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Oral history interview with Rosalyn Drexler, 2017 May 17-June 2

Interviewee:
Drexler, Rosalyn, 1926-  Search this
Drexler, Rosalyn, 1926-  Search this
Interviewer:
Lyon, Christopher, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Alloway, Lawrence  Search this
Baraka, Amiri  Search this
Barthelme, Donald  Search this
Basquiat, Jean-Michel  Search this
Bruce, Lenny  Search this
Carmines, Al  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
De Kooning, Elaine  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Dine, Jim  Search this
Doyle, Tom  Search this
Drexler, Sherman  Search this
Geldzahler, Henry  Search this
Gilman, Richard  Search this
Hess, Thomas B.  Search this
Hesse, Eva  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
Karp, Ivan C.  Search this
Katz, Alex  Search this
Kent, Allegra  Search this
Klein, William  Search this
Kline, Franz  Search this
Kroll, Jack  Search this
Marx, Chico  Search this
Monroe, Marilyn  Search this
Neel, Alice  Search this
Newman, Barry  Search this
Perelman, S. J. (Sidney Joseph)  Search this
Rosenberg, Harold  Search this
Samaras, Lucas  Search this
Sontag, Susan  Search this
Teer, Barbara Ann  Search this
Warhol, Andy  Search this
Youskevitch, Igor  Search this
Garth Greenan Gallery  Search this
Hunter College  Search this
Kornblee Gallery  Search this
Reuben Gallery  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Women wrestlers  Search this
Segregation -- United States  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Happenings (Art)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17499
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)389604
AAA_collcode_drexle17
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_389604
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Oral history interview with Rosalyn Drexler

Interviewee:
Drexler, Rosalyn  Search this
Interviewer:
Lyon, Christopher  Search this
Names:
Garth Greenan Gallery  Search this
Hunter College -- Students  Search this
Kornblee Gallery  Search this
Reuben Gallery  Search this
Alloway, Lawrence, 1926-1990  Search this
Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014  Search this
Barthelme, Donald  Search this
Basquiat, Jean-Michel, 1960-1988  Search this
Bruce, Lenny  Search this
Carmines, Al  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
De Kooning, Elaine  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Dine, Jim, 1935-  Search this
Doyle, Tom  Search this
Drexler, Sherman  Search this
Geldzahler, Henry  Search this
Gilman, Richard, 1923-2006  Search this
Hess, Thomas B.  Search this
Hesse, Eva, 1936-1970  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
Karp, Ivan C., 1926-2012  Search this
Katz, Alex, 1927-  Search this
Kent, Allegra  Search this
Klein, William  Search this
Kline, Franz, 1910-1962  Search this
Kroll, Jack  Search this
Marx, Chico, 1887-1961  Search this
Monroe, Marilyn, 1926-1962  Search this
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984  Search this
Newman, Barry  Search this
Perelman, S. J. (Sidney Joseph), 1904-1979  Search this
Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978  Search this
Samaras, Lucas, 1936-  Search this
Sontag, Susan, 1933-2004  Search this
Teer, Barbara Ann, 1937-2008  Search this
Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987  Search this
Youskevitch, Igor, 1912-1994  Search this
Extent:
82 Pages (Transcript)
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (3 hr., 26 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2017 May 17-June 2
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Rosalyn Drexler conducted 2017 May 17 and June 2 by Christopher Lyon, for the Archives of American Art, at Garth Greenan Gallery in New York, New York.
Drexler discusses her childhood in the Bronx; her experiences studying dance and music; her higher education at Hunter College; attending films and the Yiddish Theater; meeting her husband Sherman Drexler; her time as a professional wrestler; her memories of traveling to the South and encountering Jim Crow segregation; she describes learning about art from Sherman Drexler and her joint exhibition with Sherman; her early work in sculpture; participating in Happenings with Jim Dine; joining Anita Reuben's gallery; her debut as a playwright; her experience writing "I am the Beautiful Stranger;" the changing public perception of her and being classified as an artist; her decision to become a painter and appropriating images for her work; the influence of S. J. Perelman on her plays; her play about Joseph Cornell and ballerina Allegra Kent, and interviewing Allegra Kent; her recent artwork and preparing for her 2017 show at Garth Greenan Gallery; her artwork from the 1980s and 1990s; her comedy writing and sense of humor. Drexler also recalls Chico Marx, Jack Newfield, Igor Youskevitch, Ivan Karp, Anita Reuben, Lucas Samaras, Richard Gilman, Al Carmines, Amiri Baraka, Barbara Ann Teer, Franz Kline, Elaine De Kooning, Bill de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Jack Kroll, Lawrence Alloway, Tom Hess, Barney Newman, Harold Rosenberg, Susan Sontag, Joe Hirshhorn, Henry Geldzahler, Donald Barthelme, Kornblee Gallery, Eva Hesse, Tom Doyle, William Klein, Marilyn Monroe, Alex Katz, Alice Neel, Basquiat, Saturday Night Live, and Lenny Bruce, among others.
Biographical / Historical:
Rosalyn Drexler (1926- ) is a sculptor, playwright, and novelist in New York, New York. Christopher Lyon (1949- ) is a writer in Brooklyn, 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.
Occupation:
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Playwrights -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women wrestlers  Search this
Segregation -- United States  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Happenings (Art)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.drexle17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90bfba5d5-5e75-43b8-a9a5-bfc6e1c0120e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-drexle17
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Al Hansen, 1973 November 6-13

