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Oral history interview with Alison Knowles

Interviewee:
Knowles, Alison, 1933-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch  Search this
Creator:
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Names:
California Institute of the Arts -- Faculty  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Middlebury College -- Students  Search this
Pratt Institute. Art School -- Students  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Brecht, George  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Chicago, Judy, 1939-  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Gordon, Coco, 1938-  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974  Search this
Hamilton, Richard, 1922-  Search this
Hendricks, Jon, 1921-  Search this
Higgins, Dick, 1938-1998  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-1995  Search this
Jones, Joe, 1909-1963  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Kuehn, Kathy  Search this
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Lindner, Richard, 1901-1978  Search this
Mac Low, Jackson  Search this
Maciunas, George, 1931-1978  Search this
Moorman, Charlotte  Search this
Ono, Yōko  Search this
Paik, Nam June, 1932-  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Saito, Takako, 1929-  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam, 1923-2015  Search this
Schneemann, Carolee, 1939-  Search this
Schöning, Klaus  Search this
Shiomi, Mieko, 1909-1948  Search this
Silverman, Gilbert  Search this
Spoerri, Daniel, 1930-  Search this
Teitelbaum, Richard  Search this
Tenney, James  Search this
Waśko, Ryszard  Search this
Extent:
86 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2010 June 1-2
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Alison Knowles conducted 2010 June 1-2, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project, at Knowles' home and studio, in New York, N.Y.
Knowles speaks of her family background; her father's (an English professor) influence on her education; her love of nature and isolation as a young girl; her French studies at Middlebury College; her transfer to Pratt Institute to study art; the social and academic environment at Pratt; her inclinations towards abstraction; her first marriage to Jim Ericson; her first studio at 423 Broadway; her early jobs as a commercial artist; her first gallery show at Nonagon, in 1958, and how she subsequently burned the paintings in that show; her second marriage to Dick Higgins in 1960; her Judson Gallery Show in 1962 and how she subsequently discarded those works; her involvement in the Fluxus group; her involvement with the "Cage class," and its early performances; her collaboration with John Cage on the book, "Notations" (1968); her collaboration with Marcel Duchamp on a print (1967); the circumstances surrounding her performance piece, "Make a Salad" (1962), her travels through Europe with Higgins; the birth of her twins; her computerized poetic piece and installation, "House of Dust" (1967) and how it was later vandalized; her move to Los Angeles to teach at CalArts; the rebuilding of "House of Dust" at CalArts; her move back to New York; the processes leading up to several projects and collaborations including "Loose Pages," "Big Book," "Bread and Water," and more; where she finds her inspiration; her thoughts on performance art; her studio environment in Barrytown, N.Y.; the influence and support of Germany on her work and Fluxus in general; her recent work, including "Identical Lunch"; and current challenges she faces as an artist.
She recalls Richard Lindner, Adolph Gottlieb, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Judy Chicago, Josef Albers, Dorothy Podber, Ray Johnson, Dick Higgins, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Klaus Schöning, Jon Hendricks, Gilbert Silverman, George Maciunas, George Brecht, Jack Mac Low, Yoko Ono, Mieko Shiomi, Takako Saito, Joe Jones, Marcel Duchamp, Daniel Spoerri, Richard Hamilton, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, Helmut Becker, Coco Gordon, Jim Tenney, Cornelia Lauf, Rirkrit Tirvanija, Allan Kaprow, Simone Forte, Carolee Schneemann, Richard Teitelbaum, Miriam Schapiro, Miguel Abrau, James Fuentes, Cyrilla Wozenter, Kathy Kuehn, Ryszard Wasko.
Biographical / Historical:
Alison Knowles (1933- ) is an artist and a founding member of Fluxus in New York, N.Y. Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is a former director of iCI in New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 mini discs. Duration is 5 hr., 45 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.
Topic:
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.knowle10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-knowle10

Silverman, Gilbert

Collection Creator:
Hanson, Duane  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 56
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1988
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Duane Hanson papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Duane Hanson papers, 1935-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Hanson papers
Duane Hanson papers / Series 3: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-hansduan-ref194

