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Oral history interview with Bruce Metcalf

Interviewee:
Metcalf, Bruce, 1949-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cooke, Edward S., 1954-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Colorado State University -- Faculty  Search this
Kent State University -- Faculty  Search this
Montana State University (Bozeman, Mont.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Society of North American Goldsmiths  Search this
State University of New York at New Paltz -- Students  Search this
Syracuse University -- Students  Search this
Tyler School of Art -- Students  Search this
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- Faculty  Search this
Adamson, Glenn  Search this
Arneson, Robert, 1930-1992  Search this
Bauer, Fred  Search this
Bennett, Jamie, 1948-  Search this
Burns, Mark, 1950-  Search this
Church, Sharon, 1948-  Search this
Clark, Garth, 1947-  Search this
Craig, Gabriel  Search this
Cummins, Susan  Search this
Daley, William, 1925-2002  Search this
Ebendorf, Robert, 1938-  Search this
Eidelberg, Martin P.  Search this
Flynn, Pat, 1954-  Search this
Getty, Nilda  Search this
Gill, John, 1949-  Search this
Griffin, Gary, 1945-  Search this
Halem, Henry  Search this
Hammer, Wayne  Search this
Hash, Arthur, 1976-  Search this
Jerry, Michael John, 1937-  Search this
Kington, L. Brent (Louis Brent), 1934-2013  Search this
Koplos, Janet  Search this
Koss, Gene  Search this
Kumata, Carol  Search this
La Plantz, David  Search this
Lechtzin, Stanley, 1936-  Search this
Long, Randy  Search this
Matzdorf, Kurt  Search this
Mawdsley, Richard, 1945-  Search this
Moran, Lois  Search this
Morris, William, 1834-1896  Search this
Pritchard, Marian  Search this
Rogers, Harriet  Search this
Rogers, Steve  Search this
Ruskin, John, 1819-1900  Search this
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Shaw, Richard, 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Slivka, Rose  Search this
Slosberg, Jill  Search this
Wilson, Anne, 1949-  Search this
Woell, J. Fred, 1934-  Search this
Extent:
96 Pages (Transcript)
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (4 hr., 10 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
California -- description and travel
Seoul (Korea) -- Description and Travel
Date:
2009 June 10
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Bruce Metcalf conducted 2009 June 10, by Edward S. Cooke, Jr., for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Metcalf's home, in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Mr. Metcalf discusses his early years in Amherst, Massachusetts; beginnings as a maker with modeling clay and plastic airplane models; undergraduate years at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York in the late 1960s; early interest in architecture; early disenchantment with modernist discourse and theory; introduction to Marxist theory and idealism of the 1960s; summer trip to California in 1970; return to the East Coast upon the death of his father; return to college, transferring into jewelry in his senior year; influence of his teacher Michael Jerry; seeing the work in "Objects: USA" exhibition (1969) and influence of the work of J. Fred Woell, Richard Mawdsley, L. Brent Kington; rejection of current trends in art, including conceptual art and formalism; his affinity for the medium of metal, and hammersmithing; influence of funk ceramics, including work by Fred Bauer and Richard Shaw; brief stint at Montana State University, Bozeman; working in cardboard and wood; graduate school at the State University of New York, New Paltz; working with Robert Ebendorf and Kurt Matzdorf at New Paltz; work as a production artist/craftsperson; attending Rhinebeck, New York, craft fair in the mid-1970s; the influence of writings by William Morris and John Ruskin and the notion of "dignified labor"; graduate school at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; formulating his aesthetic of narrative symbolism; publication of his first article in 1977 as a response to review of the exhibition "Forms in Metal: 275 Years of Metalsmithing in America" (1975); yearlong teaching position at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; taking a teaching position at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (1986-1991); publication of his article "Crafts: Second-Class Citizens?" in the first issue of Metalsmith, 1980; growing involvement with the Society of North American Goldsmiths; development of his notion of "social utility" and the role and function of crafts and making; expansion of his writing on craft; rejection of the deconstructivist school of thought in the 1980s; abandonment of sculptural objects for jewelry in the early 1990s; return to Philadelphia in 1991; early teaching of history of craft, first at Kent, then on a Fulbright scholarship in Seoul, South Korea (1990), later at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, in the early 1990s; influence of Martin Eidelberg; development of his vision for a history of craft course; collaboration with Janet Koplos on "Makers: A History of American Studio Craft"; use of his medium and craft to explore issues of nurturing and anxiety; the psychological/social effect and aesthetic importance of wearing jewelry (for the wearer and the artist); the pros and cons of craft collectors; the problematics of installation work by craft artists; recent trends in craft, including Anne Wilson's notion of "sloppy craft" and an "anti-craft" attitude; recent artists, including Arthur Hash and Gabriel Craig; lack of exhibition opportunities for younger/emerging artists; influential recent texts, including "Shards," by Garth Clark. He also recalls Robert Arneson, Randy Long, Carol Kumata, Jamie Bennett, Steve and Harriet Rogers, Wayne Hammer, Stanley Lechtzin, Gene Koss, Henry Halem, Mark Burns, Rose Slivka, Nilda Getty, Jill Slosberg, Sharon Church, John Gill, David La Plantz, Lois Moran; Gary Griffin; William Daley, Marian Pritchard, Glenn Adamson, Pat Flynn, Susan Cummins, and Judith Schaechter.
The following oral history transcript is the result of a recorded interview with Bruce Metcalf on June 10, 2009. The interview took place in Bala Cynwyd, Penn., and was conducted by Edward S. Cooke, Jr. for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. This interview is part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Bruce Metcalf has reviewed the transcript. His corrections and emendations appear below in brackets with initials. This transcript has been lightly edited for readability by the Archives of American Art. The reader should bear in mind that they are reading a transcript of spoken, rather than written, prose.
Biographical / Historical:
Bruce Metcalf (1949- ) is a jeweler and writer in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
General:
Originally recorded as 5 sound files. Duration is 4 hr., 10 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:
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Ceramics  Search this
Communism  Search this
Deconstructivism (Architecture)  Search this
Conceptual art  Search this
Formalism (Art)  Search this
Jewelers -- Pennsylvania -- Interviews  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.metcal09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw974054f15-9dfd-4aea-98f7-707fd609918e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-metcal09
Online Media:

