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Oral history interview with Frank Romero

Interviewee:
Romero, Frank  Search this
Interviewer:
Rangel, Jeffrey J.  Search this
Names:
Los Four (Art group)  Search this
Otis Art Institute -- Students  Search this
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Mugnaini, Joseph A.  Search this
Rocha, Roberto de la  Search this
Sanchez Luján, Gilbert  Search this
Sheets, Millard, 1907-1989  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Extent:
99 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1997 January 17-March 2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Frank Romero conducted 1997 January 17-March 2, by Jeffrey Rangel, for the Archives of American Art, in Romero's studio, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Romero discusses his growing up in East Los Angeles and his large extended family; his earliest art studies in the public schools; attending the Otis Art Institute where he studied with Joe Mugnaini and had contact with Millard Sheets and Peter Voulkos; the "very polyglut culture" of East Los Angeles; the influences of television, western movies, rock-and-roll, and rhythm and blues on his early musical/artistic taste; time spent in New York; returning to Los Angeles in 1969; and his marriage and family.
He describes his move into Carlos Almaraz's house which became the informal meeting place of the artist group Los Four (Almaraz, Romero, Gilbert Sanchez Lujan, and Roberto "Beto" de la Rocha); the Los Four show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1974; and the stylistic aesthetics of Los Four.
Romero describes the "boys club" nature of Chicano art centers; his contributions to the Chicano art movement; his relationship to the Chicano/Mexican culture and mainstream U.S. culture; murals done by members of Los Four for the Inner City Mural Program; his work for the Metropolitan Transit Authority; the Murals of Aztlan exhibit in 1981 at the Craft and Folk Art Museum; and his shows at the ARCO Center for the Visual Arts. He concludes with his assessment of the Chicano arts movement, the relationship between economic and art cycles, and the role of the more established artists to those of a younger generation.
Biographical / Historical:
Frank Romero (1941- ) is a painter from Los Angeles, Calif.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 9 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 27 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. Funding for the interview provided by the Smithsonian Institution Latino Pool Fund.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Muralists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Mexican American artists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Mexican American art -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Street art  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.romero97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-romero97

Should government patronize the arts panel discussion

Creator:
Hollywood-Los Feliz Jewish Community Center  Search this
Ross, Kenneth, 1910-  Search this
Paxton, Mary Jean Wallace  Search this
Mugnaini, Joseph A.  Search this
Biberman, Edward, 1904-1986  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel (Sound recording, 5 in.)
25 Pages (Transcript: (on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Date:
1964 Apr. 28
Scope and Contents:
A panel discussion, "Should Government Patronize the Arts," sponsored by the Hollywood-Los Feliz Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles, California. Panel members are Sister Mary Jean, Joseph Mugnaina, and Kenneth Ross, with Edward Biberman as moderator.
General:
An interview of Joan Ankrum (4/28/64) conducted by B. Hoag is also on this tape.
Provenance:
Provenance unknown.
Restrictions:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.hollyw64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hollyw64

Oral history interview with Frank Romero, 1997 January 17-March 2

Interviewee:
Romero, Frank, 1941-  Search this
Interviewer:
Rangel, Jeffrey J.  Search this
Subject:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Mugnaini, Joseph A.  Search this
Rocha, Roberto de la  Search this
Sanchez Luján, Gilbert  Search this
Sheets, Millard  Search this
Voulkos, Peter  Search this
Four (Art group)  Search this
Otis Art Institute  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Mexican American artists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Mexican American art -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Street art  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13587
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216102
AAA_collcode_romero97
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216102
Online Media:

Drawing, a search for form [by] Joseph Mugnaini and Janice Lovoos

Author:
Mugnaini, Joseph A  Search this
Lovoos, Janice  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. illus. (part col.) 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1966
[1966, c1965]
Topic:
Drawing--Study and teaching  Search this
Form (Aesthetics)  Search this
Proportion (Art)  Search this
Call number:
NC745.M8 1966X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_402562

Oil painting; techniques and materials [by] Joseph Mugnaini

Author:
Mugnaini, Joseph A  Search this
Physical description:
160 p. illus. (part col.) 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
[1969]
Topic:
Painting--Technique  Search this
Artists' materials  Search this
Call number:
ND1500 .M95
ND1500.M95
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1461

A touch of strange / Theodore Sturgeon

Author:
Sturgeon, Theodore  Search this
Illustrator:
Mugnaini, Joseph A.  Search this
Physical description:
262 pages 22 cm
Type:
Books
Science fiction
Date:
1958
Topic:
Science fiction, American  Search this
Call number:
PZ3.W1426 ToX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1063183

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