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Interviews

Collection Interviewer:
Goodwin, George M.  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1992
Scope and Contents:
The George Goodwin interviews relating to Frank Lloyd Wright measure 0.2 linear feet and date to 1992. Interviews conducted by Goodwin for the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona, with architects, students, and clients who knew Wright and others who offer opinions on his work. Interviewees include: architects Graham Gund (1 cassette), Philip Cortelyou Johnson (1 cassette), Kevin Roche (1 cassette), printmaker and mural painter Richard Haas (2 cassettes), a Taliesin apprentice with Wright in the 1950s, who has portrayed Wright and the Chicago School in his murals; and Loren Pope (1 cassette), a Wright client from the mid-1930s. Included are brief summaries of the Pope and Roche interviews.
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
George Goodwin interviews relating to Frank Lloyd Wright, 1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.goodgeor, Series 1
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George Goodwin interviews relating to Frank Lloyd Wright
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98110541a-a8d9-4978-9fce-a752be60215b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-goodgeor-ref3

Oral history interview with Fritz Scholder, 1995 March 3-30

Interviewee:
Scholder, Fritz W., 1937-2005  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J  Search this
Subject:
Green, Robert B.  Search this
Thiebaud, Wayne  Search this
Horowitch, Elaine  Search this
Baskin, Leonard  Search this
Martin, Agnes  Search this
Price, Vincent  Search this
Lauren, Ralph  Search this
Loloma, Charles  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Howe, Oscar  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- Arizona -- Scottsdale -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Arizona -- Scottsdale -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Southwest, New -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Southwest, New -- Interviews  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New -- Art  Search this
Theme:
Native American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11647
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215842
AAA_collcode_schold95
Theme:
Native American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215842
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Oral history interview with Fritz Scholder, 2000 December 7

Interviewee:
Scholder, Fritz W., 1937-2005  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- Arizona -- Scottsdale -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Native American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13283
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)224633
AAA_collcode_schold00
Theme:
Native American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_224633
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Philip C. Curtis, 1965 March 31

Interviewee:
Curtis, Philip C. (Philip Campbell), 1907-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden  Search this
Subject:
Federal Art Project (Ariz.)  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Arts administrators -- Arizona -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Arizona -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
New Deal  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12563
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213394
AAA_collcode_curtis65
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213394

George Goodwin interviews relating to Frank Lloyd Wright

Interviewer:
Goodwin, George M.  Search this
Names:
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1992
Summary:
The George Goodwin interviews relating to Frank Lloyd Wright measure 0.2 linear feet and date to 1992. Interviews conducted by Goodwin for the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona, with architects, students, and clients who knew Wright and others who offer opinions on his work.
Scope and Contents:
The George Goodwin interviews relating to Frank Lloyd Wright measure 0.2 linear feet and date to 1992. Interviews were conducted by Goodwin for the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona, with architects, students, and clients who knew Wright and others who offer opinions on his work. Interviewees include: architects Graham Gund, Philip Cortelyou Johnson, Kevin Roche, printmaker and mural painter Richard Haas, a Taliesin apprentice with Wright in the 1950s, who has portrayed Wright and the Chicago School in his murals; and Loren Pope, a Wright client from the mid-1930s. Included are brief summaries of the Pope and Roche interviews.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as one series.

Series 1: Interviews, 1992 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
Biographical / Historical:
George M. Goodwin has written and lectured on Frank Lloyd Wright, synagogue and museum architecture, Holocaust memorials, and other aspects of American Jewish history. A specialist in oral history research, he is also served as archivist of Temple Beth-El in Providence, Rhode Island.

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was a notable American architect. He built the William H. Winslow House, Unity Temple in Oak Park, Midway Gardens inchicago, and the new Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. In the 1920s Wright established the Taliesin Fellowship as a means of teaching architecture.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is the Frank Lloyd Wright textile design studies, ca. 1955.
Provenance:
Donated in 1992 by George Goodwin.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Historians -- Rhode Island -- Providence  Search this
Topic:
Architects -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Citation:
George Goodwin interviews relating to Frank Lloyd Wright, 1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.goodgeor
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George Goodwin interviews relating to Frank Lloyd Wright
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94a9891bb-413d-494f-b20f-17b59aa97b92
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-goodgeor

