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Oral history interview with Howard Ben Tré

Interviewee:
Ben Tré, Howard, 1949-2020  Search this
Interviewer:
Shea, Josephine, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Appalachian Center for Craft  Search this
Brooklyn College -- Students  Search this
Brooklyn Technical High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cristallerie Daum  Search this
Hadler/Rodriguez Gallery  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Missouri Valley College -- Students  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Pilchuck School  Search this
Portland State University -- Students  Search this
Rhode Island School of Design -- Students  Search this
Venceremos Brigade  Search this
Aycock, Alice  Search this
Brychtová, Jaroslava, 1924-  Search this
Chihuly, Dale, 1941-  Search this
Dailey, Dan, 1947-  Search this
Hampson, Ferdinand  Search this
LaMonte, Karen, 1967-  Search this
Labino, Dominick  Search this
Libenský, Stanislav, 1921-2002  Search this
Littleton, Harvey K.  Search this
Onorato, Ronald J.  Search this
Parker, Anthony  Search this
Polander, Steve  Search this
Scanga, Italo, 1932-2001  Search this
Extent:
63 Pages (Transcript)
3 Sound discs (Sound recording (4 hr., 3 min.), digital, 2 5/8 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound discs
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Cuba -- Description and Travel
Europe -- description and travel
Date:
2007 July 7
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Howard Ben Tré conducted 2007 July 7, by Josephine Shea, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the artist's studio, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Ben Tré speaks of his childhood in Rockaway Park, New York; his Polish immigrant father who was a woodworker and artist; inheriting a particular aesthetic and sense of hard work from his father; attending Brooklyn Technical High School to play football but not graduating; moving to Marshall, Missouri to attend Missouri Valley College for one year; attending Brooklyn College; becoming involved in Students for a Democratic Society, the antiwar movement and civil rights movement of the 1960s; traveling to Cuba as part of the first Venceremos Brigade to cut sugarcane in 1969; meeting his first wife, Gay, in Cuba and returning to New York with her; organizing a food co-op and community events in Brooklyn; moving to Portland, Oregon; working in construction for the city before going back to school to study veterinarian medicine at Portland State University; discovering the glass studio in a garage at Portland State; meeting Dale Chihuly and working at Pilchuck Glass School; utilizing the foundry skills learned from Brooklyn Technical High to work with glass in casting and cope and drag methods; his series Burial Boxes and the influence of ancient architecture and ceremonial Chinese bronzes; the rise of the studio glass movement as symptomatic of socio-political-economic times, not just the pioneering efforts of Harvey Littleton and Dominic Labino; traveling throughout Europe with Gay; visiting Stanislav Libenský and Jaraslava Brychtová in Czechoslovakia; visiting Dan Dailey at Cristallerie Daum in France; attending Rhode Island School of Design [RISD]; his first show at Hadler/Rodriguez Gallery in 1980; teaching experiences at Haystack Mountain School of Craft and Appalachian Center for Craft; building and installing an oven at Blenko Glass in Milton, West Virginia and at Super Glass in Brooklyn; working with Mold Melted Glass Studio in Pelechov, Czech Republic; the history of glass and early glass-working techniques; his many commissions, including sited public projects such as Post Office Square in Boston; the adoption of his name, Ben Tré; return visits to Cuba; working with RISD to create a winter study session in Havana; and his view of artists as artists, not defined by medium. Ben Tré also recalls Anthony Parker, Italo Scanga, Ron Onorato, Alice Aycock, Ferdinand Hampson, Steven Polander, Karen LaMonte, among others.
Biographical / Historical:
Howard Ben Tré (1949- 2020) was a glass artist from Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Josephine Shea is a curator from Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.
General:
Originally recorded 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 3 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:
Glass artists  Search this
Topic:
Art commissions  Search this
Civil rights -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Glass art -- Technique  Search this
Peace movements  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.bentre07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d4615d25-e2f4-4f9f-8c8b-9587cb029302
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bentre07
Online Media:

Onorato, Ronald J.

Collection Artist:
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 46
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970
Collection Restrictions:
Access to the collection requires an advanced appointment. Contact collection staff at least two weeks prior to preferred date, at AmericanArtCornellStudy@si.edu.