Ruskin and Venice : a loan exhibition at the J. B. Speed Art Museum, 16 October-19 November 1978 / arranged and introduced by Robert Hewison

Author:
J.B. Speed Art Museum  Search this
Hewison, Robert 1943-  Search this
J.B. Speed Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
Physical description:
112 p. : ill. (some col.), ports., facsims. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
In art
Place:
Venice (Italy)
Date:
1978
C1978
Call number:
N40.1.R956 S7
NA1121.V4 R95
N40.1.R956S7
NA1121.V4R95
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_116627

John Ruskin : an Arts Council exhibition / [Jeanne Clegg]

Author:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
Clegg, Jeanne  Search this
Arts Council of Great Britain  Search this
Subject:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
Physical description:
88 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1983
Call number:
N40.1.R956 A7
N40.1.R956A7
NC242.R8A4 1983X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_193196

Brantwood, the Home of John Ruskin, Coniston Water, England

Publisher:
Keystone View Company  Search this
Photographer:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Names:
Ruskin, John, 1819-1900 -- Homes and haunts -- England -- Coniston (Cumbria)  Search this
Extent:
1 Stereograph (black and white)
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Stereographs
Place:
England
Brantwood (Lake District, England)
Date:
circa 1900-1910
Scope and Contents:
on back: [a description of the home of writer/critic John Ruskin and the Lake District of England]
General:
Historic Image #: V25408
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Houses  Search this
Fences  Search this
Walls, stone  Search this
Trees  Search this
Lawns  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Historic Gardens Stereograph Collection.
Identifier:
AAG.STR, Item STR031007
See more items in:
Historic gardens Stereograph collection
Historic gardens Stereograph collection / Gardens and Landscapes / Foreign Countries / England / Cumbria -- Brantwood
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6f2dc7ed0-2104-46c9-ba6e-877f9fedbfd6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-str-ref4929

Ruskin's myths / Dinah Birch

Author:
Birch, Dinah  Search this
Subject:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900 Knowledge Folklore, mythology  Search this
Physical description:
212 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1988
Topic:
Mythology in literature  Search this
Myth in literature  Search this
Call number:
N7483.R95 B6 1988
N7483.R95B6 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_393850

A pot of paint : Whistler v. Ruskin / Linda Merrill

Author:
Merrill, Linda 1959-  Search this
Subject:
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903  Search this
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903 Nocturne in black and gold: the falling rocket  Search this
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 419 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Trials, litigation, etc
Place:
England
London
Date:
1992
Topic:
Trials (Libel)  Search this
Call number:
KD379.W47 M47
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_878334

The crown of wild olive, and Lectures on art. By John Ruskin ..

