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Oral history interview with Lyle Ashton Harris

Interviewee:
Harris, Lyle Ashton, 1965-  Search this
Interviewer:
Fialho, Alex, 1989-  Search this
Names:
American Academy in Rome -- Students  Search this
California Institute of the Arts -- Students  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) -- Students  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Baker, Houston A., Jr., 1943-  Search this
Barton, Nancy, (Artist)  Search this
Basquiat, Jean-Michel, 1960-1988  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H.  Search this
Carby, Hazel V.  Search this
Collier, Jim  Search this
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.  Search this
Geer, Tommy  Search this
Goldin, Nan, 1953-  Search this
Gonzalez-Torres, Felix, 1957-1996  Search this
Gray, Todd, 1954-  Search this
Grayson, John, 1943-  Search this
Hemphill, Essex  Search this
Julien, Isaac  Search this
Lord, Catherine, 1949-  Search this
Mapplethorpe, Robert  Search this
Mays, Vickie M.  Search this
O'Dench, Ellen  Search this
O'Meally, Jackie  Search this
O'Meally, Robert G., 1948-  Search this
Riggs, Marlon T.  Search this
Seeley, J.  Search this
Sekula, Allan  Search this
Tate, Greg  Search this
Tilton, Jack  Search this
Watson, Simon  Search this
Wilson, Millie  Search this
Woodman, Francesca, 1958-1981  Search this
Extent:
6 Items (Sound recording: 6 sound files (8 hr., 6 min.), digital, wav)
95 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
England -- London -- Description and Travel
Ghana -- Description and Travel
Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- Description and Travel
New York (N.Y.) -- Description and Travel
Tanzania -- Description and Travel
Date:
2017 March 27-29
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Lyle Ashton Harris, conducted 2017 March 27 and 29, by Alex Fialho, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at Harris's studio and home in New York, New York.
Harris speaks of his childhood in the Bronx; his family's influence on his race-consciousness; living in Tanzania for two years as a child and the effects on his understanding of race and sexuality; his grandfather's extensive photographic archive; contact with the South African diaspora through his step-father; attending Wesleyan University; formative experiences in London, Amsterdam, and New York in the mid-1980s; his education and development as a photographer; attending CalArts and encountering West Coast AIDS activism; encountering systemic racism in Los Angeles; close friendships with Marlon Riggs and Essex Hemphill; exhibitions of his work in New York in the early 1990s; the production of his Ektachrome Archive and his impulse to photograph daily life; his work on the Black Community AIDS Research and Education (Black C.A.R.E.) project in Los Angeles; participating in the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program; being diagnosed with HIV and remaining asymptomatic; attending the Dia Black Popular Culture Conference in 1992; photographing and mounting "The Good Life" in 1994 and "The Watering Hole" in 1996; issues of blackness and queerness in his photographic work; his residency at the American Academy in Rome in 2000; moving to Accra, Ghana for seven years in 2005; his pedagogy as an art professor; his thoughts on the lack of voices of color in the Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic Oral History Project and in the larger power structures of the art world; and his hope that his artistic legacy will be evaluated in its proper context. Harris also recalls Jackie and Robert O'Meally, Jay Seeley, Ellen O'Dench, Francesca Woodman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jim Collier, Robert Mapplethorpe, Allan Sekula, Hazel Carby, Isaac Julien, Catherine Lord, Millie Wilson, Todd Gray, John Grayson, Tommy Gear, Marlon Riggs, Essex Hemphill, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Nancy Barton, Vickie Mays, Connie Butler, Greg Tate, Henry Louis Gates, Houston Baker, Nan Goldin, Jack Tilton, Simon Watson, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Lyle Ashton Harris (1965- ) is an artist who works in video, photography, and performance in New York, New York. Alex Fialho (1989- ) is a curator and arts writer and works as Programs Director for Visual AIDS in New York, New York.
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.
Occupation:
Performance artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Video artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
AIDS activists  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Racism  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Gay artists  Search this
African American art -- African influences  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American photographers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.harris17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9559d7597-04b4-4644-b6ae-bca2bdb27f88
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-harris17
Online Media:

Curators' Annual Reports

Extent:
49 cu. ft. (98 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1881-1964
Descriptive Entry:
The administration of the United States National Museum required curators to submit regular reports on the activities of the departments, divisions, and sections. Prior to about 1900 these reports were often made monthly and semiannually as well as annually. The reports were traditionally submitted to the Director of the National Museum to be used in preparing the published Annual Report of the United States National Museum. The individual reports, however, were not reproduced in their entirety in the published Annual Report and generally contain more information than is to be found in the published version.

Reports were stored by the Office of Correspondence and Reports (later known as the Office of Correspondence and Documents), and then by the Office of the Registrar.