Series 9: Artifacts and Ephemera, Series 13: Personal Library and Book Collection, and Series 14: Record Album Collection, are still undergoing processing and preservation and may not be available for research use. Record albums are unavailable for playback. Contact collection staff for full lists of publications and record albums.
Collection Rights:
Unpublished materials are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.
Collection Citation:
Joseph Cornell Study Center collection, 1750-1980, bulk 1930-1972. Joseph Cornell Study Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
See more items in:
Joseph Cornell Study Center Collection
Joseph Cornell Study Center Collection / Series 2: Correspondence / 2.1: General Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Research and Scholars Center
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ih769276024-c2c1-44a7-8f5b-7868655fec60
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-saam-jcsc-1-ref1348

Oral history interview with Howard Ben Tré, 2007 July 7

Interviewee:
Ben Tré, Howard, 1949-2020  Search this
Ben Tré, Howard, 1949-2020  Search this
Interviewer:
Shea, Josephine, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Aycock, Alice  Search this
Brychtová, Jaroslava  Search this
Chihuly, Dale  Search this
Dailey, Dan  Search this
Hampson, Ferdinand  Search this
Labino, Dominick  Search this
LaMonte, Karen  Search this
Libenský, Stanislav  Search this
Littleton, Harvey K.  Search this
Onorato, Ronald J.  Search this
Parker, Anthony  Search this
Polander, Steve  Search this
Scanga, Italo  Search this
Appalachian Center for Craft  Search this
Brooklyn College  Search this
Brooklyn Technical High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cristallerie Daum  Search this
Hadler/Rodriguez Gallery  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Missouri Valley College  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Pilchuck School  Search this
Portland State University  Search this
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
Venceremos Brigade  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Cuba -- Description and travel
Europe -- description and travel
Topic:
Art commissions  Search this
Civil rights -- United States  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Glass art -- Technique  Search this
Peace movements  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13647
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)272881
AAA_collcode_bentre07
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_272881
Online Media:

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts : and the development of an academic curriculum in the nineteenth century / by Ronald J. Onorato

Author:
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
Subject:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts History  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 244 leaves : ill., facsims., plans, ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Date:
1977
Topic:
Art--Study and teaching (Higher)  Search this
Call number:
mfm207
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_112464

Wendy Edwards : paintings & drawings / [essay by Ronald J. Onorato]

Author:
Edwards, Wendy  Search this
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
David Winton Bell Gallery (Brown University)  Search this
Subject:
Edwards, Wendy  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : col. ill., port. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
C1989
Call number:
ND237.E434 A4 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_705230

Francesc Torres : the dictatorship of swiftness : May 31-August 3, 1986, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art

Author:
Torres, Francesc 1948-  Search this
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art  Search this
Subject:
Torres, Francesc 1948-  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet (6 p.) : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
[1986]
Call number:
N7113.T64 A4 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_707054

The Rhode Island connection : fifteen contemporary glass masters / curated by Virginia Lynch ; essay by Ronald J. Onorato

Author:
Lynch, Virginia  Search this
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
Newport Art Museum (R.I.)  Search this
Subject:
Rhode Island School of Design Alumni and alumnae  Search this
Physical description:
16 p. : col. ill. ; 21 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Rhode Island
Date:
1993
1993]
Topic:
Glass art  Search this
Call number:
NK5112 .R46 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_721329

Thomas Hart Benton, Frank Lloyd Wright : a transcript of the addresses and exchanges between Frank Lloyd Wright & Thomas Hart Benton, Providence, Rhode Island, November 11, 1932 / introduction and notes by Ronald J. Onorato ; edited, and with an afterword by Thomas Weston Fels

Author:
Benton, Thomas Hart 1889-1975  Search this
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
Fels, Thomas Weston  Search this
Subject:
Benton, Thomas Hart 1889-1975  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 20 p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Architecture, Modern  Search this
Call number:
ND237.B47 A35 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_727999

Buildings of Rhode Island / William H. Jordy ; Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward, contributing editors

Author:
Jordy, William H  Search this
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
Woodward, William McKenzie  Search this
Physical description:
xxvi, 704 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Guidebooks
Place:
Rhode Island
Date:
2004
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_739422

Sculpture Chicago '89 : May 10th-October 27th, 1989 / International Invitational and Art-in-progress Symposiums

