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Oral history interview with Michael W. Monroe

Interviewee:
Monroe, Michael W.  Search this
Creator:
Herman, Lloyd E.  Search this
Names:
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Renwick Gallery  Search this
Extent:
8 Items (sound files (3 hr., 59 min.) Audio, digital, wav)
71 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2018 January 22-March 1
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Michael W. Monroe conducted 2018 January 22-March 1, by Lloyd Herman, for the Archives of American Art, at the home of Michael Monroe and at the home of Lloyd Herman, in Seattle, Washington.
Monroe speaks of his childhood in Racine, Wisconsin; his Danish immigrant community and early exposure to Danish design; early experiences of art-making; his art and teaching education at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee; experiences with Midwestern art museums in adolescence and young adulthood; his graduate art education at the Cranbrook Academy of Art; his work as gallery director at SUNY Oneonta in the early 1970s; his approach to evaluating and curating craftwork; his curatorial tenure and close collaboration with Herman at the Renwick Gallery; securing the Renwick's Albert Paley gates; his lifestyle in the Washington, DC area; the American craft movement's shift towards the marketplace, social media, and quick do-it-yourself methods; organizing the "Craft Multiples" traveling exhibition; the beginning of the Renwick's collections policy; organizing "Celebration: A World of Art and Ritual;" organizing the White House Collection of Crafts and its eventual transfer to the Clinton Presidential Library; his continued involvement with the craft world after retirement from the Renwick; his tenure as executive director of the Bellevue Arts Museum; his mentorship of young craft artists; and his sense of the past and future of American crafts. Monroe also recalls Sylvester Jerry, Cherry Barr Jerry, Robert Verizer, Robert Kidd, George Ortman, Julius Schmidt, Richard DeVore, Steve Frykholm, Jon Eric Riis, Arturo Sandoval, Gretchen Bellinger, Bernadette Monroe, Robert Arneson, David Gilhooly, William Harper, Wendell Castle, Fran├žoise Grossen, Claire Zeisler, Sarah Booth Conroy, Sheila Hicks, Dale Chihuly, Arthur Mason, Jane Mason, Betty Ford, Joan Mondale, Rosalynn Carter, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Paul Gottlieb, Peter Joseph, Matthew Kangas, Mark Haley, Nora Atkinson, and others. Herman recalls Susan Mellon, Joshua Taylor, Paul Gardner, Charles Eldredge, Elizabeth Broun, Paul Smith, Rose Slivka, Diane Douglas, Janet Kardon, William Morris, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Michael W. Monroe (1940- ) is director emeritus of the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington. Lloyd Herman (1936- ) is the founding director (emeritus) of the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. who resides in Seattle, Washington.
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:
The transcript and recording are open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Arts -- Management  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Curators -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Curators -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.monroe18
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-monroe18

Oral history interview with Michael W. Monroe, 2018 January 22-March 1

Interviewee:
Monroe, Michael W., 1940-  Search this
Interviewer:
Herman, Lloyd E., 1936-  Search this
Subject:
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Renwick Gallery  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Arts -- Management  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Curators -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Curators -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17549
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)393144
AAA_collcode_monroe18
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_393144
Online Media:

General Correspondence, 1970-2015

Creator:
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Herman, Lloyd E  Search this
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Trapp, Kenneth R  Search this
Kennedy, Robyn  Search this
Milosch, Jane  Search this
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1970
1970-2015
Topic:
Museums--Administration  Search this
Art museum directors  Search this
Art museum curators  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 20-085
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years. until Jan-01-2031; Transferring office; 4/26/2010 memorandum, Toda to Robinson; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
General Correspondence 1970-2016 [Renwick Gallery]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_399124

Departmental Records, 1991-2002, 2007-2009

Creator:
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Herman, Lloyd E  Search this
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Trapp, Kenneth R  Search this
Milosch, Jane  Search this
Hergesheimer, Marguerite  Search this
Smithsonian Women's Committee  Search this
Physical description:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1991
1991-2009
1991-2002, 2007-2009
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Art museum curators  Search this
Art museum directors  Search this
Museums--Acquisitions  Search this
Fund raising  Search this
Lectures and lecturing  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Publications  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 20-087
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years. until Jan-01-2025; Transferring office; 06/04/2014 memorandum, Toda to Robinson; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Departmental Records 1957, 1961-2009 [Renwick Gallery]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_399126

General Correspondence, 1970-2016

Creator:
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Trapp, Kenneth R  Search this
Herman, Lloyd E  Search this
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Kennedy, Robyn  Search this
Bell, Nicholas R  Search this
Milosch, Jane  Search this
Physical description:
9.5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1970
1970-2016
Topic:
Museums--Administration  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Art museum curators  Search this
Art museum directors  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00123
Restrictions & Rights:
Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
General Correspondence 1970-2016 [Renwick Gallery]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_256472

Departmental Records, 1957, 1961-2009

Creator:
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Herman, Lloyd E  Search this
Scott, David W. 1916-  Search this
Taylor, Joshua C (Joshua Charles) 1917-1981  Search this
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Davis, Robert Tyler  Search this
Trapp, Kenneth R  Search this
Milosch, Jane  Search this
Hergesheimer, Marguerite  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
3 cu. ft. processed holdings
35.25 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Exhibition catalogs
Color photographs
Floor plans
Black-and-white negatives
Color transparencies
Brochures
Architectural drawings
Color negatives
Date:
1957
1957-2009
1957, 1961-2009
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museums--Acquisitions  Search this
Fund raising  Search this
Lectures and lecturing  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Publications  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Art museum directors  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00377
Restrictions & Rights:
Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Departmental Records 1957, 1961-2009 [Renwick Gallery]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219777

