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Oral history interview with Marek Cecula

Interviewee:
Cecula, Marek, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Barneys New York  Search this
Garth Clark Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Search this
Kunst- og designhögskolen i Bergen  Search this
Memphis (Group)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Parsons School of Design -- Faculty  Search this
Tiffany and Company  Search this
Cecula, Lanie  Search this
De Waal, Edmund  Search this
Earl, Jack  Search this
Koplos, Janet  Search this
Kottler, Howard, 1930-1989  Search this
Mayer, Jean  Search this
Nagle, Ron  Search this
Ogen, Gdula, 1929-  Search this
Price, Kenneth, 1935-2012  Search this
Shire, Peter  Search this
Spurey, Gerda  Search this
Spurey, Kurt, 1941-  Search this
Veiteberg, Jorunn, 1955-  Search this
Extent:
104 Pages (Transcript)
10 Items (Sound recording: 10 sound files (4 hr., 55 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Brazil -- Description and Travel
Israel -- Description and Travel
Poland -- description and travel
SoHo (New York, N.Y.) -- Description and Travel
Date:
2009 May 19-20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Marek Cecula conducted 2009 May 19-20, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Cecula's studio, in New York, New York.
Marek Cecula speaks of his childhood in Kielce, Poland, during World War II; his move to Israel at age 16; studies with ceramists Gdula Ogen and Jean Mayer; the influence of Japanese ceramics on his early studies; life on the kibbutz HaSolelim in the late 1960s and early 1970s; the influence of Kurt and Gerda Spurey and their use of porcelain and slip-casting; his work in both functional and sculptural ceramics; his move to Tel Aviv in early 1970s, then to a commune in Binyamina in 1971; his move to Curitiba, Brazil, and subsequent work with Schmidt porcelain factory; "Art Project 79" exhibition, La Jola, Curitiba, Brazil, 1979; his move to Washington, D.C., with girlfriend (later wife) Lanie in 1976; Klepisko (2008); the cyclical nature in his work; move to New York City in late 1970s; the Soho arts scene in the 1970s and '80s; his work blending design and sculpture; establishing Contemporary Porcelain gallery, 1978; interest in work by Memphis Group, Peter Shire, Jack Earl, Ken Price, and Ron Nagle; head of ceramics department, at Parsons School of Design, New York City (1985-2004); continued design and production work, including for Tiffany & Co. and Barneys New York; establishment of Modus Design firm; continued exploration of industrial processes and use of decals in his work; influence of Howard Kottler; his quest to balance digital and handmade processes, and the continued importance of the tactile; "Scatology" exhibition; series Hygiene, his first purely sculptural series; Porcelain Carpet; representation at Garth Clark Gallery (New York City, Los Angeles, and Kansas City, Missouri); series Violations; series Mutants; series Industrial Interference; "Interface" exhibition (2002), in response to terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001; Look Into My Mind; The Stand For the Heroes, 2001; series Beauty of Imperfection; move to Poland in early 2000s; a teaching/artistic position at Bergen National Academy of Arts, Norway; establishment of Design Centrum Kielce in late 2000s; Menorah, 2007, Kielce (site-specific); Six Stations, 2007, Porsgrunn, Norway (site-specific); future projects for the city of Kielce; work with the Łódź Design Festival, Poland, and design center in Cieszyn, Poland; "kilo of earth" product; Last Supper; Mandala; Islam; limitations and advantages of ceramics as a medium; his globalized, multicultural experiences and outlook; the European vanguard in ceramics; periodicals and publications of interest; writers of interest: Edmund de Waal, Jorunn Veiteberg, Janet Koplos; the "desire society"; curating Third Biennale for Israeli Ceramics, 2004; fusion art, craft, and design; "Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics," Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 2008; redefinition of the concept of the object.
Biographical / Historical:
Marek Cecula (1944- ) is a ceramist and designer, who lives and works in New York and Poland.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 55 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:
For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.
Occupation:
Ceramicists  Search this
Topic:
Ceramicists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Ceramics -- Japan  Search this
Ceramics -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ceramics -- Technique  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Kibbutzim  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.cecula09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e05d630a-38d3-4e7f-81a8-6ad7f55a5d9b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cecula09
Online Media:

Rooms with a view : women's art in Norway, 1880-1990

Author:
Veiteberg, Jorunn 1955-  Search this
Norway Kgl. Utenriksdepartement  Search this
Physical description:
53 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Norway
Date:
1989
C1989]
20th century
Topic:
Art, Norwegian  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Call number:
N7068 .R66 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_644422

To whom it may concern : Marianne Heske / forfattar og redaktør, Jorunn Veiteberg

Author:
Veiteberg, Jorunn 1955-  Search this
Heske, Marianne 1946-  Search this
Museet for samtidskunst (Norway)  Search this
Subject:
Heske, Marianne 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
160 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibition
Date:
2002
C2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_675086

Konrad Mehus : Form følgjer fiksjon : smykke og objekt = Form follows fiction : jewellery and objects / Jorunn Veiteberg (ed.) ; texts by Jorunn Veiteberg, Ola Enstad, Arnhild Skre

Title:
Konrad Mehus : Form follows fiction : jewellery and objects
Form følgjer fiksjon : smykke og objekt
Form follows fiction : jewellery and objects
Author:
Mehus, Konrad 1941-  Search this
Enstad, Ola  Search this
Veiteberg, Jorunn 1955-  Search this
Skre, Arnhild 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Mehus, Konrad 1941-  Search this
Mehus, Konrad 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
208 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. port. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Interviews
Place:
Norway
Date:
2012
C2012
Topic:
Artist-designed jewelry  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1008671

Léopold L. Foulem : singularités = Singularities / [commissariat et direction du projet, Paul Bourassa ; auteurs invités, Garth Clark et Jorunn Veiteberg ; traduction française, Nathalie de Blois ; révision et traduction anglaise, Timothy Barnard]

Title:
Singularités
Singularities
Author:
Bourassa, Paul 1958-  Search this
Clark, Garth 1947-  Search this
Veiteberg, Jorunn 1955-  Search this
De Blois, Nathalie  Search this
Barnard, Tim  Search this
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec  Search this
Subject:
Foulem, Léopold L  Search this
Physical description:
127 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Tentoonstellingscatalogi (vorm)
Place:
Québec (Province)
Date:
2013
20th century
Topic:
Ceramics  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1074615

Udstillingssted for ny keramik / [authors, Jorunn Veiteberg, Erik Steffensen]

Title:
Ny keramik
New ceramics
Author:
Veiteberg, Jorunn 1955-  Search this
Steffensen, Erik  Search this
Udstillingssted for ny keramik  Search this
Subject:
Udstillingssted for ny keramik  Search this
Physical description:
68 p. : col. ill. ; 23 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
C2002
21st century
Topic:
Pottery, Danish  Search this
Ceramic sculpture, Danish  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_906519

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