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Oral history interview with John Held, Jr, 2017 September 28-October 3

Interviewee:
Held, John, 1947-  Search this
Held, John, 1947-  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Librarians -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Mail art  Search this
Political activists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Performance artists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Rubber stamps  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17514
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)390740
AAA_collcode_held17
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_390740
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Tom Marioni, 2017 December 21-22

Interviewee:
Marioni, Tom, 1937-  Search this
Marioni, Tom, 1937-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Performance artists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17535
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)392052
AAA_collcode_marion17
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_392052
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Julie Tolentino, 2018 April 11-12

Interviewee:
Tolentino, Julie, 1964-  Search this
Tolentino, Julie, 1964-  Search this
Interviewer:
Fialho, Alex, 1989-  Search this
Subject:
Athey, Ron  Search this
Madonna  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
ACT UP New York (Organization)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Gay artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
AIDS activists  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17564
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)394193
AAA_collcode_tolent18
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_394193

Oral history interview with Jerome Caja, 1995 August 23 and September 29

Interviewee:
Caja, Jerome D., 1958-1995  Search this
Caja, Jerome D., 1958-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Gays -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Gay artists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Gay communities -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Transvestites -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12295
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215891
AAA_collcode_caja95
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215891
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Guillermo Gómez-Peña, 2020 September 11

Interviewee:
Gómez-Peña, Guillermo, 1955-  Search this
Gómez-Peña, Guillermo, 1955-  Search this
Interviewer:
Franco, Josh T., 1985-  Search this
Subject:
Pandemic Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Video recordings
Topic:
Pandemics  Search this
COVID-19 (Disease)  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21995
AAA_collcode_gomez20
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_21995

Oral history interview with Nayland Blake, 2016 November 25-26

Interviewee:
Blake, Nayland, 1960-  Search this
Blake, Nayland, 1960-  Search this
Interviewer:
Fialho, Alex, 1989-  Search this
Subject:
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
ACT UP San Francisco (Organization)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17406
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)384314
AAA_collcode_blake16
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_384314
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John Held papers relating to mail art, 1947-2018, bulk 1973-2013

Creator:
Held, John, 1947-  Search this
Held, John, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Cavellini, Guglielmo Achille  Search this
Durland, Steve  Search this
Summers, Rod  Search this
Brown, Jean  Search this
Cage, John  Search this
Bloch, Mark  Search this
Braumuller, Hans  Search this
Andre, Carl  Search this
Ackerman, Blaster Al  Search this
Cohen, Ryosuke  Search this
Leigh, Michael  Search this
Shimamoto, Shozo  Search this
Greenberg, Clement  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Janssen, Ruud  Search this
Higgins, Dick  Search this
Gaglione, Bill  Search this
Gutai Bijutsu Kyōkai  Search this
San Francisco Art Institute  Search this
Type:
Diaries
Interviews
Topic:
Mail art  Search this
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6273
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216618
AAA_collcode_heldjohn
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216618
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James A. McGrath papers, 1950-2011

Creator:
McGrath, James A., 1928-  Search this
McGrath, James A., 1928-  Search this
Subject:
Wiley, William T.  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Poems
Prints
Postcards
Paintings
Sketches
Illustrated letters
Christmas cards
Photographs
Topic:
Performance artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Illustrators -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15948
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)301046
AAA_collcode_mcgrjame
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_301046
Online Media:

Tom Marioni papers, 1975-2018

Creator:
Marioni, Tom, 1937-  Search this
Marioni, Tom, 1937-  Search this
Subject:
Brown, Kathan  Search this
Crown Point Press (Oakland, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Topic:
Beer  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17561
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)394150
AAA_collcode_mariotom
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_394150

Letters from Jerome Caja to Anna van der Meulen, 1995

Creator:
Caja, Jerome D., 1958-1995  Search this
Caja, Jerome D., 1958-1995  Search this
Topic:
Gay artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Transvestites -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Gay communities -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6252
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216576
AAA_collcode_cajajerl
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216576

Baseball, signed by 1984 All-Star Game Participants

Performing artist; recipient:
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Maker:
Rawlings  Search this
Physical Description:
cork (overall material)
yarn (overall material)
leather (overall material)
Object Name:
baseball
autographed baseball
Associated Place:
United States: California, San Francisco
Date made:
1984
Subject:
Musicians  Search this
African American  Search this
Blacks  Search this
Baseball  Search this
Credit Line:
Fitzgerald 1989 Trust (through Richard D. Rosman)
ID Number:
1996.0342.109
Accession number:
1996.0342
Catalog number:
1996.0342.109
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Autographed Baseballs
Sports & Leisure
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-45fe-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1190871
Online Media:

Playbill for Timbuktu!