Author:
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
Sculpture Chicago (Organization)  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : ill. ; 37 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, Modern  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Call number:
NB198 .S345 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_638569

Laurie Anderson, Farrell Brickhouse, Scott Burton, Denise Green, Wolfgang Laib, Joshua Neustein, Lucio Pozzi, Martin Puryear, Haim Steinbach / Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Brown University ; January 15, 1982 through February 14, 1982

Author:
David Winton Bell Gallery (Brown University)  Search this
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
Mayer, Roger  Search this
Physical description:
28 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1982
1982]
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .L392 1982
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639575

Maria Nordman : trabajos en la ciudad De Ondas : [exhibition] La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, February 12-March 17, 1985 / text by Ronald J. Onorato

Author:
Nordman, Maria  Search this
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art  Search this
Subject:
Nordman, Maria  Search this
Physical description:
[19] p. : ill. ; 23 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
1985]
Call number:
N6537.N673 A4 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_640434

Ursula von Rydingsvard and Vito Acconci : sculpture at Laumeier / preface by Beej Nierengarten-Smith ; essays by Ronald J. Onorato and Nancy Princenthal

Author:
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
Princenthal, Nancy  Search this
Laumeier Sculpture Park  Search this
Subject:
Von Rydingsvärd, Ursula 1942-  Search this
Acconci, Vito 1940-  Search this
Physical description:
21 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 x 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
C1990
Call number:
N6537.A29 A4 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_645993

Howard Ben Tré

Author:
Ben Tré, Howard 1949-  Search this
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
Hadler/Rodriguez Galleries  Search this
Subject:
Ben Tré, Howard 1949-  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill.(some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1983
1983]
Call number:
NB237.B435 A4 1983
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_682163

Blurring the boundaries : installation art, 1969-1996 / essays by Hugh M. Davies, Ronald J. Onorato ; catalogue entries by Hugh M. Davies ... [et al.]

Title:
Installation art, 1969-1996
Author:
Davies, Hugh Marlais 1948-  Search this
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego  Search this
Physical description:
198 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1997
C1997
20th century
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6494.I56 D38 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_518788

Learning from La Jolla : Robert Venturi remakes a museum in the precinct of Irving Gill / Hugh M. Davies and Anne Farrell ; essay by Robert Venturi ; interview with Robert Venturi by Hugh M. Davies and Ronald J. Onorato

Author:
Davies, Hugh Marlais 1948-  Search this
Farrell, Anne  Search this
Venturi, Robert  Search this
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego  Search this
Subject:
Venturi, Robert  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego History  Search this
Venturi Scott Brown and Associates Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 x 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
San Diego
San Diego (Calif.)
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Art museums--Design and construction  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Call number:
N582.S36 D38 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_527205

Faux arts : surface illusions and simulated materials in recent art : [exhibition] La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, October 2-November 15, 1987 / Ronald J. Onorato

Author:
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art  Search this
Physical description:
13 p., [1] folded p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 16 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
C1987
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Call number:
NB212 .O55 1987X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_542741

San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art : selections from permanent collection / preface and acknowledgments by Hugh Davies ; essay by Ronald J. Onarato ; catalogue entries by Sarah E. Bremser ... [et al.]

Author:
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
Davies, Hugh Marlais 1948-  Search this
Bremser, Sarah E  Search this
Duke University Museum of Art  Search this
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art  Search this
Subject:
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
119 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
San Diego
Date:
1990
C1990
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Art--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N737.4 .A5 1990
N737.4.A5 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_407532

Mary Miss : perimeters, pavilions, decoys / [organized by Jean Feinberg]

Author:
Miss, Mary 1944-  Search this
Feinberg, Jean E  Search this
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
Nassau County Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Miss, Mary 1944- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1978
C1978
Call number:
NB237.M52 A4 1978
N40.1.M672 F29 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_429570

Vito Acconci : domestic trappings / Ronald J. Onorato

Author:
Onorato, Ronald J  Search this
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art  Search this
Neuberger Museum  Search this
Aspen Art Museum (Aspen, Colo.)  Search this
Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis, Mo.)  Search this
Subject:
Acconci, Vito 1940-  Search this
Physical description:
92 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
C1987
Call number:
N40.1.A172 O5
N40.1.A172O5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_325472

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