John Battenberg papers

Creator:
Battenberg, John N., 1931-  Search this
Extent:
9.4 Linear feet
1.41 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Interviews
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Date:
1936-2013
bulk 1950s-2012
Summary:
The papers of sculptor and educator John Battenberg measure 9.4 linear feet and 1.41 GB and date from 1936 to 2013, with the bulk of the records dating from the 1950s to 2012. The records document Battenberg's career through biographical material, correspondence with artists, potential clients, and others, gallery and museum files documenting sales and exhibitions, and professional files related to Battenberg's participation in exhibitions, his teaching work, public art, and other activities. Also found are project files including digital and video recordings documenting specific projects in Arizona, California and elsewhere, in addition to personal business records, printed material, photographic material, and artwork including sketches and a sketchbook.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of sculptor and educator John Battenberg measure 9.4 linear feet and 1.41 GB and date from 1936 to 2013, with the bulk of the records dating from the 1950s to 2012. The records document Battenberg's career through biographical material, correspondence with artists, potential clients, and others, gallery and museum files documenting sales and exhibitions, and professional files related to Battenberg's participation in exhibitions, his teaching work, public art, and other activities. Also found are project files including digital and video recordings documenting specific projects in Arizona, California and elsewhere, in addition to personal business records, printed material, photographic material, and artwork including sketches and a sketchbook.

Biographical material contains writings; appointment books; education, military service, and organization membership records; family histories and genealogical surveys; addresses; and several audiovisual recordings.

Correspondence files consist of Battenberg's communications with other artists, potential clients, collectors, galleries, universities, and others interested in Battenberg's artwork, his exhibitions, commissions, and projects. Personal correspondents include Battenberg's family and friends.

Gallery and museum files document Battenberg's relations with various galleries and museums through correspondence, photographs, sales records, inventories, exhibition material, and some audiovisual recordings.

Professional files shed light on Battenberg's involvement in several group exhibitions; papers related to Battenberg's lectures and teaching activities as well as public art commission competitions.

Project files include correspondence, site plans, photographs and digital photographs, slide copies, sketches, contractual agreements, audiovisual recordings, and more related to projects taken on by Battenberg in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Nevada.

Personal business records contain studio inventories, records of auctions, donations, and sales, legal documents, financial papers, and papers related to Battenberg's San Francisco studio.

The collection's printed material consists of newspaper clippings and other articles reviewing Battenberg's work, exhibitions, and career; exhibition invitations, announcements, posters, catalogs, and books; copies of Battenberg's self-published books and promotional materials; and two scrapbooks.

Photographs depict models as well as friends and family who posed for Battenberg; his artwork; and personal photographs of Battenberg, his friends, other artists, and family. Artwork consists primarily of sketches, some of which include color, created by Battenberg for various projects and series of work.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1952-2012 (Box 1; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1962-2008 (Box 1-2; 1 linear foot, ER01; 0.011 GB)

Series 3: Gallery and Museum Files, 1957-2006 (Box 2-3; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 4: Professional Files, 1969-2005 (Box 3-4; 1 linear foot)

Series 5: Project Files, 1983-2005 (Box 4-6; 1.1 linear feet, ER02-ER06; 0.381 GB)

Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1973-2008 (Box 6; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1956-2013 (Box 6-8, 10, OV 11, 1.8 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographic Material, 1936-2012 (Box 8-9; 0.9 linear feet, ER07; 1.01 GB)

Series 9: Artwork, circa 1950-2000s (Box 9-10; 0.7 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
California and Arizona sculptor, painter, and educator John Battenberg (1931-2012) was known primarily for his sculptures of wildlife including wolves, birds, and bears, and was influential in establishing bronze casting on the West Coast of the United States in the 1960s.

Battenberg attended the University of Wisconsin (1949), St. Cloud State College, Minnesota (1954), and Oxford University in England (1955-1957). He received Master of Fine Arts degrees from both Michigan State University (1960) and California College of Arts of Crafts (1964).

Battenberg began exhibiting his work in the late 1940s as a participant in Wisconsin state fair exhibitions. He held had first solo show in 1955 at St. Cloud State College, and had multiple shows during his career including exhibitions at Temple Gallery, London, University of Nevada, Nevada Museum of Art, and the Fresno Art Museum. Group shows that exhibited Battenberg's work included New American Sculpture, U.S. Information Agency (1972), 15th Biennial Exhibit of Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, University of Illinois (1974), Chicago International Art Show (1990), and many more.

Battenberg had several public art commissions throughout his career for projects in California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona. These projects led to the creation of his sculptures Mystical Bear (1992), Creatures of Nevada (1991), and Flying Pilots (1980). Battenberg's artwork can be found in private collections as well as public collections of the Commune di Pietrasanta, Italy, Royal British War Museum, England, San Diego Museum of Art, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Wyoming, and many more.