Agency history, 1973-

Creator:
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Herman, Lloyd E  Search this
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Trapp, Kenneth R  Search this
Kennedy, Robyn  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1973
1973-
Topic:
Museum curators  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00157
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_221207

Drawing in the Third Dimension

Author:
Monroe, Michael W.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1986
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_107626

Anchors in time : Dominic Di Mare / by Signe S. Mayfield ; foreward by JoAnn Edwards

Author:
Mayfield, Signe  Search this
Di Piero, W. S  Search this
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design  Search this
Subject:
Di Mare, Dominic 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
175 pages, 124 leaves of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
California
Date:
2018
20th century
Topic:
Fiberwork  Search this
Wall hangings  Search this
Paper sculpture  Search this
Wood sculpture  Search this
Soft sculpture  Search this
Watercolor painting  Search this
Arts and crafts movement  Search this
Exhibition catalogs  Search this
Call number:
N6537.D476 A4 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1092905

The animal image : contemporary objects and the beast / Michael W. Monroe

Author:
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1981
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .M58X
N6512 .M58X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_140491

William Harper, recent works in enamel : [exhibition] November 24, 1977-March 26, 1978

Title:
Recent works in enamel
Author:
Harper, William 1944-  Search this
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Harper, William 1944-  Search this
Physical description:
1 pamphlet : illustrations ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
1977
[1977]
Topic:
Enamel and enameling  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1079860

Garry Knox Bennett : call me chairmaker / foreword by Michael W. Monroe, director and chief curator ; essays by Matthew Kangas; Glenn Adamson; Arthur C. Danto ; and Stefano Catalani

Title:
Call me chairmaker
Author:
Bennett, Garry Knox 1934-  Search this
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Kangas, Matthew  Search this
Adamson, Glenn  Search this
Danto, Arthur C. 1924-2013-  Search this
Catalani, Stefano  Search this
Bellevue Arts Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Bennett, Garry Knox 1934-  Search this
Physical description:
96 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2006
C2006
20th century
Topic:
Chairs--History  Search this
Chair design--History  Search this
Furniture design--History  Search this
Call number:
NK2715 .B46 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_818663

Thomas Mann : metal artist / Andrei Codrescu, Lloyd E. Herman ; foreword by Michael W. Monroe

Author:
Codrescu, Andrei 1946-  Search this
Mann, Thomas 1947-  Search this
Herman, Lloyd E  Search this
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Subject:
Mann, Thomas 1947- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
127 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Jewelry  Search this
Art metal-work  Search this
Metal sculpture  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_825408

William Harper : volumes of souls

Title:
Volumes of souls
Author:
Harper, William 1944-  Search this
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Kennedy Galleries  Search this
Subject:
Harper, William 1944- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
[30] p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1998
C1998
Call number:
N6537.H353 A4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_787873

Turning wood into art : the Jane and Arthur Mason collection / essays by Suzanne Ramljak and Michael W. Monroe ; Mark Richard Leach, curator and general editor

Author:
Ramljak, Suzanne  Search this
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Leach, Mark Richard  Search this
Mint Museum of Craft + Design  Search this
Subject:
Mason, Jane S Art collections  Search this
Mason, Arthur K Art collections  Search this
Mint Museum of Craft + Design  Search this
Physical description:
208 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
North Carolina
Charlotte
Date:
2000
20th century
Topic:
Woodwork--History  Search this
Woodwork  Search this
Turning--History  Search this
Turning  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_607808

The White House collection of American crafts [electronic resource]

Title:
NMAA: The White House collection of American crafts
Author:
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Dietz, Steve  Search this
Taylor, John Bigelow  Search this
National Museum of American Art (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
White House (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Type:
Electronic resources
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1995
[1995?]-
20th century
Topic:
Decorative arts--History  Search this
Call number:
NK808
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_695997

The White House collection of American crafts / Michael W. Monroe ; with an essay by Barbaralee Diamonstein ; foreword by Elizabeth Broun ; photography by John Bigelow Taylor

Author:
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Barbaralee  Search this
National Museum of American Art (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
White House (Washington, D.C.) Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
128 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1995
20th century
Topic:
Handicraft--History  Search this
Call number:
NK808 .M75 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_475757

Michael Peterson : evolution, revolution / essays by Robyn Horn, Matthew Kangas, Kevin Wallace ; interview by Michael W. Monroe

Title:
Evolution, revolution
Author:
Peterson, Michael 1952-  Search this
Horn, Robyn 1951-  Search this
Kangas, Matthew  Search this
Wallace, Kevin (Ballroom dancer)  Search this
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Bellevue Arts Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
Peterson, Michael 1952-  Search this
Peterson, Michael 1952-  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Interviews
Date:
2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_961488

On the Edge -- A Certain Future from an Uncertain Past: The Reemergence of Bellevue Arts Museum

Author:
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
Subject:
Bellevue Arts Museum  Search this
Type:
Citations
Date:
2007
Topic:
Museums -- Law and legislation  Search this
Trustees  Search this
Community participation  Search this
Publisher:
Philadelphia, PA American Law Institute American Bar Association ALI-A
Data Source:
Museum Studies Bibliography
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_bib_18055

RG Director Herman Resigns

Subject:
Herman, Lloyd E  Search this
Monroe, Michael W  Search this
National Museum of American Art (U.S.)  Search this
Renwick Gallery)  Search this
Date:
May 30, 1986
Topic:
Art museum curators  Search this
Art museum directors  Search this
Resignations  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_1990

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