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Oral history interview with Judy Kensley McKie

Interviewee:
McKie, Judy Kensley, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cooke, Edward S., 1954-  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:
88 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 November 22
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Judy Kensley McKie conducted 2004 November 22, by Edward S. Cooke, Jr., for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
McKie speaks of having artist parents; growing up in Lexington, Massachusetts; doing art projects as a child; studying painting at the Rhode Island School of Design; spending her senior year in Rome; teaching art at a private school; making wall hangings and other early projects with her husband Todd; her first furniture pieces; exhibiting her work at Design Research in Boston; joining New Hamburger Cabinetworks; working on commissioned projects; being a self-taught furniture maker; working in a cooperative shop; becoming interested in wood carving; using animal imagery in her work; being influenced by art from other cultures; students who worked in the shop; exhibiting in galleries such as Pritam & Eames; participating in various exhibitions; how her work has changed during her career; experimenting with colors and figure designs; becoming part of the woodworking community; having her work cast in bronze and carved in stone; making small-scale objects out of resin; working on public art projects; how the craft world has changed; preparing for exhibitions; her current studio space; and the future of furniture making. McKie also recalls Ted Dodd, Mary Gregory, James Krenov, Wendell Castle, Garry Knox Bennett, Alphonse Mattia, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Judy Kensley McKie (1944- ) is a furniture maker from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Edward S. Cooke, Jr. is a professor from Newtonville, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 1 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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Woodworkers -- Massachusetts  Search this
Educators  Search this
Furniture designers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
Furniture making  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.mckie04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c67bcdec-dfc6-45f6-8612-f34587e80e75
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mckie04
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Tommy Simpson

Interviewee:
Simpson, Tommy  Search this
Interviewer:
Cooke, Edward S., 1954-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Boston University. Program in Artisanry -- Faculty  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art -- Students  Search this
Museum of Arts and Design (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Northern Illinois University -- Students  Search this
University of Hartford -- Faculty  Search this
Castle, Wendell, 1932-2018  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
Maruyama, Wendy, 1952-  Search this
McKie, Judy Kensley, 1944-  Search this
Newman, Richard, (Artist)  Search this
Sepeshy, Zoltan, 1898-1974  Search this
Smith, Paul J., 1931-  Search this
Zucca, Edward  Search this
Extent:
6 Items (Sound recording: 6 sound files (3 hr., 54 min.), digital, wav)
89 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
China -- Description and Travel
Europe -- description and travel
Date:
2004 May 6-July 2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Tommy Simpson conducted 2004 May 6-July 2, by Edward S. Cooke, Jr., for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.
Simpson speaks of growing up in rural Illinois; making things as a child; discovering his interest in art at Northern Illinois University; getting an MFA in painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art; using the wood shop at Cranbrook; exhibiting at various galleries in New York City and moving to Connecticut; showing work in the "Fantasy Furniture" exhibit at the Museum of Arts & Design; visiting Europe; the New York studio furniture market in the 1960s; writing the book, "Fantasy Furniture"; exhibiting in "Objects USA;" working as artist in residence at the Fairtree Gallery; teaching at the University of Hartford; his work ethic and productivity; living and working in Greenwich, Connecticut; the constraints of being classified as a furniture maker; teaching briefly at the Program In Artisanry and other schools; the increased public interest in fine woodworking in the 1980s; changes in the craft market; writing the book, "Two Looks to Home"; the influence of events on his work; his current interest in making whole interiors; working on commission; the current public interest in craft; expressing themes in his work; his working process in his studio; the future of fine woodworking; the difficulties of working with galleries; designing rugs; and visiting China. Simpson also recalls Zoltan Sepeshy, Wendell Castle, Paul Smith, Sam Maloof, Edward Zucca, Wendy Maruyama, Richard Newman, Judy McKie, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Tommy Simpson (1939- ) is a furniture maker and sculptor from Washington Depot, Connecticut. Edward S. Cooke, Jr. is a professor from Newtonville, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 54 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:
Cabinetmakers  Search this
Sculptors -- Connecticut  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Furniture making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Painting -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.simpso04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95d21c644-be78-4a66-83ff-e67f648199b8
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-simpso04
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Judy Kensley McKie, 2004 November 22

Interviewee:
McKie, Judy Kensley, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cooke, Edward S., 1954-  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Furniture making  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12483
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)249411
AAA_collcode_mckie04
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_249411
Online Media:

McKie : Todd McKie and Judy Kensley McKie, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, patrons and friends, 13th annual exhibition, May 13-July 29, 1990

Author:
McKie, Todd 1944-  Search this
McKie, Judy Kensley 1944-  Search this
Belz, Carl  Search this
Rose Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
McKie, Todd 1944- Exhibitions  Search this
McKie, Judy Kensley 1944- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
43 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
C1990
Call number:
N6537.M3323.M35.1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635364

McKie : Todd McKie and Judy Kensley McKie : Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts : patrons and friends, 13th annual exhibition, May 13-July 29, 1990

Author:
McKie, Todd 1944-  Search this
McKie, Judy Kensley 1944-  Search this
Belz, Carl  Search this
Rose Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
McKie, Todd 1944- Exhibitions  Search this
McKie, Judy 1944- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
43 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
C1990
Call number:
N40.1.M16443 R7 1990
N40.1.M16443R7 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_395856

Lizard Column, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
McKie, Judy Kensley 1944-  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Brandeis University Rose Art Museum P.O. Box 9110 Waltham Massachusetts 02254 Accession Number: 1990.2
Date:
1989. Cast 1990
Topic:
Architecture--Detail--Column  Search this
Animal--Reptile--Lizard  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66280075
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_302117

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