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Used by:
Mark Hellinger Theatre, American, 1930 - 1991  Search this
Subject of:
Eartha Kitt, American, 1927 - 2008  Search this
Melba Moore, American, born 1945  Search this
Gilbert Price, American, 1942 - 1991  Search this
Ira Hawkins  Search this
George Anthony Bell  Search this
Bruce Hubbard  Search this
Eleanor McCoy  Search this
Dan Barton, American, 1921 - 2009  Search this
Miguel Godreau, Puerto Rican, 1947 - 1996  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 x 5 5/8 in. (22.9 x 14.3 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1978
Topic:
African American  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Musical Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.94
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5ecb5089b-80fe-41bf-a072-24b1bc4d4843
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.94
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Outreach

Collection Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1975-1978
Collection Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Woman's Building records
Woman's Building records / Series 2: Education Programs / 2.2: Feminist Studio Workshop
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-womabuil-ref557
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Oral history interview with Julie Tolentino

Interviewee:
Tolentino, Julie  Search this
Interviewer:
Fialho, Alex, 1989-  Search this
Names:
ACT UP New York (Organization)  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Athey, Ron  Search this
Madonna, 1958-  Search this
Extent:
7 Items (sound files (6 hr., 14 min.) Audio, digital, wav)
79 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2018 April 11-12
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Julie Tolentino conducted 2018 April 11 and 12, by Alex Fialho, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at a friend's apartment in the East Village, New York.
Tolentino speaks of her childhood in San Francisco; her family dynamics, including caring for her developmentally disabled sister; Harvey Milk's assassination; early exposure to dance and art-making; early exposure to queer nightlife; briefly pursuing dance training in Los Angeles after high school; soon thereafter moving to New York; volunteering for the National Gay and Lesbian Suicide Hotline; her involvement with ACT UP; experiences of AIDS-related grief; her close friendships during this time; continuing her dance education and performance practice in the late '80s and '90s; founding and operating the Clit Club; changes in the landscape of queerness during the '90s; managing the performance companies of David Roussève and Ron Athey; the beginning of her solo practice with Mestiza-Que Ojos Bonitos Tienes; the installation Marks of My Civilization; the beginning of ART+; her role in Madonna's book Sex; her reflections on the visibility of her body; developing the Lesbian AIDS Project's Safer Sex Handbook; her performance works For You, Sky Remains the Same, and Honey; her video work evidence; and her awareness of the past's construction and meaning in the present. Tolentino also recalls Page Hodel, Doug McDowell, Maxine Wolfe, Ann Northrup, David Robinson, Ray Navarro, Aldo Hernandez, Anthony Ledesma, Lola Flash, Catherine Gund, Zoe Leonard, Robert Garcia, Jocelyn Taylor, Martina Yamin, Cookie Mueller, Diamanda Galas, D.M. Machuca, Pigpen, John Lovett, Alessandro Codagnone, John Killacky, Lia Gangitano, Alistair Fate, Steven Meisel, Cythia Madansky, Kim Christensen, Kate Clinton, Lori Seid, Ori Flomin, Abigail Severance, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Julie Tolentino (1964- ) is a visual and performance artist in New York and Josua Tree, California. Alex Fialho (1989- ) is a curator and arts writer who is the Programs Director for Visual AIDS in New York, New York.
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 audio recording are open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Choreographers  Search this
Topic:
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Gay artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
AIDS activists  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.tolent18
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tolent18

