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Oral history interview with Sam Gilliam

Interviewee:
Gilliam, Sam, 1933-2022  Search this
Interviewer:
Forgey, Benjamin  Search this
Names:
Coalition of Washington Artists  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
District of Columbia Arts Center, Inc.  Search this
Jefferson Place Gallery  Search this
Washington Gallery of Modern Art (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Downing, Thomas, 1928-1985  Search this
Hopps, Walter  Search this
Krebs, Rockne, 1938-2011  Search this
Extent:
4 Items (Sound recording, sound cassettes)
54 Pages (Transcript)
4 Items (Sound recording, sound cassettes)
54 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1989 Nov. 4-11
1989 Nov. 4-11
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Sam Gilliam conducted 1989 Nov. 4-11, by Ben Forgey for the Archives of American Art. Gilliam speaks of his decision to come to Washington, D.C., from Louisville, Ky.; his shift from figurative painting to abstract painting; meeting Washington painters Robert Gates and Tom Downing; the "stature" of Tom Downing in the Washington art scene in the 1960s and Walter Hopps' role; influential exhibitions at the Jefferson Place Gallery and the Washington Gallery of Modern Art; being a Washington artist and a black artist; artist/teachers at American University; the Johnson Avenue Workshop grant; his relationship with Rockne Krebs; the history of the Washington Coalition of Artists; the Corcoran Gallery and the Washington Project for the Arts' relationship to Washington artists; his involvement with the District of Columbia Art Center; teaching; and his working methods. Gilliam also discusses various paintings, processes, materials, ideas and experiments at length. He recalls Gene Davis, Howard Mehring, Ken Noland, Morris Louis, Nesta Dorrance, Alma Thomas, Lou Stovall, Al Nodal, Jock Reynolds, Michael Botwinick, Willem de Looper, Paul Reed, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Sam Gilliam (1933-2022) was a painter in Washington, D.C.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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 others.
Occupation:
Painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
African American artists  Search this
African American painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.gillia89
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91401a0dd-4bc8-462b-b67b-53a0d0eb38cb
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gillia89
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Philip Brookman papers, 1977-1993

Creator:
Brookman, Philip, 1953-  Search this
Subject:
Avalos, David  Search this
Hock, Louis  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery  Search this
Citation:
Philip Brookman papers, 1977-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Mexican American art  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Chicano art  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5442
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)220209
AAA_collcode_broophil
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_220209
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Tom L. Freudenheim papers, circa 1970-1990

Creator:
Freudenheim, Tom L., 1937-  Search this
Subject:
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Worcester Art Museum  Search this
National Endowment for the Arts  Search this
American Arts Alliance  Search this
Textile Museum (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Baltimore Museum of Art  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
American Association of Museums  Search this
Citation:
Tom L. Freudenheim papers, circa 1970-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Theme:
Art organizations  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13614
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)270755
AAA_collcode_freutom
Theme:
Art organizations
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_270755

Kevin MacDonald papers, 1958-2006

Creator:
MacDonald, Kevin John, 1946-2006  Search this
Subject:
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Notebooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Kevin MacDonald papers, 1958-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Printmakers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16082
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)360859
AAA_collcode_macdkevi
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_360859
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Oral history interview with Sam Gilliam, 1989 Nov. 4-11

Interviewee:
Gilliam, Sam, 1933-2022  Search this
Interviewer:
Forgey, Benjamin F., 1938-  Search this
Subject:
Downing, Thomas  Search this
Hopps, Walter  Search this
Krebs, Rockne  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
District of Columbia Arts Center, Inc.  Search this
Jefferson Place Gallery  Search this
Coalition of Washington Artists  Search this
Washington Gallery of Modern Art (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Sam Gilliam, 1989 Nov. 4-11. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
African American artists  Search this
African American painters  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11472
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213260
AAA_collcode_gillia89
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213260
Online Media:

Washington Project for the Arts records

Creator:
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Extent:
39 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[ca. 1975-1990.]
Scope and Contents:
By-laws, notes and minutes of board meetings; correspondence files; administrative records; exhibitions and other program files; clippings, press releases, exhibition catalogs and announcements, and other printed material; and miscellany. Included are 8 ft. of records related to the exhibition, "War and Memory: in the Aftermath of Vietnam."
Biographical / Historical:
Visual and performing art organization; Washington, D.C. Opened in 1975.
Provenance:
Donated by the Washington Project for the Arts via Program Director Richard Powell, 1988. "War and Memory" records donated 1991 by the WPA via Philip Brookman.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Function:
Arts organizations -- Washington (D.C.)
Identifier:
AAA.washproj
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96874862c-67c9-4082-9ca1-74ff98382532
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-washproj

