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Oral history interview with Kerry James Marshall, 2008 August 8

Interviewee:
Marshall, Kerry James, 1955-  Search this
Marshall, Kerry James, 1955-  Search this
Interviewer:
Goncharov, Kathy, 1952-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Sculptors -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13706
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)280319
AAA_collcode_marsha08
Theme:
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_280319
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Kerry James Marshall

Interviewee:
Marshall, Kerry James, 1955-  Search this
Interviewer:
Goncharov, Kathy  Search this
Extent:
86 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2008 August 8
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Kerry James Marshall conducted 2008 August 8, by Kathy Goncharov, for the Archives of American Art, at the artist's studio in Chicago, Illinois.
Biographical / Historical:
Kerry James Marshall (1955- ) is a painter and sculptor living and working in Chicago, Illinois. Marshall taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is best known for his large-scale paintings and sculptures.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 8 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:
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Sculptors -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.marsha08
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw927b89e4b-4fa8-45bf-b662-f783e0a0910e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-marsha08
Online Media:

Arnold Mesches papers

Creator:
Mesches, Arnold, 1923-  Search this
Names:
New York University  Search this
Ciment, Jill, 1953-  Search this
Danto, Arthur Coleman, 1924-  Search this
Marshall, Kerry James, 1955-  Search this
Miami Dade College  Search this
Miller, Henry, 1891-  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Siqueiros, David Alfaro  Search this
Storr, Robert  Search this
Wayne, June, 1918-2011  Search this
Zinn, Howard, 1922-2010  Search this
Extent:
13.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Collages
Diaries
Drawings
Sketches
Date:
1939-2015
Summary:
The papers of New York City and Gainesville, Florida based painter Arnold Mesches (1923-2016) measure 13.6 linear feet and date from 1939-2015. The collection documents Mesches' politically-engaged career and work process through biographical material, correspondence, writings, gallery and exhibition files, project files, subject files, teaching files, personal business records, printed material, and photographic material. Project files comprise a bulk of the collection and include grant files, activism files, project notebooks, and over 100 art project files containing drawings, source material, and photographic material for individual artworks.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York City and Gainesville, Florida based painter Arnold Mesches (1923-2016) measure 13.6 linear feet and date from 1939-2015. The collection documents Mesches' politically engaged career and work process through biographical material, correspondence, writings, gallery and exhibition files, project files, subject files, teaching files, personal business records, printed material, and photographic material.

Biographical material includes addresses, family papers, interview transcripts, life documents, identification cards, a residency file, resumes, biographical statements, and travel records. Correspondence is both personal and professional in nature and is with wife, novelist Jill Ciment, family, friends, artists, museums, galleries, and magazines. Notable correspondents include Arthur Danto, Robert Storr, June Wayne, and Howard Zinn. Single items of correspondence are from Kerry James Marshall, Henry Miller, Robert Motherwell, and Ben Shahn.

Writings include manuscripts of unpublished novels and short stories, autobiographical writings, recordings of dreams, introductions to artists, a journal, memorials, project proposals, statements on art and politics, notes from Mesches' psychotherapy sessions, as well as numerous outlines, fragments, and notes.

Gallery and exhibition files document dozens of Mesches' gallery and museum exhibitions, including his 2013 retrospective at Miami Dade College, Arnold Mesches: A Life's Work.

Project files consist of grant files, activism files, project notebooks, and art projects. Activism files pertain to the Los Angeles Peace Tower, Arts Coalition for Freedom of Expression, and the pardon of muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. Project notebooks contain preliminary sketches, technical notes including color palette and paint formulas, Polaroids of in-process works, and source material. Over 100 art project files further detail individual works, and include preliminary drawings in pen, pencil and charcoal, as well as collages, source material, and Polaroids. Several of Mesches' serial works are well represented here, including Anomie, Comings Attractions, and The FBI Files.

Subject files consist of a sequence of alphabetical files maintained by Mesches as reference material. Teaching files document posts at New York University and other institutions and include course descriptions, lists of materials, course notes, newsletters, reference articles, and correspondence.

Personal business records include documentation related to donations, Mesches' estate, gallery representation, inventories, properties, artwork shipment, supplies, and website design.

