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Oral history interview with Peter Cramer and Jack Waters

Interviewee:
Cramer, Peter Francis  Search this
Waters, Jack  Search this
Interviewer:
Kirwin, Liza  Search this
Creator:
Artist's Spaces Archives  Search this
Names:
ABC No Rio (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Artist's Spaces Archives  Search this
Collaborative Projects, Inc.  Search this
New York (N.Y.). Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development  Search this
Acierno, Lou  Search this
Gamper, Christa  Search this
George, Carl  Search this
Gonzalez-Torres, Felix, 1957-1996  Search this
Howland, Becky  Search this
Karlen, Joan  Search this
Keene, Michael  Search this
Kurtti, George  Search this
Moore, Alan  Search this
Schloss, Arlene  Search this
Smith, Kiki, 1954-  Search this
Taylor, Brad  Search this
Taylor, Brian  Search this
Extent:
73 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2007 September 6-October 9
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Peter Cramer and Jack Waters conducted 2007 September 6 and October 9, by Liza Kirwin, for the Archives of American Art, in conjunction with the Artists' Spaces Archives Project, at Allied Productions, Inc. Studio in New York, New York.
Cramer and Waters, former co-directors of ABC No Rio, speak of their family and educational backgrounds; dance studies; forming their own company POOL (Performance On One Leg) and their "umbrella" non-profit group Allied Productions; their performance "Seven Days of Creation" at ABC No Rio; "crisis management" of ABC No Rio's building at 156 Rivington Street; Colab [Collaborative Projects]; residents in the building including Bobby G and the Acosta family; programs located at ABC No Rio's including the Naked Eye Cinema, Open Mike, Z Club, hardcore Matinee (punk music), and others; seeking grants; incorporating as a non-profit organization; fostering a queer aesthetic; AIDS and the art community; ABC No Rio's traveling exhibitions and performances; gentrification on the Lower East Side; ongoing conflicts with New York City's Department of Housing, Preservation and Development (owner of the building); management of ABC No Rio's Board; community outreach; NEA funding and the "culture wars"; and the "burnout factor" of running ABC No Rio. They also recall Lou Acierno, Charas/El Bohio Cultural and Community Center, Christa Gamper, Carl George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Becky Howland, Joan Karlen, Michael Keane, George Kurtti, Alan Moore, The Pyramid Club, Arlene Schloss, Kiki Smith, Brad Taylor, Brian Taylor, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Peter Cramer is an interactivist artist from New York, New York. Jack Waters is a media artist from New York, New York. Liza Kirwin is the curator of manuscripts at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 22 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:
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Occupation:
Multimedia artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.cramer07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cramer07
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Oral history interview with Peter Cramer and Jack Waters, 2007 September 6-October 9

Interviewee:
Cramer, Peter Francis, 1963?-  Search this
Cramer, Peter Francis, 1963?-  Search this
Interviewer:
Waters, Jack, 1954-  Search this
Subject:
Gonzalez-Torres, Felix  Search this
Moore, Alan  Search this
Acierno, Lou  Search this
Gamper, Christa  Search this
George, Carl  Search this
Karlen, Joan  Search this
Howland, Becky  Search this
Keene, Michael  Search this
Kurtti, George  Search this
Schloss, Arlene  Search this
Smith, Kiki  Search this
Taylor, Brad  Search this
Taylor, Brian  Search this
Collaborative Projects, Inc.  Search this
ABC No Rio (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New York (N.Y.). Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development  Search this
Artist's Spaces Archives  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Theme:
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13659
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)273737
AAA_collcode_cramer07
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_273737
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