Unwinding the Vietnam War from war into peace edited for Washington Project for the Arts by Reese Williams

Author:
Williams, Reese  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
448 pages illustrations 24 cm
Type:
Literary collections
Art
Literature
Place:
USA
Date:
1987
20th century
Topic:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975  Search this
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Influence  Search this
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements  Search this
Peace  Search this
American literature  Search this
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)  Search this
Protest movements  Search this
Vietnamkrieg  Search this
Auswirkung  Search this
Aufsatzsammlung  Search this
Call number:
PS509.V53 U58 1987X
PS509.V53U58 1987X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_427555

Sonorous figures by Laurie Sieverts Snyder, 1994 ; in response to E.F.F. Chladni, Entdeckungen über die Theorie des Klanges, 1787

Author:
Snyder, Laurie Sieverts  Search this
Author:
Chladni, Ernst Florens Friedrich 1756-1827 Entdeckungen über die Theorie des Klanges  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Science and the Artist's Book (Exhibition)  Search this
Physical description:
[14] leaves all illustrations 20 cm
Type:
Books
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Specimens
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
20th century
Topic:
Sound in art  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N7433.4.S6 S66 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_510018

A hypothetical analysis of the twinkle in stars (as told by a child to a teacher)

Author:
Ng, Katherine  Search this
Author:
Record, Robert 1510?-1558 Castle of knowledge  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Science and the Artist's Book (Exhibition)  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet 9 cm. in box 15 x 15 cm
Type:
Books
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Place:
United States
California
Date:
1994
20th century
Topic:
Toy and movable books  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N7433.4.N4 H97 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_528342

Elements of geometry by Euclid by Sjoerd Hofstra

Author:
Hofstra, Sjoerd  Search this
Author:
Euclid Elements  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Science and the Artist's Book (Exhibition)  Search this
Physical description:
[21] pages illustrations (some color) 31 cm
Type:
Books
Signed limited editions
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Double leaves
Leather quarter bindings
Numbered limited editions
Pop-up books
Slipcases
Place:
Netherlands
Date:
1994
Topic:
Toy and movable books  Search this
Call number:
N7433.4.H6 E54 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_528343

Elektromagnetism [by Philip Zimmermann]

Author:
Zimmermann, Philip  Search this
Author:
Gilbert, William 1544-1603 De magnete  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Space Heater Editions  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Science and the Artist's Book (Exhibition)  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (unpaged) chiefly illustrations 14 x 41 cm
Type:
Books
Accordion fold format (Binding)
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Place:
United States
Date:
1995
20th century
Topic:
Electromagnetism in art  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N7433.4.Z56 E4 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_528354

Bird wing & plain planes by John Wood, 1994 ; in wonder of Orville & Wilbur Wright and their early experiments in glider flight, 1902

Title:
Bird wing and plain planes
Author:
Wood, John 1922-  Search this
Author:
Wright, Wilbur 1867-1912 Experiments and observations in soaring flight  Search this
Wright, Wilbur 1867-1912 Some aeronautical experiments  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Science and the Artist's Book (Exhibition)  Search this
Physical description:
2 volume chiefly illustrations (some color) 23 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Specimens
Place:
Outer Banks (N.C.)
North Carolina
Outer Banks
United States
Date:
1994
20th century
Topic:
Flight in art  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N7433.4.W66 B5 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_528672

Plinitude [M.L. Van Nice]

Artist:
Van Nice, M. L., 1945-,-  Search this
Author:
Pliny the Elder Naturalis historia  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Science and the Artist's Book (Exhibition)  Search this
Physical description:
1 book object all illustrations 73 x 59 x 19 cm
Type:
Three-dimensional objects
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books (books)
Artists' books
Specimens
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
20th century
Topic:
Nature in art  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N7433.4.V36 A4 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_604731

Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.) [Folder]

Additional name:
Washington Project Arts  Search this
WPA  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_105717

"Politics of memory" panel discussion

Creator:
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1987 November 5
Citation:
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.). "Politics of memory" panel discussion, 1987 November 5. Washington Project for the Arts records, [ca. 1975-1990.]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Public sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12059
See more items in:
Washington Project for the Arts records, [ca. 1975-1990.]
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12059

"The Vietnam war and popular music" panel discussion

Creator:
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1987 November 14
Citation:
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.). "The Vietnam war and popular music" panel discussion, 1987 November 14. Washington Project for the Arts records, [ca. 1975-1990.]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Music  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12060
See more items in:
Washington Project for the Arts records, [ca. 1975-1990.]
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12060