James A. McGrath papers

Creator:
McGrath, James A.  Search this
Names:
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Wiley, William T., 1937-  Search this
Extent:
5.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Poems
Prints
Postcards
Paintings
Sketches
Illustrated letters
Christmas cards
Photographs
Date:
1950-2011
Summary:
The papers of arts educator James A. McGrath measure 5.4 linear feet and date from 1950-2011. Included are McGrath's papers concerning his artist's residencies and workshops for the United States Information Agency (USIA) in the Yemen Republic, Saudi Arabia, and the Republic of the Congo, 1990-1995. Also found are McGrath's papers concerning artist William Wiley. These papers date from Wiley's high school days and includes correspondence, writings, student files, printed materials, photographs, and artwork. Letters from Wiley to McGrath span several decades and provide details about his artwork, family, and travels.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of arts educator James A. McGrath measure 5.4 linear feet and date from 1950-2011. Included are McGrath's papers concerning his artist's residencies and workshops for the United States Information Agency (USIA) in the Yemen Republic, Saudi Arabia, and the Republic of the Congo, 1990-1995. Also found are McGrath's papers concerning artist William Wiley. These papers date from Wiley's high school days and includes correspondence, writings, student files, printed materials, photographs, and artwork. Letters from Wiley to McGrath span several decades and provide details about his artwork, family, and travels.

James McGrath's papers regarding his artist's residencies and workshops are currently unprocessed.

Wiley's high school student files consist of exams and two Columbia High School yearbooks with contributions from Wiley. Correspondence includes mostly letters written from Wiley to McGrath, some of which are illustrated. There are also Christmas cards, postcards, prints and a wedding invitation and photograph of Wiley and his wife Mary. Wiley writes about his artwork, family, travels and his mother's death. There are also letters to McGrath from Wiley's first and second wives, Dorothy and Mary, his mother, and artists Robert Rauschenberg and Mark Tobey.

Printed materials include exhibition catalogs and announcements, news and magazine clippings, and the books Distraction, Lyrica and Almost Old/New Poems, all illustrated by Wiley.

Artwork by Wiley includes block prints, sketches and drawings, poems, paintings, prints and posters. Photographs are of Wiley's high school yearbook staff, art work and exhibitions, and a dinner honoring Wiley. There is a signed high school photograph of Wiley and a booklet of photographs of an exhibition of McGrath's art. There are also slides of artwork by Wiley, Bob Hudson and Bill Allan.
Arrangement:
The papers are arranged as 2 series.

Series 1: James A. McGrath Papers Concerning William T. Wiley (Box 1-3, OVs 4-6; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 2: Unprocessed James A. McGrath Papers, circa 1990-1995 (Boxes 7-9, OVs 10-12)
Biographical Note:
Arts educator James A. McGrath was a high school art teacher at Columbia High School in Richland, Washington where he taught William T. Wiley in the mid-1950s. They remained life-long friends. Later, McGrath worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe as Director of Arts, Professor of Painting, and Dean. In 1973 he became Director of Arts, Humanities and Culture in the Department of Defense and was stationed in Japan, Korea, Okinawa, Taiwan and the Philippines. He also worked for the United States Information Agency in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Republic of the Congo. He continues to be active as an arts education specialist.

William T. Wiley (b. 1937)is a contemporary artist painting and teaching primarily in the San Francisco area. His artwork is associated with the Bay area Funk Movement. Wiley studied at the California School of Fine Arts and completed his MFA in 1962. One year later he joined the faculty of the UC Davis art department along with artists Robert Arneson and Roy DeForest. Wiley's students included Bruce Nauman and Deborah Butterfield.

Wiley's first solo exhibition was held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1960, and he had works in the Venice Biennial (1980) and Whitney Biennial (1983), as well as major exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco. His artwork is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among many others. Wiley was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 2004 and, in 2009, the Smithsonian American Art Museum presented a retrospective exhibition of Wiley's career.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds several collections related to William T. Wiley including an oral history interview conducted by Paul J. Karlstrom, October 8-November 20, 1997 and the William T. Wiley illustrated journals on microfilm reel 910. The University of Washington also holds papers of James A. McGrath.
Separated Material:
Six Documenta catalogs, originally donated to AAA with the James A. McGrath Papers Concerning William T. Wiley, were transferred to the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
Provenance:
The papers were donated by James A. McGrath in five accessions between 2010-2015. A drawing on tree bark was donated by William T. Wiley in 2016.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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:
Sculptors -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Performance artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Illustrators -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Poems
Prints
Postcards
Paintings
Sketches
Illustrated letters
Christmas cards
Photographs
Citation:
James A. McGrath papers, 1950-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.mcgrjame
See more items in:
James A. McGrath papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mcgrjame

Oral history interview with Tom Marioni

Interviewee:
Marioni, Tom, 1937-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (3 hr., 32 min.), digital, wav)
100 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2017 December 21-22
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Tom Marioni conducted 2017 December 21-22, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art, at Marioni's studio, in San Francisco, California.
Biographical / Historical:
Tom Marioni (1937- ) is an artist in San Francisco, California. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is a writer and editor in San Francisco, California.
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 audio recording are open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Conceptual artists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Performance artists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Citation:
Oral history interview with Tom Marioni, 2017 December 21-22. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.marion17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-marion17