Oral history interview with Alison Knowles, 2010 June 1-2

Interviewee:
Knowles, Alison, 1933-  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Albers, Josef  Search this
Brecht, George  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Chicago, Judy  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Gordon, Coco  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Hamilton, Richard  Search this
Hendricks, Jon  Search this
Higgins, Dick  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Jones, Joe  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Kuehn, Kathy  Search this
Lauf, Cornelia  Search this
Lindner, Richard  Search this
Maciunas, George  Search this
Mac Low, Jackson  Search this
Moorman, Charlotte  Search this
Ono, Yōko  Search this
Paik, Nam June  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Saito, Takako  Search this
Schapiro, Miriam  Search this
Schneemann, Carolee  Search this
Schöning, Klaus  Search this
Silverman, Gilbert  Search this
Shiomi, Mieko  Search this
Spoerri, Daniel  Search this
Tenney, James  Search this
Teitelbaum, Richard  Search this
Waśko, Ryszard  Search this
California Institute of the Arts  Search this
Middlebury College  Search this
Pratt Institute. Art School  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15822
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)290220
AAA_collcode_knowle10
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_290220

Instruction paintings / Yoko Ono

Title:
Yoko Ono: instruction paintings
Author:
Ono, Yōko  Search this
Maciunas, George 1931-1978  Search this
Silverman, Gilbert  Search this
Silverman, Lila  Search this
AG Gallery (New York)  Search this
Subject:
Ono, Yōko  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Pictorial works
Texts
Specimens
Artists' books (books)
Smithsonian Libraries artists' books
Date:
1995
Topic:
Conceptual art  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_990151

Undervejs : 222 tegninger fra Picasso til Yoko Ono : the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Collection, Detroit : Louisiana Museum for moderne kunst, 10.08-04.11 2001 / Jon Hendriks & Gunnar B. Kvaran ; introduksjon av Jan van der Marck

Author:
Hendricks, Jon  Search this
Kvaran, Gunnar B  Search this
Louisiana (Museum : Humlebæk, Denmark)  Search this
Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection  Search this
Subject:
Silverman, Gilbert Art collections  Search this
Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection  Search this
Physical description:
180 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2001
C2001
20th century
Topic:
Artists' preparatory studies  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_821200

Instruction drawings : the Gilbert and Lila Silverman collection : [exhibition] Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, September 20-November 1, 1981

Title:
Gilbert and Lila Silverman collection
Author:
Silverman, Gilbert  Search this
Silverman, Lila  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Silverman, Gilbert Art collections Exhibitions  Search this
Silverman, Lila Art collections Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
70 p. : chiefly ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1981
[1981?]
20th century
Topic:
Artists' preparatory studies--Private collections--Exhibitions  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
NC31.S58 I59 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_512155

The Gilbert and Lila Silverman collection : [exhibition] Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, September 20-November 1, 1981

Author:
Silverman, Gilbert  Search this
Silverman, Lila  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Silverman, Gilbert Art collections Exhibitions  Search this
Silverman, Lila Art collections Exhibitions  Search this
Silverman, Gilbert Interviews  Search this
Silverman, Lila Interviews  Search this
Physical description:
68 p. : chiefly ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1981
[1981?]
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N5220.S578 C7 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_412893

Fluxus : selections from the Gilbert and Lila Silverman collection / Clive Phillpot and Jon Hendricks

Author:
Phillpot, Clive  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) Library  Search this
Subject:
Silverman, Gilbert Art collections  Search this
Silverman, Lila Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1988
20th century
Topic:
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)--History  Search this
Call number:
N6494.F55 P56 1988
N6494.F55P56 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_381187

Fluxus codex / [compiled by] Jon Hendricks ; with an introduction by Robert Pincus-Witten

Author:
Hendricks, Jon  Search this
Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection  Search this
Subject:
Silverman, Gilbert Art collections  Search this
Silverman, Lila Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
616 p. : ill. ; 24 x 29 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Exhibitions
Place:
Michigan
Detroit
Date:
1988
20th century
Topic:
Fluxus (Group of artists)  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)--History  Search this
Art--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
N6494.F55H4 1988X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_390230

Fluxus etc. : the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Collection : Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, September 20-November 1, 1981 / [catalogue editor, Jon Hendricks]

Author:
Hendricks, Jon  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Silverman, Gilbert Art collections  Search this
Silverman, Lila Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
410 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1981
C1981
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
NX458 .F64
NX458.F64
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_157274

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