Kevin MacDonald papers

Creator:
MacDonald, Kevin John, 1946-2006  Search this
Names:
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Extent:
8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Notebooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Date:
1958-2006
Summary:
The papers of Washington, D.C. painter and printmaker Kevin MacDonald measure 8 linear feet, and date from 1958-2006. The collection contains correspondence with friends and colleagues; journals, notebooks, and other writings; printed material; artwork by MacDonald and others; 29 sketchbooks; sound and video recordings; and home movies. Of note are several files regarding his work with the Washington Project for the Arts.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Washington, D.C. painter and printmaker Kevin MacDonald measure 8 linear feet, and date from 1958-2006. The collection contains correspondence with friends and colleagues; journals, notebooks, and other writings; printed material; artwork by MacDonald and others; 29 sketchbooks; sound and video recordings;, and home movies. Of note are several files regarding his work with the Washington Project for the Arts.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 8 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Correspondence, 1968-2006 (1.9 linear feet:; Boxes 1-2)

Series 2: Notebooks and Journals, 1968-2005 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 2-4)

Series 3: Writings, 1970s-1999 (0.3 linear feet; Box 4)

Series 4: Project Files, 1958-2005 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 4-5, 9)

Series 5: Printed Material, circa 1970-2004 (1.0 linear foot; Boxes 5-6, 9)

Series 6: Artwork, 1960s-2000s (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 6, 9)

Series 7: Sketchbooks, circa 1969-2006 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 6-7, 9)

Series 8: Sound Recordings and Moving Images, circa 1970s-1990s (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 7-8, FC 10-12)
Biographical / Historical:
Kevin MacDonald (1946-2006) was a painter and printmaker in Washington, D.C. He received a BFA from George Washington University in 1969, and also took courses at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. From 1967 to 1977 he worked at the Phillips Collection. After leaving the Phillips he worked full-time as an artist, taking an active role in the D.C. arts community. He was co-curator of "The Washington Show" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1986, and served on the Board of Directors for both the Washington Project for the Arts (1986-1992) and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (1991-1997). MacDonald regularly exhibited his work at the Lunn Gallery and David Adamson Gallery, and had artist residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (1995) and Oglebay Institute (1993). MacDonald also had an interest in music, and served as art director of a short-lived music fanzine called "Infiltrator." He was in Twisted Teenage Plot, a band organized by fellow artist Michael Clark, and worked with artist and musician Robin Rose on a collaboration called "Scriptronics." He lived most of his life in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of D.C., and was married to art consultant Robin Moore.
Provenance:
Donated in 2012 by Robin Moore, Kevin MacDonald's widow.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. research facility. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Printmakers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Notebooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Kevin MacDonald papers, 1958-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.macdkevi
See more items in:
Kevin MacDonald papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9125d416d-0cd8-4fcc-b358-e4123e684a1e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-macdkevi
Online Media:

The Blues aesthetic : black culture and modernism / Richard J. Powell ; with contributions by Dwight D. Andrews ... [et al. ; organized by the Washington Project for the Arts.]

Author:
Powell, Richard J. 1953-  Search this
Andrews, Dwight D  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
104 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1989
C1989
20th century
Topic:
Blues (Music)--History and criticism  Search this
African American art  Search this
Art, Black--Exhibitions  Search this
Music--Social aspects  Search this
African Americans--Social life and customs  Search this
Popular culture--History  Search this
Call number:
ML3521 .B65 1989
ML3521.B65 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_384131

James Lesesne Wells : sixty years in art / curated and organized by Richard Powell and Jock Reynolds

Author:
Powell, Richard J. 1953-  Search this
Wells, James Lesesne 1902-1993  Search this
Reynolds, Jock  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Subject:
Wells, James Lesesne 1902- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 58 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
C1986
Topic:
African American art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.W456 P8 1986
N40.1.W456P8 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_400491

Dream on : three contemporary artists working with myth : Mary Beth Edelson, Judy Jashinsky, Percy Martin / [Mel Watkin, curator]

Author:
Martin, Percy  Search this
Edelson, Mary Beth  Search this
Jashinsky, Judy  Search this
Watkin, Mel  Search this
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.)  Search this
Subject:
Edelson, Mary Beth  Search this
Jashinsky, Judy 1947-  Search this
Martin, Percy  Search this
Physical description:
3 brochures : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
[1989?]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_917922

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