Interviewee:
Hansen, Al, 1927-1995  Search this
Hansen, Al, 1927-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-1997  Search this
Subject:
Brecht, George  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Dine, Jim  Search this
Dunn, Bob  Search this
Dunn, Judith  Search this
Eisenhauer, Lette  Search this
Goldfine, Pauline  Search this
Groth, John  Search this
Higgins, Dick  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Karp, Ivan C.  Search this
Maciunas, George  Search this
Mac Low, Jackson  Search this
Marisol  Search this
McCarey, Don  Search this
Moorman, Charlotte  Search this
Muller, Jan  Search this
Nakian, Reuben  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes  Search this
Ortiz, Rafael Montanez  Search this
Paik, Nam June  Search this
Poons, Larry  Search this
Segal, George  Search this
Smith, Tony  Search this
Vostell, Wolf  Search this
Waring, James  Search this
Watts, Robert  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Pratt Institute  Search this
Reuben Gallery  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Happenings (Art)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12668
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212717
AAA_collcode_hansen73
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212717

Oral history interview with Al Hansen

Interviewee:
Hansen, Al, 1927-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) -- Students  Search this
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.) -- Students  Search this
Pratt Institute -- Students  Search this
Reuben Gallery  Search this
Brecht, George  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Dine, Jim, 1935-  Search this
Dunn, Bob  Search this
Dunn, Judith  Search this
Eisenhauer, Lette  Search this
Goldfine, Pauline  Search this
Groth, John, 1908-1988  Search this
Higgins, Dick, 1938-1998  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Karp, Ivan C., 1926-2012  Search this
Mac Low, Jackson  Search this
Maciunas, George, 1931-1978  Search this
Marisol, 1930-2016  Search this
McCarey, Don  Search this
Moorman, Charlotte  Search this
Muller, Jan, 1922-1958  Search this
Nakian, Reuben, 1897-1986  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Ortiz, Rafael Montanez  Search this
Paik, Nam June, 1932-  Search this
Poons, Larry  Search this
Segal, George  Search this
Smith, Tony, 1912-1980  Search this
Vostell, Wolf, 1932-1998  Search this
Waring, James, 1922-1975  Search this
Watts, Robert, 1923-1988  Search this
Extent:
2 Sound tape reels (Sound recording, 5 in.)
112 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1973 November 6-13
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Al Hansen conducted 1973 November 6-13, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Hansen traces his personal history, recalling his childhood and early education in Queens; his service in the armed forces; and jobs he held in social work, advertising, off-Broadway theater, and art galleries. He describes taking classes with John Groth at the Art Students League in the 1940s; with Reuben Nakian at Pratt in the 1950s; and with John Cage at the New School in 1958. He also discusses the rise of New York as an art center; his interest in film; his involvement in experimental sound and music; his approach to creating Happenings and that of other artists; organizing poetry readings at the Epitome Coffee Shop; his Hershey bar wrapper collages; the writing of his book, "A Primer of Happenings and Space Time Art," (New York: Something Else Press 1965); his interactions with Fluxus and George Maciunas; participating in the "Below Zero" show at the Reuben Gallery in 1959; attending the Destruction In Art symposium in London in 1966; and his recent exhibitions in Germany. People he recalls include Tony Smith; Pauline Goldfine [ph]; Dick Higgins; Wolf Vostell; Larry Poons; Allan Kaprow; Claes Oldenburg; Don McCarey [ph]; Jim Dine; George Brecht; Jackson Mac Low; James Waring; Marisol Escobar; Ivan Karp; Bob Watts; George Segal; Judith Dunn; Bob Dunn; Jan Müller; Nam June Paik; Raphael Ortiz; Charlotte Moorman; and Lettie Lou Eisenhauer.
Biographical / Historical:
Al Hansen (1927-1995) was an artist from New York, New York. Founder of Fluxus art movement and one of the first Happenings artists.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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 others.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Happenings (Art)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.hansen73
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9934acc05-c372-46fa-924a-d3cdb5649cbf
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hansen73
Online Media:

