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Oral history interview with Merle Armitage, 1964 February 6

Interviewee:
Armitage, Merle, 1893-1975  Search this
Interviewer:
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden  Search this
Subject:
Bruce, Edward  Search this
Hatfield, Dalzell  Search this
Zornes, James Milford  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Public Works of Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
American Institute of Graphic Arts  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- California  Search this
Art -- Censorship  Search this
Arts administrators -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Graphic artists -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
New Deal  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13189
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213231
AAA_collcode_armita64
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213231
Online Media:

Ain't misbehavin' [videorecording] : the Coit Tower murals / New Pacific Productions ; producers, David Bolt, John Esterle, and Sue Ellen McCann ; director, David Bolt ; writer, John Esterle ; art director, Sue Ellen McCann ; narrator, Bruce Holbert, c1986

Creator:
New Pacific Productions  Search this
Subject:
Zakheim, Bernard Baruch  Search this
Bell, Michael S.  Search this
Chessé, Ralph  Search this
Howard, John Langley  Search this
Jewett, Masha Zakheim  Search this
O'Connor, Francis V.  Search this
New Pacific Productions  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Topic:
Coit Memorial Tower (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Public Works of Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21760
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216536
AAA_collcode_newpacif
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216536

Ain't misbehavin' [videorecording] : the Coit Tower murals / New Pacific Productions ; producers, David Bolt, John Esterle, and Sue Ellen McCann ; director, David Bolt ; writer, John Esterle ; art director, Sue Ellen McCann ; narrator, Bruce Holbert

Creator:
New Pacific Productions  Search this
Names:
New Pacific Productions  Search this
Bell, Michael S., 1946-  Search this
Chessé, Ralph  Search this
Howard, John Langley, 1902-  Search this
Jewett, Masha Zakheim, 1931-  Search this
O'Connor, Francis V.  Search this
Zakheim, Bernard Baruch, 1898-1985  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (videocassette (VHS) (ca. 20 min.), sd., col., 1/2 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Date:
c1986
Scope and Contents:
Reviews the history of the San Francisco Coit Tower from its building, the commissioning of the often controversial murals by the Public Works of Art Project in 1933, and their significance in both artistic and political terms, through to the more recent problems of restoration and the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the murals in 1984. Appearing in the video are Coit Tower muralists, Ralph Chessé, John Langley Howard and Bernard Zakheim. Offering commentary and analysis are: Masha Zakheim Jewett, author of COIT TOWER, Michael Bell, Assistant Director, San Francisco Art Commission, and art historian Francis V. O'Connor.
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
San Francisco, Calif. : New Pacific Productions [production company], c1986.
Provenance:
Donated 1986 by David Bolt.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
To be used for research purposes only. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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.
Topic:
Coit Memorial Tower (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Public Works of Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.newpacif
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw988208547-d33c-4b7e-bfc0-c6a2ddd4e122
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-newpacif

Oral history interview with Merle Armitage

Interviewee:
Armitage, Merle, 1893-1975  Search this
Interviewer:
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
American Institute of Graphic Arts  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
Public Works of Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943  Search this
Hatfield, Dalzell, 1893-1963  Search this
Zornes, James Milford, 1908-2008  Search this
Extent:
23 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1964 February 6
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Merle Armitage conducted 1964 February 6, by Sylvia Loomis, for the Archives of American Art.
Armitage speaks of his role as Public Works of Art Project regional chairman of Southern California, including his supervision of 126 artists involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, lithography and mural projects; experimental work in PWAP easel painting projects; censorship of subject matter in a mural for the Frank Wiggins Trade School; his opposition to government subsidized art programs; his impressions of Edward Bruce, Dalzell Hatfield, James Milford Zornes, and others associated with the PWAP. Armitage also speaks of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and contemporary book design.
Biographical / Historical:
Merle Armitage (1893-1975) was an art administrator and graphic artist of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 48 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:
Art and state  Search this
Federal aid to the arts -- California  Search this
Art -- Censorship  Search this
Arts administrators -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Graphic artists -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.armita64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96fd143cc-b88b-427d-9118-a03f5ffd6a84
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-armita64
Online Media:

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