Author:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
Physical description:
2 p. l., [iii]-xx p., 1 l., 317 p. 19 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1890
1899
[189-?]
Topic:
Work  Search this
War  Search this
Art  Search this
Call number:
N7445.2.R95
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_104619

The seven lamps of architecture. By John Ruskin. With illustrations, drawn and etched by the author

Author:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 205 p. xiv pl. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1849
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Call number:
NA2550 .R95
NA2550.R95
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_73077

Ruskin and Italy / by Alexander Bradley

Author:
Bradley, Alexander 1948-  Search this
Subject:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900 Knowledge  Search this
Ruskin, John 1819-1900 Travel  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 123 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
In literature
Place:
Italy
Great Britain
Date:
1987
C1987
19th century
Topic:
Authors, English  Search this
Critics  Search this
Artists  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
PR5267.I8 B73
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_872144

Jian zhu de qi zhan ming deng = The seven lamps of architecture / Yuehan Luosijin zhu ; Liu Rongyao zhu bian ; Zhang Lin yi

Title:
建筑的七盏明灯 = The seven lamps of architecture / 约翰・罗斯金著 ; 刘荣跃主编 ; 张璘译
Seven lamps of architecture
Author:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
Liu, Rongyao  Search this
Zhang, Lin  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 12, 7, 202 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2006
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Call number:
NA2550 .R75133 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_869751

John Ruskin : a reference guide : a selective guide to significant and representative works about him / George Allan Cate

Author:
Cate, George Allan  Search this
Subject:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900 Bibliography  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 146 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1988
[1988]
Call number:
Z8765 .C28 1988X
Z8765.C28 1988X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_382770

John Ruskin & William Morris : the energies of order and love / David Gerard

Author:
Gerard, David E  Search this
Subject:
Morris, William 1834-1896  Search this
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
Physical description:
20, [6] p. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
England
Date:
1988
C1988
19th century
Topic:
Art, Victorian  Search this
Art, British  Search this
Call number:
N6797.M5885 G356 1988
N6797.M5885G356 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_390101

John Ruskin

Author:
Evans, Joan 1893-1977  Search this
Subject:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
Physical description:
447 p. illus., ports. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1970
Call number:
N40.1.R956 E9 1970
N40.1.R956E9 1970
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_7445

Oxford Museum, Deane and Woodward / Trevor Garnham

Author:
Garnham, Trevor  Search this
Subject:
Deane, Thomas 1792-1871  Search this
Woodward, Benjamin 1816-1861  Search this
Ruskin, John 1819-1900 Influence  Search this
University of Oxford University Museum History  Search this
University of Oxford University Museum Designs and plans  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.), port. ; 30 cm. x 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
England
Oxford
Oxford (England)
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Gothic revival (Architecture)  Search this
Decoration and ornament, Gothic  Search this
Iron work  Search this
Natural history museums  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Call number:
NA997.D43 G23 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_473011

The desire of my eyes : the life and work of John Ruskin / Wolfgang Kemp ; translated by Jan van Heurck

Author:
Kemp, Wolfgang 1946-  Search this
Heurck, Jan van  Search this
Subject:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
Physical description:
x, 513 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1990
19th century
Topic:
Authors, English  Search this
Critics  Search this
Call number:
PR5263 .K32 E1990
PR5263.K32 E1990
N40.1.R956K32 E1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_403475

Modern painters. By a graduate of Oxford ..

Author:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1847
1847-48
Topic:
Painting  Search this
Aesthetics  Search this
Call number:
ND1135 .R85 1847
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_45448

Ruskin's drawings in the Ashmolean Museum / Nicholas Penny

Author:
Penny, Nicholas 1949-  Search this
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
Ashmolean Museum  Search this
Subject:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900 Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
79 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1988
Call number:
N40.1.R956x P4 1988
N40.1.R956xP4 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_425650

Lectures on art delivered before the University of Oxford in Hilary term, 1870, by John Ruskin

Author:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
Physical description:
5 p. l., [3]-189 p. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1870
Topic:
Art  Search this
Call number:
N7445 .R78l 1870
N7445.R78l 1870
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_418001

Ruskin and Tuscany : Ruskin Gallery, Collection of the Guild of St. George, Sheffield in association with Lund Humphries, London

Author:
Clegg, Jeanne  Search this
Tucker, Paul Hayes 1950-  Search this
Ruskin Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
Ruskin, John 1819-1900 Travel  Search this
Guild of St. George  Search this
Physical description:
157 p. : ill., map (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
In art
Place:
Italy
Tuscany
England
Sheffield
Tuscany (Italy)
Date:
1993
[1993]
19th century
Topic:
Art, Italian  Search this
Art, English  Search this
Art  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_456556

A popular handbook to the National Gallery : including by special permission notes collected from the works of Mr. Ruskin / compiled by Edward T. Cook ; with preface by John Ruskin

Author:
Cook, Edward Tyas Sir 1857-1919  Search this
Ruskin, John 1819-1900  Search this
National Gallery (Great Britain)  Search this
Subject:
National Gallery (Great Britain)  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. ; 18 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
England
London
Date:
1909
Topic:
Painting  Search this
Call number:
N1070 .C7 1909
N1070.C7 1909
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_417702

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