Includes reports submitted to the Director of the United States National Museum by curators and administrators.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 158, United States National Museum, Curators' Annual Reports
Identifier:
Record Unit 158
See more items in:
Curators' Annual Reports
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0158

Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Davison Art Center

Collection Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co  Search this
Container:
Box 118, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1956-1957
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records / Series 1: Correspondence / 1.4: Museum Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9363b1f6e-a23f-485c-9190-b5c88afc8795
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-jacqself-ref11920
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Hubert Baker Goodrich (1887-1963)

Subject:
Goodrich, Hubert Baker 1887-1963  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Zoology  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-1969]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_384247

Walter Guyton Cady (1874-1974)

Creator:
White Studio (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Cady, Walter G (Walter Guyton) 1874-1974  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)  Search this
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Physics  Search this
Piezoelectricity  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0253]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_290465

Morris Barker Crawford (1852-1940)

Creator:
Pach Brothers  Search this
Subject:
Crawford, Morris Barker 1852-1940  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)  Search this
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Physics  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0697]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_296533

Charles Hubbard Judd (1873-1946)

Subject:
Judd, Charles Hubbard 1873-1946  Search this
Scopes, John Thomas Trials, litigation, etc  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)  Search this
University of Leipzig  Search this
Yale University  Search this
University of Chicago  Search this
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Psychology  Search this
Evolution  Search this
Creationism  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-4535]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_306302

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery [Folder]

Additional name:
Zilkha Gallery?  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.). ?Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery?  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:
Middletown (Conn.)
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_108838

Minnie Evans exhibition at Wesleyan

Subject:
Evans, Minnie  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1977 October
Citation:
Minnie Evans exhibition at Wesleyan, 1977 October. Nina Howell Starr papers, circa 1933-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Pottery  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10591
See more items in:
Nina Howell Starr papers, circa 1933-1996
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10591

Minnie Evans exhibition at Wesleyan

Photographer:
Starr, Nina Howell, 1903-2000  Search this
Subject:
Evans, Minnie  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1977 October
Citation:
Nina Howell Starr. Minnie Evans exhibition at Wesleyan, 1977 October. Nina Howell Starr papers, circa 1933-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Pottery  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10592
See more items in:
Nina Howell Starr papers, circa 1933-1996
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10592

Flyer advertising Anni Albers' book On Weaving

Creator:
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.). Press  Search this
Subject:
Albers, Anni  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
circa 1965
Citation:
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.). Press. Flyer advertising Anni Albers' book On Weaving, circa 1965. Anni Albers papers, 1924-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14190
See more items in:
Anni Albers papers, 1924-1969
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14190
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Jeffrey Deitch, 2006 May 15

Interviewee:
Deitch, Jeffrey, 1950-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Acconci, Vito  Search this
Andre, Carl  Search this
Beecroft, Vanessa  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Dwan, Virginia  Search this
Halley, Peter  Search this
Haring, Keith  Search this
Koons, Jeff  Search this
Panza, Giuseppe  Search this
Pretto, Julian  Search this
Ray, Charles  Search this
Harvard Business School  Search this
John Weber Gallery  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Jeffrey Deitch, 2006 May 15. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13556
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)258750
AAA_collcode_deitch06
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_258750
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Lyle Ashton Harris, 2017 March 27-29

Interviewee:
Harris, Lyle Ashton, 1965-  Search this
Interviewer:
Fialho, Alex, 1989-  Search this
Subject:
Baker, Houston A., Jr.  Search this
Barton, Nancy, (Artist)  Search this
Basquiat, Jean-Michel  Search this
Butler, Cornelia H.  Search this
Carby, Hazel V.  Search this
Collier, Jim  Search this
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.  Search this
Geer, Tommy  Search this
Goldin, Nan  Search this
Gonzalez-Torres, Felix  Search this
Gray, Todd  Search this
Grayson, John  Search this
Hemphill, Essex  Search this
Julien, Isaac  Search this
Lord, Catherine  Search this
Mapplethorpe, Robert  Search this
Mays, Vickie M.  Search this
O'Dench, Ellen  Search this
O'Meally, Jackie  Search this
O'Meally, Robert G.  Search this
Riggs, Marlon T.  Search this
Seeley, J.  Search this
Sekula, Allan  Search this
Tate, Greg  Search this
Tilton, Jack  Search this
Watson, Simon  Search this
Wilson, Millie  Search this
Woodman, Francesca  Search this
American Academy in Rome  Search this
California Institute of the Arts  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
England -- London -- Description and travel
Ghana -- Description and travel
Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- Description and travel
New York (N.Y.) -- Description and travel
Tanzania -- Description and travel
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Lyle Ashton Harris, 2017 March 27-29. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
AIDS activists  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Racism  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Artists (LGBTQ)  Search this
Gay artists  Search this
African American art -- African influences  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American photographers  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17456
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)387759
AAA_collcode_harris17
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_387759
Online Media:

When the Eiffel Tower was new : French visions of progress at the Centennial of the Revolution / Miriam R. Levin ; with an introduction by Gabriel P. Weisberg

