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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

Daniel Spoerri Karneval der Tiere : Menschliche Abbildungen verglichen mit solchen von Tieren ; Objektassemblagen auf Zeichnungen von Charles Le Brun, 1670

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Kasseler Kunstverein  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
[8] pages, [26] leaves of plates : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_759258

Daniel Spoerri : Meliora latent / a cura di Mauro Civai e Jade Vlietstra

Title:
Meliora latent
Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Civai, Mauro  Search this
Vlietstra, Jade  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
71 p. : ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Siena (Italy)
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
In art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_896020

Anekdotomania : Daniel Spoerri über Daniel Spoerri

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Museum Jean Tinguely Basel  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
303 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2001
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_702011

Daniel Spoerri : mostra personale, 16-30 marzo 1961 [alla] Galleria Schwarz / [testo di Alain Jouffroy]

Title:
Daniel Spoerri : 16-30 marzo 1961: mostra personale
Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Jouffroy, Alain 1928-  Search this
Galleria Schwarz  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill., port. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1961
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 1961
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_702612

Daniel Spoerri : mostra personale dal 10 aprile al 3 maggio 1963 alla Galleria Schwarz di Milano / [testo di Pierre Restany]

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Restany, Pierre  Search this
Galleria Schwarz  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1963
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_702613

Daniel Spoerri : la chambre no. 13, Hotel Carcassonne ; sowie Beispiele aus den Serien 1989-2001 / [Ingeborg Henze-Ketterer, Wolfgang Henze, Günther Ketterer]

Title:
Chambre no. 13 Hotel Carcassonne
Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Galerie Henze & Ketterer  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
79 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), port. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_739932

Heilrituale an bretonischen Quellen / Marie-Louise Plessen, Daniel Spoerri

Author:
Plessen, Marie-Louise von  Search this
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
491 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. + 1 map
Type:
Folklore
Place:
France
Brittany
Date:
1977
1977?
Topic:
Springs  Search this
Springs--Religious aspects  Search this
Healing  Search this
Healing--Religious aspects  Search this
Call number:
GR690 .P54 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_755115

Daniel Spoerri : coincidence as master = le hasard comme maître = der Zufall als Meister = il caso come maestro

Title:
Coincidence as master
Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
151 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_771570

Daniel Spoerri : détrompe-l'œil / [texts by Freddy De Vree ; translators, Freddy De Vree and Pia Nkoduga]

Title:
Détrompe-l'œil
Modifications
Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Vree, Freddy de  Search this
Velde, J. van de  Search this
Velde, R. van de  Search this
Ronny Van de Velde (Gallery : Antwerp, Belgium)  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_621237

Daniel Spoerri : bronzi, maggio-giugno 1986 / Henry Martin

Author:
Martin, Henry 1942-  Search this
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Galleria d'arte Niccoli  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
109 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
[1986]
Call number:
N6853.S6 M37
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635865

Le musée sentimental : [exposition, Paris, Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, 1er juin - 31 août 1977] : [catalogue] / [sur une idée de Daniel Spoerri] ; [réd: Marie Louise Plessen, Patrice Bachelard et Daniel Abadie]

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Abadie, Daniel  Search this
Bachelard, Patrice  Search this
Plessen, Marie-Louise von  Search this
Musée national d'art moderne (France)  Search this
Centre Georges Pompidou  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1977
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_637749

Daniel Spoerri & eine Projektgruppe der Akademie der Bildenden Künste, München: der grösste Teil geht verloren ; [Ausstellung im] Kunstverein München, 18. Juli - 24. Aug. 1986 / Kunstverein München

Title:
Periit pars maxima
Author:
Felix, Zdenek  Search this
Kunstverein München  Search this
Akademie der Bildenden Künste München  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
102 S : zahlr. Ill
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639202

Daniel Spoerri : background landscapes / [essay by Leslie Tonkonow]

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Zabriskie Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
15 p. : col ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
C1991
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_640586

Avanguardia '60 : Baj, Rotella, Spoerri

Author:
Baj, Enrico 1924-2003  Search this
Rotella, Mimmo 1918-2006  Search this
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Studio Marconi (Milan, Italy)  Search this
Subject:
Baj, Enrico 1924-2003  Search this
Rotella, Mimmo 1918-2006  Search this
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
[1990], c1989
20th century
Topic:
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)--History  Search this
Call number:
N6923.B25 A4 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_640933

Daniel Spoerri : Musée Picasso, Antibes, 8 juin-10 septembre 1990 / [exposition et catalogue de Danièle Giraudy, assistée de Danièle Bourgois]

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
68 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
[1990]
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 1990a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_643347

Wenn alle Künste untergehn, die edle Kochkunst bleibt bestehn

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Amsterdam (Netherlands) Stedelijk Museum  Search this
Physical description:
44 p. illus. 28cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
1971]
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 1971a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_646041

Maler, Bildhauer : painter, sculptor

Title:
Painter, sculptor
Author:
Alberola, Jean-Michel 1953-  Search this
Castelli, Luciano 1951-  Search this
Fetting, Rainer 1949-  Search this
Heidacker, Stephanus 1959-  Search this
Hödicke, K. H (Karl Horst) 1938-  Search this
Lüpertz, Markus  Search this
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Tatafiore, Ernesto 1943-  Search this
Tracy, Michael 1943-  Search this
Gognee, Philippe 1957-  Search this
Raab Galerie  Search this
Raab Gallery (London, England)  Search this
Physical description:
49 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Germany
Date:
1991
Topic:
Painting  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Call number:
N6490 .M35 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_646713

Corps en morceaux / Daniel Spoerri

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Raab Galerie  Search this
Raab Gallery (London, England)  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
54 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
Call number:
N6853.S6 A4 1991a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_647342

Daniel Spoerri

Author:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Centre national d'art contemporain (Paris, France)  Search this
Subject:
Spoerri, Daniel 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
95, [1] p. illus. 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1972
1972]
Call number:
N6853.S6 C44
N40.1.S76C3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_648697

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