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Oral history interview with Hunter Reynolds, 2016 August 10-September 7

Interviewee:
Reynolds, Hunter, 1959-2022  Search this
Interviewer:
Kerr, Theodore, 1979-  Search this
Subject:
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17412
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)382891
AAA_collcode_reynol16
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_382891
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Oral history interview with Hunter Reynolds

Interviewee:
Reynolds, Hunter, 1959-  Search this
Interviewer:
Kerr, Theodore  Search this
Names:
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
10 Items (sound files (6 hrs., 1 min.), digital, wav)
87 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2016 August 10-September 7
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Hunter Reynolds, conducted 2016 August 10-September 7, by Theodore Kerr, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at Fales Library in New York, New York.
Reynolds speaks of his childhood in Minnesota, Florida, and California; early sexual experiences; attending Otis College of Art and Design; moving to New York in 1984 and becoming part of the East Village scene; the beginning of the AIDS crisis and safe sex discourse; his involvement in ACT UP; being diagnosed with HIV and starting ART+ Positive in Los Angeles in 1989; his body of artwork, performances, exhibitions, and activist actions; resonances between AIDS activism of the 1980s and '90s and contemporary activism around the Black Lives Matter movement; the politics of identifying as an HIV-positive artist; experimenting with drag and developing his alter ego Patina du Prey; performances with "Memorial Dress," "The Banquet," "Dervish Dress;' "Mummification" performance; living and working in Germany in the 1990s; and his personal struggle with long-term HIV survivorship; his "disaster" series and "Survial AIDS" series; and making his life, past and present, his personal masterpiece. Reynolds also recalls Kathy Burkhart, Susan Silas, Fred Tomaselli, Scott Hill, Leslie Dahlgren, Paula Cooper, Ray Navarro, Mark Kostabi, Bill Dobbs, Dread Scott, Kim Levin, Simon Watson, Maxine Henryson, Herr Vishka, Tony Feher, Jim Hodges, Dylan Nayler, Kathleen White, Krista Naylor, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Interviewee Hunter Reynolds (1959-2022) was a performance artist and activist in New York, New York. Interviewer Theodore Kerr (1979- ) is a writer and organizer 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.
Occupation:
Political activists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.reynol16
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw906242372-a58b-4e05-927a-e5744866442c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-reynol16
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Jim Hodges

Interviewee:
Hodges, Jim, 1957-  Search this
Interviewer:
Carr, C.  Search this
Names:
Fort Wright College of the Holy Names  Search this
Pratt Institute -- Students  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Arning, Bill  Search this
Chatham, Rhys  Search this
Feher, Tony, 1956-  Search this
Fuller, Marnie  Search this
Gonzalez-Torres, Felix, 1957-1996  Search this
Hoffman, Nancy, 1944-  Search this
Kaiser, Karen  Search this
McCarty, Lynn  Search this
Montano, Linda, 1942-  Search this
Morris, Bob  Search this
Nechvatal, Joseph  Search this
Nyzio, David, 1958-  Search this
Reynolds, Hunter, 1959-  Search this
Safranek, Doug, 1956-  Search this
Smith, Scott  Search this
Vallenciano, Robert  Search this
Extent:
16 Items (Sound recording: 16 sound files (3 hr., 44 min.), digital, wav)
87 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2017 March 9-May 25
Scope and Contents:
Oral history interview with Jim Hodges, conducted 2017 March 9 and May 25, by Cynthia Carr, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at Hodges' studio in Queens, New York.
Hodges speaks of his childhood in Spokane, Washington; exposure to art-making in high school and at Fort Wright College; attending Pratt Institute in 1983; his first New York gallery job in 1984; discovering his sexuality and becoming interested in queer life and history; the early years of the AIDS crisis; taking a studio with the Dannheisser Foundation; his body of work in mixed media; his gallery exhibitions in the late 1980s and early '90s; becoming sober in 1990; and the influence of the AIDS crisis on his artwork and art-making process. Hodges also recalls Karen Kaiser, Scott Smith, Marnie Fuller, Davie Nyzio, Lynn McCarty, Robert Vallenciano, Bob Morris, Linda Montano, Joseph Nechvatal, Rhys Chatham, Nancy Hoffman, Hunter Reynolds, Tony Feher, Bill Arning, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Doug Safranek, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Jim Hodges (1957- ) is an installation artist in New York, New York. Cynthia Carr (1950- ) is a writer 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.
Topic:
AIDS (Disease)  Search this
Art -- Exhibitions  Search this
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Mixed media (Art)  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Gay artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.hodges17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b9961c06-6188-4bf5-85b8-65197d690c0b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hodges17
Online Media:

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