Battenberg was also a professor of art at San Jose State University from 1966-1985 and subsequently received the title of professor emeritus. He also worked as an instructor at Contra Costa College, California, California College of Arts and Crafts, and New Mexico Western University. Around 2007 Battenberg returned to painting after an injury prevented him from sculpting, and relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona where he remained for the rest of his life.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2015 by Lynn Battenberg, John Batternberg's wife.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment, and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital and audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Arizona -- Scottsdale  Search this
Painters -- California  Search this
Sculptors -- Arizona -- Scottsdale  Search this
Sculptors -- California  Search this
Educators -- California  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Citation:
John Battenberg papers, 1936-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.battjohn
See more items in:
John Battenberg papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw926de0e77-9475-4d0b-ac6d-77d4a68da067
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-battjohn

Oral history interview with Fritz Scholder

Interviewee:
Scholder, Fritz, 1937-2005  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Extent:
21 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2000 December 7
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Fritz Scholder conducted 2000 December 7, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in Karlstrom's home, San Francisco, Calif.
The interview focused on the theme of artists and models. Topics discussed include how the incorporation and transformation of the human figure (generally female) occur in Scholder's paintings, from first idea through studio interaction to finished work. He described his goal of breaking with the cliché of the female nude and make the subject his own in terms of expression. Among the artist's thematic series are one devoted to vampires, monsters, passion, shamans, and witches. He describes these themes as providing opportunities to work with nude female individuals as unpracticed amateur models. The model, if stimulated by the themes, contributes to their transformation into works of art. According to Scholder, a special rapport between artist and model (including in some cases intimacy) is often reflected in the final image. He views the studio as an arena for self-discovery, for the artist but especially for the models. The second half of the interview involved a discussion of specific works within key series, including Monster Love, Dreams, Passion, Mystery Women, and Lilith; Scholder idea of the artist-as-vampire. In his view this is a positive attribute, one that brings for the "victim" transformation, release, and self-knowledge and his stated goal to inscribe that experience into his art.
Biographical / Historical:
Fritz Scholder (1937-2005) was a painter from Scottsdale, Ariz.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 31 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 transcription of this interview provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance.
Occupation:
Artists' models  Search this
Topic:
Painters -- Arizona -- Scottsdale -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.schold00
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95aa8e7cb-fb64-46e1-9303-33f608404486
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schold00
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Fritz Scholder

Interviewee:
Scholder, Fritz, 1937-2005  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Names:
Baskin, Leonard, 1922-2000  Search this
Green, Robert B.  Search this
Horowitch, Elaine  Search this
Howe, Oscar, 1915-1983  Search this
Lauren, Ralph  Search this
Loloma, Charles, 1921-  Search this
Martin, Agnes, 1912-2004  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia , 1887-1986  Search this
Price, Vincent, 1911-1993  Search this
Thiebaud, Wayne  Search this
Extent:
100 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1995 March 3-30
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Fritz Scholder conducted 1995 March 3-30, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Scholder discusses his family background and growing up in parallel worlds of Anglo and Indian cultures and the frustration of western versus tribal life; his education in Lawrence, Kan. and the University of Wisconsin; moving to California; his father's job as head of Indian relocation; studying at the Indian art program at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and the Indian Art Institute in Santa Fe, N.M.; his views on Indians in general and the difficulty of operating in the mainstream art world; his travels and search for adventure in Europe and Egypt; the importance of magic and the occult in his work; myths as a basis for human experience; art as an agent of social change; objections of Indian groups to his work; and his experience as an Indian role model while not part of the movement. He recalls Robert B. Green, Wayne Thiebaud, Ralph Lauren, Vincent Price, Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Loloma, Agnes Martin, Elaine Horowitch, and Leonard Baskin.
Biographical / Historical:
Fritz Scholder (1937-2005) was a painter and sculptor from Scottsdale, Ariz.
General:
Originally recorded on 7 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 11 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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Painters -- Arizona -- Scottsdale -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Arizona -- Scottsdale -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Southwest, New -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Southwest, New -- Interviews  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New -- Art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.schold95
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw941d15431-5b92-43a4-b26f-abeec7430cf9
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schold95
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Philip C. Curtis

Interviewee:
Curtis, Philip C.  Search this
Interviewer:
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (Ariz.)  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
38 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1965 March 31
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Philip C. Curtis conducted 1965 March 31, by Sylvia Loomis, for the Archives of American Art. Curtis speaks of his background and education at Yale Fine Arts School; working for the Federal Art Project as supervisor of the mural project; starting an art center for the Federal Art Project in North Carolina, and another one in Phoenix; supervising a crafts program in Iowa; returning to Arizona; the response of the people of the region to the Federal Art Project; the project's effect on art in the area; and his feelings about current trends in painting.
Biographical / Historical:
Philip C. Curtis was a painter and an art administrator in Scottsdale, Arizona.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 1 min.
Provenance:
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
This interview is open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Arts administrators -- Arizona -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- Arizona -- Interviews  Search this
Function:
Art centers
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.curtis65
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ec513893-f516-4781-b17c-1db23e63dbaf
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-curtis65
Online Media:

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