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Oral history interview with Frank Romero

Interviewee:
Romero, Frank  Search this
Interviewer:
Rangel, Jeffrey J.  Search this
Names:
Los Four (Art group)  Search this
Otis Art Institute -- Students  Search this
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Mugnaini, Joseph A.  Search this
Rocha, Roberto de la  Search this
Sanchez Luján, Gilbert  Search this
Sheets, Millard, 1907-1989  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Extent:
99 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1997 January 17-March 2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Frank Romero conducted 1997 January 17-March 2, by Jeffrey Rangel, for the Archives of American Art, in Romero's studio, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Romero discusses his growing up in East Los Angeles and his large extended family; his earliest art studies in the public schools; attending the Otis Art Institute where he studied with Joe Mugnaini and had contact with Millard Sheets and Peter Voulkos; the "very polyglut culture" of East Los Angeles; the influences of television, western movies, rock-and-roll, and rhythm and blues on his early musical/artistic taste; time spent in New York; returning to Los Angeles in 1969; and his marriage and family.
He describes his move into Carlos Almaraz's house which became the informal meeting place of the artist group Los Four (Almaraz, Romero, Gilbert Sanchez Lujan, and Roberto "Beto" de la Rocha); the Los Four show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1974; and the stylistic aesthetics of Los Four.
Romero describes the "boys club" nature of Chicano art centers; his contributions to the Chicano art movement; his relationship to the Chicano/Mexican culture and mainstream U.S. culture; murals done by members of Los Four for the Inner City Mural Program; his work for the Metropolitan Transit Authority; the Murals of Aztlan exhibit in 1981 at the Craft and Folk Art Museum; and his shows at the ARCO Center for the Visual Arts. He concludes with his assessment of the Chicano arts movement, the relationship between economic and art cycles, and the role of the more established artists to those of a younger generation.
Biographical / Historical:
Frank Romero (1941- ) is a painter from Los Angeles, Calif.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 9 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 27 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. Funding for the interview provided by the Smithsonian Institution Latino Pool Fund.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Muralists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Mexican American artists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Mexican American art -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Street art  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.romero97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-romero97

Oral history interview with Gilbert Sanchez Lujan

Interviewee:
Sanchez Luján, Gilbert  Search this
Interviewer:
Rangel, Jeffrey J.  Search this
Names:
Los Four (Art group)  Search this
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Rocha, Roberto de la  Search this
Romero, Frank  Search this
Extent:
104 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1997 Nov. 7-17
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Gilbert Lujan conducted 1997 Nov. 7-17, by Jeffrey Rangel, for the Archives of American Art, in Los Angeles, Calif. and La Mesa, N.M.
Sanchez Lujan discusses his growing up in a rural community, East Los Angeles, and Mexico; how early experiences and changes in culture have affected his art and developed his interest in history and politics; his attraction to black culture and the relationship of art as a medium for inter-ethnic interaction where politics and human nature create divisions; his understanding of racial segregation and apartheid in California society; coming into consciousness as a Chicano; and his collaboration and the formation of Los Four with Roberto de la Rocha, Carlos Almaraz, and Frank Romero.
Biographical / Historical:
Gilbert Sanchez Lujan (1940-2011) was a painter from Los Angeles and La Mesa, N.M.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 42 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. Funding for this interview provided by the Smithsonian Latino Pool Allocation.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- New Mexico -- La Mesa -- Interviews  Search this
Mexican American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Mexican American art  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.lujan97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-lujan97

Oral history interview with Frank Romero, 1997 January 17-March 2

Interviewee:
Romero, Frank, 1941-  Search this
Interviewer:
Rangel, Jeffrey J.  Search this
Subject:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Mugnaini, Joseph A.  Search this
Rocha, Roberto de la  Search this
Sanchez Luján, Gilbert  Search this
Sheets, Millard  Search this
Voulkos, Peter  Search this
Four (Art group)  Search this
Otis Art Institute  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Mexican American artists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Mexican American art -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Street art  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13587
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216102
AAA_collcode_romero97
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216102
Online Media:

Festival Recordings: Learning Center/Camp Fire: Saddles & Boots: Fernando Cellicion; Flute Zuni Pueblo: Beadwork & Ceremony

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. New Mexico Program 1992 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Davis, Mariel Smith (recorder)  Search this
Barge, Michelle (recorder)  Search this
Performer:
Green, Austin  Search this
McGuffin, Deana, 1950-  Search this
McGuffin, L.W.  Search this
Cellcion, Fernando  Search this
Taliman, Elizabeth, 1953-  Search this
Sanchez Luján, Gilbert  Search this
Naranjo, Teresita, 1919-1999  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (compact audio cassette)
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Zuni Indians  Search this
Santa Clara Pueblo (N.M.)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Sound cassettes
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
New Mexico
Santa Fe (N.M.)
Clovis (N.M.)
Portales (N.M.)
Zuni (N.M.)
Santa Clara Pueblo (N.M.)
Date:
1992 June 27
Track Information:
101 Saddles and Boots / Austin Green, Deana McGuffin, L.W. McGuffin.