Printed material documents Mesches' career as both political illustrator and fine artist. Found here are brochures, leaflets, and Frontier and The Nation magazines featuring illustrations by Mesches. Calendars, newsletters, clippings, announcements, exhibition catalogs, and press releases document Mesches' gallery and museum exhibitions.

Photographic material includes hundreds of photographic prints, contact sheets, slides, and negatives of Arnold Mesches, Mesches' family and friends, studio, and artworks from his seven decade long career.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as ten series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1960s-2012 (0.2 linear feet, Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1949-2014 (0.8 linear feet, Box 1)

Series 3: Writings, 1958-2013 (1.1 linear feet, Box 2-3)

Series 4: Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1979-2015 (0.8 linear feet, Box 3)

Series 5: Project Files, 1950s-2014 (5.3 linear feet, Box 3-8, 15, OV 16-19)

Series 6: Subject Files, 1939-2000s (1.3 linear feet, Box 8-9)

Series 7: Teaching Files, 1992-2004 (0.2 linear feet, Box 9-10)

Series 8: Personal Business Records, 1983-2015 (0.5 linear feet, Box 10)

Series 9: Printed Material, 1950s-2000s (1.5 linear feet, Box 10-11, 15, OV 20)

Series 10: Photographic Material, 1940s-2010s (1.9 linear feet, Box 12-15)
Biographical / Historical:
Arnold Mesches (1923-2016) was a painter in New York, New York and Gainesville, Florida. Born in the Bronx and raised in upstate Dunkirk, New York, Mesches studied advertising design in high school before moving to Los Angeles in 1943 to study art at the Jepson Art Institute and Chouinard Art Institute.

Mesches began his career as a scenic painter for Hollywood while honing his own style as a fine artist and illustrator influenced by the political landscape and social realism. As a result of his political activity and involvement in the Communist Party, the FBI opened a file on Mesches in the 1950s, and began tracking his activities. The file, obtained by Mesches through a Freedom of Information Act request in 1999, became the basis for one of his most famous series, The FBI Files.

Throughout his life, Mesches was a socially-oriented figurative painter working in an expressionist style, mining the daily news and the current political landscape for subject matter, including the Cold War, the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and the Vietnam War. Mesches was also one of the organizers of the 1966 Peace Tower artwork in Los Angeles and contributed illustrations to Frontier magazine throughout the 1950s, and The Nation magazine from 1960s-1980s.

In the early 1980s, Mesches relocated to New York City with wife, novelist Jill Ciment.

Mesches held several teaching posts over the course of his career, including at the New School, New York University, and the University of Florida.
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives of American Art in 2017 by Jill Ciment, Mesches' widow.
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Painters -- Florida  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Political aspects  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting -- Technique  Search this
Politics in art  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Transcripts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Collages
Diaries
Drawings
Sketches
Citation:
Arnold Mesches papers, 1939-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.mescarno
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9415d73fe-0b7a-41fc-a1a6-7ac35ec38ac6
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mescarno
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Figuring history : Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas / edited by Catharina Manchanda ; with essays by Jacqueline Francis and Lowery Stokes Sims

Editor:
Manchanda, Catharina  Search this
Writer of added commentary:
Sims, Lowery Stokes  Search this
Francis, Jacqueline  Search this
Author:
Colescott, Robert 1925-2009 Paintings Selections  Search this
Marshall, Kerry James 1955- Paintings Selections  Search this
Thomas, Mickalene 1971- Paintings Selections  Search this
Host institution:
Seattle Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Colescott, Robert 1925-2009  Search this
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Thomas, Mickalene 1971-  Search this
Physical description:
95 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 x 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
20th century
21st century
Topic:
African American painting  Search this
History painting  Search this
African Americans in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1105066

Between worlds : the art of Bill Traylor / Leslie Umberger ; with an introduction by Kerry James Marshall

Author:
Umberger, Leslie  Search this
Writer of introduction:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Host institution:
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Traylor, Bill 1854-1949  Search this
Physical description:
444 pages : illustrations, maps ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
Topic:
Outsider art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.T77 U55 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1098533

Charles White : a retrospective / edited by Sarah Kelly Oehler and Esther Adler ; with essays by Esther Adler, Ilene Susan Fort, Kellie Jones, Sarah Kelly Oehler, Mark Pascale, and Deborah Willis ; and a preface by Kerry James Marshall