Robert Kushner papers

Creator:
Kushner, Robert, 1949-  Search this
Names:
98 Green St. Loft  Search this
Clocktower Gallery  Search this
Kitchen, The  Search this
Paula Cooper Gallery  Search this
St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Goldin, Amy  Search this
Solomon, Holly  Search this
Extent:
4.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Place:
SoHo (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
1967-2011
Summary:
The papers of the artist Robert Kushner measure 4.6 linear feet and date from 1967 to 2011. The collection documents primarily the early career of Robert Kushner through performance videos and other media artworks, correspondence, notes, lab records, inventories, an exhibition proposal, and subject files regarding critic Amy Goldin.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of the artist Robert Kushner measure 4.6 linear feet and date from 1967 to 2011. The collection documents primarily the early career of Robert Kushner through performance videos, other media artworks, correspondence, notes, lab records, inventories, an exhibition proposal, and subject files regarding critic Amy Goldin.

Performances and artworks comprise the bulk of the collection and include video recordings, sound recordings, and motion picture films documenting works by Robert Kushner created between circa 1967 and 1982. Most of the video footage documents live performances of Kushner's pageants and fashion shows that took place between 1972 and 1981, primarily in art spaces in the SOHO district of New York City. In addition to live performance documentation, videos and films include four moving image artworks, recorded music used in performances, and publicity including a television news magazine segment featuring Kushner and his edible costumes. Paper documentation of Kushner's video recordings includes correspondence, notes, lab records, performance programs, edit worksheets, and inventories of Kushner's performance videos. An exhibition file contains documentation of the development of a proposed exhibition from 1999-2000 entitled "Pret-a-porter: Robert Kushner, performance and fashion, 1970-1980."

Subject files compiled by Robert Kushner regarding critic Amy Goldin (1926-1978), Kushner's former teacher and close friend, contain mainly photocopies and a few original documents. Included are published and unpublished writings, letters to and from Goldin, photographs, and biographical material. A small amount of original primary sources related to Goldin are also found.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged in 3 series:

Series 1: Performances and Artwork, 1967-1988 (Boxes 1-4, FC 6-7; 3.7 linear feet)

Series 2: Video Documentation and Exhibition Proposal, 1988-2002 (Box 4; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Research Material on Amy Goldin, 1971-2011 (Boxes 4-5; 0.7 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Kushner (1949- ) is a New York, N.Y.-based painter of the Pattern and Decoration movement and an installation artist who began his career as a performance artist.

Kushner was born in Pasadena, California in 1949 and studied visual arts at the University of California at San Diego, La Jolla in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Kushner met and worked closely with the critic Amy Goldin at UCSD, and his work was strongly influenced by her scholarship and thinking about non-Western visual cultures, particularly regarding Islamic decorative art.

Kushner began his work with fashion, costume, and performance in the early 1970s in New York City. He performed and exhibited in the many SOHO art spaces that emerged at that time supporting avant garde and experimental art, such as the 98 Greene Street Loft, the Kitchen, The Clocktower, St. Mark's Church, and Paula Cooper Gallery. The work evolved from the creation of soft sculptures using found materials, to the creation of costumes and fashion "lines" with nontraditional materials, including fresh food, which he presented in the performance genres of pageants and fashion shows, using models to exhibit his works before live audiences. In 1973, art dealer Holly Solomon became a champion of his work. He was a founding member of the Pattern and Decoration movement beginning in the mid-1970s, and his performance, costume, and paintings are strongly associated with that movement.

