F58 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1010562

The bubble blower / Carol Cole ; edited by Cornelia Lauf ; with an essay by Irene Tsatsos

Author:
Cole, Carol 1943-  Search this
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Tsatsos, Irene  Search this
Subject:
Cole, Carol 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
143 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2005
©2005
21st century
Topic:
Breast in art  Search this
Drawing, American  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1063554

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