Author:
Levin, Miriam R  Search this
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum  Search this
Davison Art Center  Search this
MIT Museum  Search this
Subject:
Exposition universelle de 1889 (Paris, France)  Search this
Exposition universelle internationale de 1900 (Paris, France)  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 120 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
France
Date:
1989
[1989?]
19th century
Revolution, 1789-1799
Topic:
Tour Eiffel (Paris, France)  Search this
Technological innovations--History  Search this
Art nouveau  Search this
History  Search this
Anniversaries, etc  Search this
Call number:
DC715 .L473 1989X
DC715.L473 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_391737

Women of the World War One poster / Peter Conrad Frank

Author:
Frank, Peter Conrad  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) Center for the Arts  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Posters
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1981
[1981]
Topic:
Posters--Exhibitions  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Women and war--Exhibitions  Search this
Women in art  Search this
Call number:
D522.25 .F82 1981
D522.25.F82 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_390640

The Orixás : Afro-Brazilian paintings and text / by Abdías do Nascimento ; [text translated by Stephen Scheibe]

Author:
Nascimento, Abdias do 1914-  Search this
Scheibe, Stephen  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) Malcom X House (Afro-American Institute)  Search this
Physical description:
[34] p. : ill., port. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
[1969]
Topic:
Gods, Umbanda  Search this
Umbanda (Cult) in art  Search this
Call number:
BL2592.U515 G6o 1969
BL2592.U515G6o 1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_418272

Oral history interview with Jeffrey Deitch

Interviewee:
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Creator:
McElhinney, James Lancel, 1952-  Search this
Names:
Harvard Business School -- Students  Search this
John Weber Gallery  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) -- Students  Search this
Acconci, Vito, 1940-  Search this
Andre, Carl, 1935-  Search this
Beecroft, Vanessa  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Dwan, Virginia  Search this
Halley, Peter  Search this
Haring, Keith  Search this
Koons, Jeff  Search this
Panza, Giuseppe  Search this
Pretto, Julian  Search this
Ray, Charles  Search this
Extent:
33 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2006 May 15
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Jeffrey Deitch conducted 2006 May 15, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art, at Deitch Projects on Grand Street, in the SoHo neighborhood of New York, New York. Deitch discusses his childhood in Hartford, Connecticut; growing up in a family business; his experience as an exchange student in France and Japan during his teenage years; his education in economics and art history at Wesleyan University; the opening of his own local art gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts; his move to New York and his first job at the John Weber gallery as a secretary; curating an exhibition called "Lives" which described how artists use their lives as an art medium; attending Harvard Business School; moving back to New York and starting an art advisory program for Citibank in 1979; his travels to Asia; his first New York gallery opening with artists Peter Halley and Charles Ray; opening Deitch Projects in 1996; the administration of the gallery, including investing in an archivist, a financial manager, and a press liaison; incorporating popular musical acts into shows, attesting to his belief in diversity in the arts; his view of gallery publicity and criticism; art fairs versus traditional art galleries; discussion of works of art such as Tu M' (1918) by Marcel Duchamp and Edouard Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergere (1881-82); and art education evolving into a more professional field. Deitch also recalls John Weber, Carl Andre, John Cage, Vito Acconci, Jeff Koons, Julian Pretto, Vanessa Beecroft, Virginia Dwan, Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, Keith Haring, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Jeffrey Deitch (1950- ) is an art dealer from New York, New York. James McElhinney (1952- ) is a painter and educator from New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 12 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.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.deitch06
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b3065b51-03ed-4a5a-af29-9b4fcfbd3a92
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-deitch06
Online Media:

The birth-time of the world : and other scientific essays / by J. Joly

Author:
Joly, John 1857-1933  Search this
David H. DeVorkin Collection (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries) DSI  Search this
Former owner:
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 306, [2] p., XXVIII leaves of plates (4 folded) : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Popular works
Date:
1915
[1915]
Topic:
Science  Search this
Call number:
Q171 .J65 1915
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_805379

Tables écliptiques des satellites de Jupiter : d'après la théorie de m. le marquis de La place, et la totalité des observations faites depuis 1662 jusqu'à l'an 1802 / par M. Delambre ..

Author:
Delambre, J. B. J (Jean Baptiste Joseph) 1749-1822  Search this
Laplace, Pierre Simon marquis de 1749-1827  Search this
Former owmner:
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) Library DSI  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[2], lviij, [130] p. ; 26 cm. (4to)
Type:
Books
Place:
Jupiter (Planet)
Date:
1817
Topic:
Satellites  Search this
Tables  Search this
Call number:
QB404 .D33 1817
QB404.D33 1817
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_323261

The sun : ruler, fire, light, and life of the planetary system / by Richard A. Proctor ; with ten lithographic plates (seven-coloured) and one hundred and seven drawings on wood

Author:
Proctor, Richard A (Richard Anthony) 1837-1888  Search this
David H. DeVorkin Collection (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries) DSI  Search this
Former owner:
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 480 p., [11] leaves of plates (1 folded) : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sun
Venus (Planet)
Date:
1871
Topic:
Eclipses  Search this
Transit  Search this
Call number:
QB521 .P77 1871
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_809209

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