Claes Oldenburg and one of his works in his show The Street at the Reuben Gallery

Photographer:
Rapaport, Charles  Search this
Rapaport, Charles  Search this
Subject:
Oldenburg, Claes  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New York, N.Y.
Date:
1960 May
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)4617
See more items in:
Rudi Blesh papers, circa 1900-1983
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_4617
Online Media:

Installation view of Claes Oldenburg's show The Street at the Reuben Gallery

Photographer:
Rapaport, Charles  Search this
Rapaport, Charles  Search this
Subject:
Oldenburg, Claes  Search this
Reuben Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1960 May
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13484
See more items in:
Rudi Blesh papers, circa 1900-1983
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13484
Online Media:

Reuben Gallery [Folder]

Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_101928

Subject Files

Collection Creator:
Solomon, Alan R., 1920-1970  Search this
Extent:
2.92 Linear feet (Boxes 3-6, 11, OV 12)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1907-1969
Scope and Contents:
Subject files consist primarily of printed material, such as announcements and catalogs, news clippings, and posters, collected by Solomon on a variety of art related subjects. Subject file headings are taken directly from the original files where possible. The largest subset of files documents painters and sculptors, arranged alphabetically by name. These files occasionally include artist biographies and résumés, scattered correspondence, and scattered photographs of artists and artwork. They include letters from Jim and Nancy Dine, Öyvind Fahlström, Robert Indiana, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, Charles Oster, and Ray Parker.

Subjects that reflect Solomon's wide-ranging interests in new and experimental art forms, include dance companies and programs, such as the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and Happenings, which documents events held by a group of artists, including Jim Dine, Alan Kaprow, and Claes Oldenburg, who presented their work in "evening exhibitions of art in a new dimension," particularly at the Reuben Gallery in New York City in the early 1960s. The Happenings were a forerunner to projects such as the First New York Theater Rally of the mid-1960s. Happenings material includes announcements for events, and a piece of paper with the word "Help" repeatedly painted on it used in Jim Dine's "Car Crash," circa 1960.

Material on the Jewish Museum includes press releases relating to the museum's mission from 1963, in regard to undertaking a general art program "emphasizing the work of younger or otherwise unrecognized artists who contribute to what is vital and influential in the contemporary art world," and the dedication of the Albert A. List building. Also found are reviews of 1963-1964 exhibitions at the museum, and an invitation to the preview of Jasper Johns (1964), at the Jewish Museum.
Arrangement:
Records are arranged alphabetically by folder title. Folder titles for the group of files relating to painters and sculptors indicate a range of artists, not all of whom will be mentioned in the folder title.
Collection 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.
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:
Alan R. Solomon papers, 1907-1970, bulk 1944-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.soloalan, Series 6
See more items in:
Alan R. Solomon papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c32bf6d5-607b-4b61-a7d9-acaf2b40b0de
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-soloalan-ref112

Photographs

Collection Creator:
Solomon, Alan R., 1920-1970  Search this
Extent:
1.7 Linear feet (Boxes 9-11, OV 13)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1951-circa 1970
Scope and Contents:
Photographs are of Solomon, artists and others, exhibitions and events, and artwork, by photographers including Robert R. McElroy, Ugo Mulas, and Hans Namuth.