Kushner has exhibited his work widely, with major exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art. Kushner's work is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Gallery of Art, among many others. He is represented in New York by the DC Moore Gallery.
Provenance:
Donated 2013 by Robert Kushner.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Pattern and decoration (Art movement)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Robert Kushner papers, 1967-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kushrobe
See more items in:
Robert Kushner papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kushrobe

Oral history interview with Nayland Blake

Interviewee:
Blake, Nayland, 1960-  Search this
Interviewer:
Fialho, Alex, 1989-  Search this
Names:
ACT UP San Francisco (Organization)  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
59 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2016 November 25-26
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Nayland Blake, conducted 2016 November 25-26, by Alex Fialho, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at Blake's home in Brooklyn, New York.
Blake speaks of growing up in a bi-racial family in New York City; visiting museums, art exhibits and shows, and going to the theatre with their parents; attending Charlotte Moorman's Avant Garde Festivals as a teenager; relating their emerging sexuality to the television shows Batman, The Addams Family, and Star Trek; the decision to attend Bard College; the influence of Times Square Show; co-organizing Bard's first gay and lesbian alliance; attending California Institute of the Arts and the different culture they experienced there; their struggle to make explicitly gay work without it being beefcake; not feeling connected to a gay community in Los Angeles but feeling camaraderie with other artists; their decision to move to San Francisco; first hearing about HIV/AIDS while at CalArts and experiencing the first loss of a friend in San Francisco; the undercurrent of more and more men testing positive in their community; the long two-week wait to receive test results; the generational split within the gay community and how that was squashed by the epidemic; the subjects of mortality and mourning in gay art and how that changed the reception of gay artists; the gay and lesbian shows Extended Sensibilities and Against Nature; the organization of ACT UP San Francisco and subsequent split into ACT UP SF, ACT UP Golden Gate, and ACT UP San Francisco; the "imperiled and heightened physicality" Blake began using in their work; participating in Art Against Aids on the Road; directly addressing the frequency of AIDS deaths in their piece Every 12 Minutes; the social network of caregivers that rallied to support those dying from AIDS through home care and food delivery; curating In A Different Life; the pleasure in curating shows; The Shreber Suite installation pieces; purchasing Wayland Flowers' puppet Madame at auction; being a child of the '60s and believing sex is an expression of one's cultural identity; feeling attacked by the dismissive and oppressive Republican government in the 1980s; the extensive symbolism and meaning in their bunny themed work; the technology boom's affect on the Bay Area and their return to New York City; the show Double Fantasy about their relationship with their partner Philip Horvitz; teaching at International Center for Photography and their work in the kink community; the distance their students have to the HIV/AIDS epidemic; and their identification as an American artist. Blake also recalls Jeff Preiss, Cliff Preiss, William Hohauser, Debra Pierson, Nancy Mitchnick, Jake Grossberg, Robert Kelly, Kathy Acker, Gerry Pearlberg, Kathe Burkhart, Judie Bamber, Catherine Opie, Nancy Barton, Julie Ault, William Olander, Robert Glueck, Kevin Killian, Dodie Bellamy, D-L Alvarez, Stephen Evans, Michael Jenkins, Richard Hawkins, Ann Philbin, Rick Jacobsen, Amy Sholder, David Wojnarowicz, Rudy Lemcke, A.A. Bronson, Philip Horvitz, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Nayland Blake (1960-) is a performance artist and installation artist in New York, New York. Alex Fialho (1989-) is a curator and arts writer who is the Programs Director for Visual AIDS in New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 49 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:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.blake16
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-blake16

Tom Marioni papers

Creator:
Marioni, Tom, 1937-  Search this
Extent:
6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Date:
1975-2018
Scope and Contents:
The papers of conceptual and performance artist Tom Marioni measure 6.0 linear feet and date from 1975-2018. A majority of the collection consists of photographs of weekly performances of The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art. Also included are visitor books from performances, printed material, and a set of three vinyl records entitled "Vision #4: Word of Mouth," with Marioni featured along with five other artists.
Biographical / Historical:
Tom Marioni (1937- ) is a conceptual and performance artist in San Francisco, California.
Provenance:
Donated 2018 by Tom Marioni.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of audio visual recordings with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.
Occupation:
Conceptual artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Performance artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.mariotom
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mariotom

Oral history interview with John Held, Jr

Interviewee:
Held, John, 1947-  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Extent:
9 Items (Sound recording: 9 sound files (5 hr., 4 min.), digital, wav)
131 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2017 September 28-October 3
Scope and Contents:
An interview with John Held, Jr. conducted 2017 September 28 and October 3, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, at Karlstrom's home in San Francisco, California.
Biographical / Historical:
John Held (1947-) is a rubberstamp artist, participant in the international mail art network, activist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and a fine arts librarian in San Francisco, California. Interviewer Paul Karlstrom (1941-) is a writer and art historian in San Francisco, California.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the papers of John Held.
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:
Librarians -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Mail art  Search this
Political activists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Performance artists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Rubber stamps  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.held17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-held17

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