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Oral history interview with Kiff Slemmons

Interviewee:
Slemmons, Kiff  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
Scripps College -- Students  Search this
University of Iowa -- Students  Search this
Adams, Leo  Search this
Benjamin, Walter  Search this
Di Mare, Dominic, 1932-  Search this
Herman, Lloyd E.  Search this
Holshuh, Virginia  Search this
Höch, Hannah, 1889-1978  Search this
Knobel, Esther, 1949-  Search this
La Plantz, David  Search this
Messager, Annette, 1943-  Search this
Solberg, Ramona  Search this
Steffins, Ella  Search this
Toledo, Francisco, 1940-  Search this
Extent:
92 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2007 November 1-2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Kiff Slemmons conducted 2007 November 1-2, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Slemmons' home and studio in Chicago, Illinois.
Slemmons speaks of her childhood growing up in a small town in Iowa; helping her mother in the town pharmacy; working the printing press with her dad, who published the town newspaper; taking art lessons in grade school; learning to play the piano; attending one year at Scripps College before living for a year in Paris; attending the University of Iowa majoring in French; taking basic art classes her senior year; a spring trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, with her future husband Rod; financing the trip by selling 150 pairs of earrings at the student art fair; visiting Monte Alban and being inspired by the ancient jewelry in Tomb 7; moving to Washington state; meeting Ella Steffens and doing jewelry repair work; a strong feeling of the maker's presence in work she repairs; the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi; imperfection as an attractive quality; the conscious decision made from jewelry making to art making, based more in ideas and concepts as opposed to simple decoration; series Hands of Heros, Figures of Speech; the importance of exhibiting her work as it would be seen worn as opposed to in cases under glass; the development of her breastplate pieces; the Top 10 Ethnic Hits; the layering of many meanings as well as materials in her work; her respect for the brevity of poetry and love of Emily Dickinson's work; the restraint of poetry in leaving things unsaid and her struggle to capture that essence; series Re:Pair and Imperfection coming out of her move to Chicago and the developing Iraq War; her workbench as an ever-changing sketchbook full of chaos, tension, and conversation; working with Francisco Toledo and the city of Oaxaca in developing paper jewelry; her travels to India, Africa, Mexico, and Japan; her piece Insectopedia and the great interest shown in it by entomologists; and her desire to send her work out in the world where it is seen and enjoyed. Slemmons also recalls Ramona Solberg, David LaPlantz, Leo Adams, Esther Knobel, Lloyd Herman, Dominic DiMare, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Hoch, Annette Messager, Virginia Holshuh, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Kiff Slemmons (1944- ) is a metal artist from Chicago, Illinois. Interviewer Mija Riedel is a curator and writer from San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 13 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hr., 19 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:
Metal-workers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Jewelry makers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.slemmo07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9222e9ba2-9f1f-46d3-a206-c1d21baa29b3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-slemmo07
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Annette Messager

Author:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Centre Georges Pompidou  Search this
EMMA--Espoon modernin taiteen museo  Search this
Kungnip Hyŏndae Misulgwan  Search this
Mori Bijutsukan  Search this
Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
255 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), port. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2008
C2008
Call number:
N6853.M44 A4 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_897668

Dépendanceindépendance / Annette Messager

Title:
Dépendance indépendance
Annette Messager : Dépendanceindépendance
Annette Messager
Author:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Hamburger Kunsthalle  Search this
Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1999
C1999]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_896115

Annette Messager : les messagers

Author:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Centre Georges Pompidou  Search this
Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
608 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
France
Date:
2007
[2007]
20th century
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_900560

Annette Messager : exhibition - exposition

Author:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany)  Search this
Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
87 pages : color illustrations ; 20 x 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2014
©2014
21st century
Topic:
Art, French  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1046619

Annette Messager : the messengers / Sophie Duplaix ... [et al.]

Title:
Messengers
Author:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Duplaix, Sophie  Search this
Rugoff, Ralph 1957-  Search this
McCracken, Siobhan  Search this
Hayward Gallery  Search this
Centre Georges Pompidou  Search this
Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
192 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2008
C2008
Call number:
N6853.M44 A413 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_920277

Casino : Annette Messager

Title:
Annette Messager
Author:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Biennale di Venezia (51st : 2005 :) Venice, Italy)  Search this
Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
168, [8] p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 17 x 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Italy
Venice
Date:
2005
C2005
Topic:
Site-specific installations (Art)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_822515

Annette Messager, word for word : texts, writings, and interviews / Annette Messager ; edited by Marie-Laure Bernadac

Author:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Bernadac, Marie-Laure  Search this
Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
460 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Interviews
Place:
France
Date:
2006
C2006
20th century
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Artists  Search this
Call number:
N6853.M44 A4 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_798849

ArtPace : new works for a new space : Annette Messager : Felix Gonzalez-Torres : Jesse Amado

Title:
New works for a new space
Author:
Pace Roberts Foundation for Contemporary Art  Search this
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
González-Torres, Félix 1957-1996  Search this
Amado, Jesse 1951-  Search this
ArtPace (Foundation : San Antonio, Tex.)  Search this
Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
González-Torres, Félix 1957-1996  Search this
Amado, Jesse 1951-  Search this
Physical description:
22 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
[1995], c1993
Call number:
N6535.S23 P33 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_796252

