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Oral history interview with Marek Cecula

Interviewee:
Cecula, Marek, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Barneys New York  Search this
Garth Clark Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Kunst- og designhögskolen i Bergen  Search this
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Parsons School of Design -- Faculty  Search this
Tiffany and Company  Search this
Cecula, Lanie  Search this
De Waal, Edmund  Search this
Earl, Jack  Search this
Koplos, Janet  Search this
Kottler, Howard, 1930-1989  Search this
Mayer, Jean  Search this
Nagle, Ron  Search this
Ogen, Gdula, 1929-  Search this
Price, Kenneth, 1935-2012  Search this
Shire, Peter  Search this
Spurey, Gerda  Search this
Spurey, Kurt, 1941-  Search this
Veiteberg, Jorunn, 1955-  Search this
Extent:
104 Pages (Transcript)
10 Items (Sound recording: 10 sound files (4 hr., 55 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Brazil -- Description and Travel
Israel -- Description and Travel
Poland -- description and travel
SoHo (New York, N.Y.) -- Description and Travel
Date:
2009 May 19-20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Marek Cecula conducted 2009 May 19-20, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Cecula's studio, in New York, New York.
Marek Cecula speaks of his childhood in Kielce, Poland, during World War II; his move to Israel at age 16; studies with ceramists Gdula Ogen and Jean Mayer; the influence of Japanese ceramics on his early studies; life on the kibbutz HaSolelim in the late 1960s and early 1970s; the influence of Kurt and Gerda Spurey and their use of porcelain and slip-casting; his work in both functional and sculptural ceramics; his move to Tel Aviv in early 1970s, then to a commune in Binyamina in 1971; his move to Curitiba, Brazil, and subsequent work with Schmidt porcelain factory; "Art Project 79" exhibition, La Jola, Curitiba, Brazil, 1979; his move to Washington, D.C., with girlfriend (later wife) Lanie in 1976; Klepisko (2008); the cyclical nature in his work; move to New York City in late 1970s; the Soho arts scene in the 1970s and '80s; his work blending design and sculpture; establishing Contemporary Porcelain gallery, 1978; interest in work by Memphis Group, Peter Shire, Jack Earl, Ken Price, and Ron Nagle; head of ceramics department, at Parsons School of Design, New York City (1985-2004); continued design and production work, including for Tiffany & Co. and Barneys New York; establishment of Modus Design firm; continued exploration of industrial processes and use of decals in his work; influence of Howard Kottler; his quest to balance digital and handmade processes, and the continued importance of the tactile; "Scatology" exhibition; series Hygiene, his first purely sculptural series; Porcelain Carpet; representation at Garth Clark Gallery (New York City, Los Angeles, and Kansas City, Missouri); series Violations; series Mutants; series Industrial Interference; "Interface" exhibition (2002), in response to terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001; Look Into My Mind; The Stand For the Heroes, 2001; series Beauty of Imperfection; move to Poland in early 2000s; a teaching/artistic position at Bergen National Academy of Arts, Norway; establishment of Design Centrum Kielce in late 2000s; Menorah, 2007, Kielce (site-specific); Six Stations, 2007, Porsgrunn, Norway (site-specific); future projects for the city of Kielce; work with the Łódź Design Festival, Poland, and design center in Cieszyn, Poland; "kilo of earth" product; Last Supper; Mandala; Islam; limitations and advantages of ceramics as a medium; his globalized, multicultural experiences and outlook; the European vanguard in ceramics; periodicals and publications of interest; writers of interest: Edmund de Waal, Jorunn Veiteberg, Janet Koplos; the "desire society"; curating Third Biennale for Israeli Ceramics, 2004; fusion art, craft, and design; "Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics," Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 2008; redefinition of the concept of the object.
Biographical / Historical:
Marek Cecula (1944- ) is a ceramist and designer, who lives and works in New York and Poland.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 55 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.
Occupation:
Ceramicists  Search this
Topic:
Ceramicists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Ceramics -- Japan  Search this
Ceramics -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ceramics -- Technique  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Kibbutzim  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.cecula09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e05d630a-38d3-4e7f-81a8-6ad7f55a5d9b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cecula09
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Marek Cecula, 2009 May 19-20