Editor:
Oehler, Sarah Kelly  Search this
Adler, Esther (Curator)  Search this
Writer of preface:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Organizer:
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
White, Charles 1918-1979  Search this
Physical description:
247 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 32 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African Americans in art  Search this
Race relations  Search this
In art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.W578 A53 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1094779

Kerry James Marshall : looking back / University Art Gallery, San Diego State University

Artist:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Host institution:
San Diego State University University Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
1 brochure : illustrations ; 18 x 59 cm, folded to 18 x 18 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Brochures
Place:
United States
Date:
1997
Topic:
Art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_804396

Kerry James Marshall : telling stories : selected paintings / [essay by Terri Sultan ; foreword by Gary Sangster]

Title:
Telling stories
Author:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Sultan, Terrie 1952-  Search this
Sangster, Gary  Search this
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art  Search this
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
72 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1994
Topic:
Art--Political aspects  Search this
Art and society  Search this
Human figure in art  Search this
Blacks in art  Search this
Call number:
ND237.M24623 A4 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_761525

Kerry James Marshall / text by Kerry James Marshall ; essay by Terrie Sultan ; conversation with Arthur Jafa

Author:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Sultan, Terrie 1952-  Search this
Jafa, Arthur  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
128 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2000
Call number:
N40.1.M3624 S85 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_619724

Mastry : Kerry James Marshall at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago / by Delinda Collier

Author:
Collier, Delinda 1973-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Exhibitions
Date:
2016
Call number:
N1 .A788
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1066042

Kerry James Marshall : moving the outside inside / Petra Frank-Witt

Author:
Frank-Witt, Petra  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2016
21st century
Topic:
Blacks in art  Search this
Call number:
NX1 .T445
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1085517

Kerry James Marshall / Charles Gaines, Greg Tate, Laurence Rassel

Author:
Gaines, Charles 1944-  Search this
Tate, Greg  Search this
Rassel, Laurence  Search this
Author:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955- Works Selections  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
158 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Date:
2017
21st century
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1072575

Posing the black painter : Kerry James Marshall's portraits of artists' self-portraits / Peter Erickson

Author:
Erickson, Peter  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2016
21st century
Topic:
Blacks in art  Search this
Call number:
NX1 .N737
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1080818

Kerry James Marshall : one true thing : meditations on black aesthetics

Title:
One true thing
Meditations on black aesthetics
Author:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Miami Art Museum  Search this
Baltimore Museum of Art  Search this
Studio Museum in Harlem  Search this
Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, Ala.)  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet (6 p.) : ill. (some col.), port. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
Call number:
N6537.M378 A4 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_830791

One true thing : meditations on Black aesthetics / Kerry James Marshall ; exhibition curator, Elizabeth A.T. Smith with Tricia Van Eck ; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Title:
Meditations on Black aesthetics
Kerry James Marshall : one true thing
Author:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Smith, Elizabeth A. T. 1958-  Search this
Van Eck, Tricia  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
lxviii, 34 p. : ill. (some col. and fold.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Themes, motives, etc
Place:
Illinois
Chicago
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Civil rights movements in art  Search this
African Americans in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_717852

One sure thing

Author:
Robinson, Joyce Henri  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
Call number:
NX164.N4 B5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_775891

Kerry James Marshall : mementos : the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, May 6, 1998-June 28, 1998

Title:
Mementos
Author:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Harris, Cheryl I  Search this
Powell, Richard J. 1953-  Search this
University of Chicago Renaissance Society  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
60 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 x 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
[1998?]
Topic:
African Americans in art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.M3624 R46 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_662347

Mementos : Kerry James Marshall

Title:
Kerry James Marshall
Author:
Mooney, Amy M  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1998
Call number:
NX1 .N737
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_670927

Kerry James Marshall : Secession, Vienna Christian Kravagna

Author:
Kravagna, Christian  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Exhibitions
Date:
2013
Call number:
N1 .A7864
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1002164

In the tower : Kerry James Marshall

Title:
Kerry James Marshall
Author:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Meyer, James Sampson 1962-  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Marshall, Kerry James 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
10 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Interviews
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2013
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1031757

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