10 portraits photographiques de Christian Boltanksi, 1946-1964

Title:
Dix portraits photographiques de Christian Boltanski
Author:
Boltanski, Christian 1944-  Search this
Author:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[10] leaves all illustrations 22 cm
Type:
Books
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Place:
France
Date:
1972
Topic:
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
TR654 .B65 1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_780526

Annette Messager : pudique, publique / [mostra e catalogo a cura del Palazzo delle Papesse Centro arte contemporanea ; testi in catalogo, Lea Vergine, Robert Storr]

Title:
Pudique publique
Author:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Vergine, Lea  Search this
Storr, Robert  Search this
Palazzo delle papesse, centro arte contemporanea (Siena, Italy)  Search this
Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
173 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
C2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_786718

Annette Messager : between you and me / [curator and editor, Anne Karin Jortveit]

Title:
Between you and me
Author:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Jortveit, Anne Karin  Search this
Museet for samtidskunst (Norway)  Search this
Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
55 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
C2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_822913

L'envers des choses : Annette Messager, Cindy Sherman, George Kuchar

Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Sherman, Cindy  Search this
Kuchar, George 1942-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
C1993
Call number:
N6853.E68 A4 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_790507

The museum establishment and contemporary art : the politics of artistic display in France after 1968 / Rebecca J. DeRoo

Author:
DeRoo, Rebecca J  Search this
Subject:
Boltanski, Christian 1944- Influence  Search this
Messager, Annette 1943- Influence  Search this
Centre Georges Pompidou  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 271 p. : ill ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
France
Paris
Date:
2006
20th century
Topic:
Art museums--Management--Social aspects  Search this
Art and society--History  Search this
Artists and museums--History  Search this
General Strike, France, 1968  Search this
College students--Political activity  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_811624

Die Fortsetzungsromane mit Annette Messager Sammlerin, Annette Messager praktische Hausfrau, Annette Messager trickreiche Frau, Annette Messager Künstlerin = The serials with Annette Messager collector, Annette Messager practical woman, Annette Messager trickster, Annette Messager artist = Les feuilletons avec Annette Messager collectionneuse, Annette Messager femme pratique, Annette Messager tru...

Title:
Serials with Annette Messager collector ..
Feuilletons avec Annette Messager collectionneuse ..
Author:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Honnef, Klaus  Search this
Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn  Search this
Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
127 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1978
Call number:
N6853.M44 A4 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1016375

Anonymity & identity : Geneviève Cadieux, Thomas Florschuetz, Gary Hill, Annette Messager, Holly Wright : essays / by Leslie A. Brothers, Dorit Cypis, and Steven S. High

Title:
Anonymity and identity
Author:
Brothers, Leslie A  Search this
Cypis, Dorit 1951-  Search this
High, Steven S  Search this
Anderson Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Cadieux, Geneviève  Search this
Florschuetz, Thomas 1957-  Search this
Hill, Gary 1951-  Search this
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Wright, Holly 1941- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 16 x 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_654431

Annette Messager : faire parade 1971-1995 : 23 mars - 21 mai 1995, Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Les Musées de la ville de Paris : Annette Messager collectionneuse, Annette Messager artiste, Annette Messager femme pratique, Annette Messager truqueuse, Annette Messager colporteuse, Annette Messager amoureuse, Annette Messager paradeuse

Author:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Pagé, Suzanne  Search this
Lebovici, E (Elisabeth)  Search this
Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris  Search this
Musées de la ville de Paris  Search this
Association Paris musées  Search this
Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
220 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.), ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
C1995
Call number:
N6853.M44 A4 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_642646

Christian Boltanski, Jean Le Gac, Annette Messager : Dijon, Musée Rude, 2 juin-30 juillet 1973

Author:
Boltanski, Christian 1944-  Search this
Le Gac, Jean  Search this
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Lemoine, Marianne  Search this
Musée Rude  Search this
Subject:
Boltanski, Christian 1944-  Search this
Le Gac, Jean  Search this
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
75 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1973
Call number:
N6853.B54 C5 1973
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_654115

Annette Messager : comédie, tragédie, 1971-1989

Author:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Lemoine, Serge  Search this
Musée de Grenoble  Search this
Bonner Kunstverein  Search this
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen  Search this
La Roche-sur-Yon (France) Musée municipal  Search this
Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
208 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
Call number:
N6853.M44 A4 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639610

Annette Messager : Galerija suvremene umjetnosti, 12.6-29.6, 1975 / [urednik kataloga, Marijan Susovski]

Author:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Susovski, Marijan  Search this
Galerija suvremene umjetnosti (Zagreb, Croatia)  Search this
Subject:
Messager, Annette 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
[28] p. : chiefly ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1975
[1975]
Topic:
Women artists--Quotations--Exhibitions  Search this
Aphorisms and apothegms in art--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N6853.M44 A4 1975
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_642865

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