102 Fernando Cellicion- Zuni Flute / Fernando Cellcion. Flute.

103 Beadwork and Ceremony / Elizabeth Taliman, Gilbert Sanchez, Teresita Naranjo.
Local Numbers:
FP-1992-CT-0135
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, June 27, 1992.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
American Indian  Search this
Flute  Search this
Boots and shoes -- Trade and manufacture  Search this
Leather  Search this
Saddlery  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Religion  Search this
Bead working  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1992, Item FP-1992-CT-0135
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife / Series 4: New Mexico / Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1992-ref683

Festival Recordings: Learning Center/Camp Fire: Beadwork & Ceremony: Pottery Traditions: Cuentos; Stories Rio Grand Valley

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. New Mexico Program 1992 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Davis, Mariel Smith (recorder)  Search this
Barge, Michelle (recorder)  Search this
Performer:
Taliman, Elizabeth, 1953-  Search this
Sanchez Luján, Gilbert  Search this
Naranjo, Teresita, 1919-1999  Search this
Suina, Ada, 1930-  Search this
Atencio, Paulette, 1947-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (compact audio cassette)
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Culture:
Indians of North America  Search this
Americans  Search this
Santa Clara Pueblo (N.M.)  Search this
Cochiti Indians  Search this
Hispanic Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Sound cassettes
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
New Mexico
Santa Clara Pueblo (N.M.)
Cochiti (N.M.)
Chama (N.M.)
Date:
1992 June 27
Track Information:
101 Beadwork and Ceremony / Elizabeth Taliman, Gilbert Sanchez, Teresita Naranjo.

102 Pottery Traditions / Teresita Naranjo, Ada Suina.

103 Cuentos: Stories from the Rio Grande Valley / Paulette Atencio.
Local Numbers:
FP-1992-CT-0136
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, June 27, 1992.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
American Indian  Search this
Storytelling  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Religion  Search this
Bead working  Search this
Pottery  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1992, Item FP-1992-CT-0136
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife / Series 4: New Mexico / Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1992-ref684

The Chicano Collection [art reproduction] : a school of American painting

Title:
Colección Chicana
Author:
Marin, Cheech  Search this
Marin, Patti  Search this
Duardo, Richard  Search this
Noriega, Chon A. 1961-  Search this
Rodríguez, Artemio 1972-  Search this
Benavidez, Max  Search this
Cortez, Constance 1958-  Search this
Romo, Terecita  Search this
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Borjórquez, Charles  Search this
Botello, David  Search this
Casas, Mel 1929-  Search this
Enriquez, Gaspar 1942-  Search this
García, Margaret 1951-  Search this
Garcia, Rupert 1941-  Search this
Garza, Carmen Lomas  Search this
Guerrero, Raul 1945-  Search this
Gutiérrez, Roberto 1943-  Search this
Healy, Wayne Alaniz  Search this
Hernández, Adán  Search this
Hernandez, Ester 1944-  Search this
Limón, Leo  Search this
Lozano, José 1959-  Search this
Sanchez Lujan, Gilbert  Search this
Martínez, César Augusto 1944-  Search this
Romero, Frank  Search this
Rubio, Alex  Search this
Sánchez, Marta  Search this
Torrez, Eloy  Search this
Treviño, Jesse  Search this
Valadez, John 1951-  Search this
Valdez, Patssi  Search this
Valdez, Vincent  Search this
Yepes, George  Search this
Id Films Production (Firm)  Search this
Modern Multiples (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Marin, Cheech Art collections  Search this
Marin, Patti Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
[57] plates : ill. (some col.) ; 101 x 81 cm. + 1 catalog (160 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm.) + 1 videodisc (ca. 53 min. : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.)
Type:
Art reproductions
Place:
California
Date:
2006
2006]
20th century
Topic:
Mexican American painting  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Painting--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
ND238.M4 C45 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_833138

Los Four : Almaraz, de la Rocha, Lujan, Romero : [exhibition] Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, November 10 to December 9, 1973 : Los Angeles County Museum of Art, February 26 to March 31, 1974 / [catalog designed by Frank Romero]

Author:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Rocha, Roberto de la  Search this
Sanchez Lujan, Gilbert  Search this
Romero, Frank  Search this
University of California, Irvine Art Gallery  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
[15] accordion fold. leaves : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1973
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Mexican American art  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Call number:
N6538.M4 F68 1973
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_609645

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