Photos of Solomon include snapshots, photo booth snapshots, portraits, photos taken at various events and with others, and a series of photos taken at a party by Ugo Mulas. Also found is one photograph taken by Robert Rauschenberg of Mulas, Solomon, and designer and illustrator, Michele Provinciali.

There are photographs of circa eighteen artists, including many studio shots, some of which were probably taken by Ugo Mulas for the book New York: The New Art Scene, but are not specifically identified as such.

Photos of Jim Dine include a series taken of a Happenings performance entitled "Car Crash" at Reuben gallery, circa 1960. Also found is a series of mounted photographs of Dine's artwork, some of which are signed by the artist.

Photos of Laura Grisi picture the artist with others, including Barnett Newman, Larry Poons, and Frank Stella.

Photographs of Robert Rauschenberg include many taken at the Venice Biennale by Ugo Mulas, and picture Rauschenberg at the ceremony, seated next to Alan Solomon, during which he received the Grand Prize. Also found are photographs of Rauschenberg beside his artwork, and at Biennale parties. Some photos show Rauschenberg's artwork arriving by canal in Venice and being transported to the Biennale exhibition space.

Two photos of Andy Warhol were taken by Nat Finkelstein at The Factory, circa 1964.

Photographs of others include Leo Castelli, and Robert and Ethel Scull in their home, surrounded by their art collection.

Also found here are photographs of the exhibition Toward a New Abstraction (1963) held at the Jewish Museum during Solomon's tenure as director; photographs of an unidentified performance; photos by Hans Namuth at an unidentified exhibition; and a series of black and white snapshots of building interiors in Venice, with other Venice buildings and canal scenes.

A group of negatives, originally housed in a cigar box with no identifying information, can be found at the end of the series. Subjects appear to be a combination of family and friends, travel, buildings, artwork, and exhibitions.
Arrangement:
Photographs are arranged by subject. Dates assigned to photos of artwork are for the years in which the pictured artwork was produced, where known.
Collection 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.
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:
Alan R. Solomon papers, 1907-1970, bulk 1944-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.soloalan, Series 11
See more items in:
Alan R. Solomon papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9315d1c37-a17d-4667-b7a9-bbba7e6b4218
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-soloalan-ref9

Eleven from the Reuben Gallery : January 1965

Title:
11 from the Reuben Gallery
Author:
Alloway, Lawrence 1926-1990  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Reuben Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([6] p.) : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1965
[1965]
20th century
Topic:
Happening (Art)  Search this
Pop art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512.5.P6 E438 1965
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_834969

We can make another future : Japanese art after 1989 / curator, Reuben Keehan ; contributing authors, Reuben Keehan, Shihoko Iida, David Burnett, Julie Ewington, Tarun Nagesh, Russell Storer, Kathryn Weir

Title:
Japanese art after 1989
Author:
Queensland Art Gallery  Search this
Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane, Qld.)  Search this
Author:
Keehan, Reuben  Search this
Iida, Shihoko  Search this
Subject:
Queensland Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
175 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Australia
Queensland
Date:
2014
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Art, Japanese  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Artists  Search this
Art  Search this
Call number:
N7355.45 .Q44 2014
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1035090

Rosalyn Drexler : who does she think she is? / Katy Siegel

Title:
Who does she think she is?
Artist:
Drexler, Rosalyn  Search this
Author:
Siegel, Katy  Search this
Writer of supplementary textual content:
Als, Hilton  Search this
Lethem, Jonathan  Search this
Author:
Drexler, Rosalyn Works Selections  Search this
Host institution:
Rose Art Museum  Search this
Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  Search this
Subject:
Drexler, Rosalyn  Search this
Drexler, Rosalyn Written works  Search this
Physical description:
238 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Art
Date:
2016
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Collage  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Feminism in art  Search this
Arts, American  Search this
Boxers (Sports)--In art  Search this
Violence in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1077438

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