Interviewee:
Cecula, Marek, 1944-  Search this
Cecula, Marek, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Cecula, Lanie  Search this
De Waal, Edmund  Search this
Earl, Jack  Search this
Koplos, Janet  Search this
Kottler, Howard  Search this
Mayer, Jean  Search this
Nagle, Ron  Search this
Ogen, Gdula  Search this
Price, Kenneth  Search this
Shire, Peter  Search this
Spurey, Gerda  Search this
Spurey, Kurt  Search this
Veiteberg, Jorunn  Search this
Barneys New York  Search this
Garth Clark Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Kunst- og designhögskolen i Bergen  Search this
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Parsons School of Design  Search this
Tiffany and Company  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Brazil -- description and travel
Israel -- description and travel
Poland -- description and travel
SoHo (New York, N.Y.) -- Description and travel
Topic:
Ceramicists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Ceramics -- Japan  Search this
Ceramics -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ceramics -- Technique  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Kibbutzim  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15681
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282772
AAA_collcode_cecula09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_282772
Online Media:

Memphis : research, experiences, results, failures and successes of new design / Barbara Radice

Author:
Radice, Barbara 1943-  Search this
Subject:
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Physical description:
207 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Italy
Milan
Date:
1984
C1984
Topic:
Furniture design  Search this
Design  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Call number:
NK1452.M6 R12
NK1452.M6R12
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_201771

Less is a Bore : Reflections on Memphis / curator: Julia Höner

Curator:
Höner, Julia  Search this
Host institution:
KAI 10 Raum für Kunst.  Search this
Arthena Foundation  Search this
Subject:
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Physical description:
143 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Italy
Milan
Date:
2016
Topic:
Design  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1081629

Shaken, Not Stirred

Creator:
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:30:20 +0000
Topic:
Design  Search this
See more posts:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Data Source:
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_eb908523afa81ca839cd6830cf24cde4

Memphis, objects, furniture, & patterns / Richard Horn

Author:
Horn, Richard 1954-  Search this
Subject:
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Physical description:
125 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Italy
Date:
1986
1985
C1986
20th century
Topic:
Design--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_774440

Memphis : ricerche, esperienze, risultati, fallimenti e successi del nuovo design / Barbara Radice

Author:
Radice, Barbara 1943-  Search this
Subject:
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Physical description:
207 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1984
C1984
20th century
Topic:
Decorative arts--History  Search this
Call number:
NK1396.M46 R32 1984X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_560571

Memphis, 1981-1988

Author:
Hofstede, Poul ter  Search this
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Subject:
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Physical description:
160 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1989
C1989
Call number:
NK1396.M46 M53m 1989
NK1396.M46M53m 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_410805

Memphis : research, experiences, results, failures, and successes of new design / Barbara Radice

Author:
Radice, Barbara 1943-  Search this
Subject:
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Physical description:
207 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1995
[1995]
20th century
Topic:
Decorative arts--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_498022

Memphis, una questione di stile / a cura di Paolo Martegani, Andrea Mazzoli, Riccardo Montenegro ; presentazione di Ernesto Rampelli ; introduzione di Enzo Frateili

Author:
Martegani, Paolo 1938-  Search this
Mazzoli, Andrea  Search this
Montenegro, Riccardo  Search this
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Subject:
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Physical description:
[46] p. : ill. ; 22 x 22 cm. + 12 col. slides
Type:
Books
Place:
Italy
Date:
1984
C1984
20th century
Topic:
Design--History  Search this
Furniture design  Search this
Decoration and ornament  Search this
Call number:
NK1396.M46 M53 1984
NK1396.M46M53 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_312445

Memphis--objects, furniture, and patterns / Richard Horn

Author:
Horn, Richard 1954-  Search this
Subject:
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Physical description:
125 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Italy
Date:
1985
C1985
20th century
Topic:
Design--History  Search this
Call number:
NK1396.M46H67 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_270068

Italian new wave design : Memphis and the recent work of Ettore Sottsass, Jr. : a bibliography / Carole Cable

Author:
Cable, Carole  Search this
Subject:
Sottsass, Ettore 1917-2007  Search this
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Physical description:
5 p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Bibliography
Place:
Italy
Date:
1985
Topic:
Industrial design  Search this
Call number:
Z7914.I5 C115 1985
Z7914.I5 C115 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_270737

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