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Oral history interview with Jack Whitten

Interviewee:
Whitten, Jack, 1939-2018  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch  Search this
Extent:
130 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2009 December 1-3
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Jack Whitten conducted 2009 December 1 and 3, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art, at Whitten's studio, in Woodside, N.Y.
Whitten speaks of his childhood in Bessemer, Alabama; being an African-American in the segregated South; his time at the Tuskegee Institute and Southern University; his participation in a civil rights march; the influence of jazz; his time at Cooper Union in New York, the abstract expressionists of New York including Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and Phillip Guston; his teaching at Cooper Union and School of Visual Arts; his 9/11 experience and the memorial that it led him to create; how his work varies between his summers in Greece and his studio time in New York; movement of his work from figurative expressionism to process painting and experimentation and how it fits between form and meaning; the concepts of horizontality, non-relational abstraction, and third-wave modernism; the galleries of the Horodner Romley, Daniel Weinberg, Alexander Grey, Thomas Flor, and other spaces; Whitten also recalls Leo Amino, Bob Blackburn, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Wayne Theibaud, Bob Thompson and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Interviewee Jack Whitten (1939-2018) was an American abstract painter in Woodside, N.Y. Interviewer Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is former Executive director of iCI in New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 7 memory cards. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 25 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:
Painters -- New York (State)  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.whitte09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f56873f2-a091-42c9-8406-e722eecb8369
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-whitte09
Online Media:

Chakaia Booker papers

Creator:
Booker, Chakaia, 1953-  Search this
Names:
Whitten, Jack, 1939-2018  Search this
Extent:
2.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1981-2018
bulk 1994-2010
Summary:
The papers of African American sculptor Chakaia Booker measure 2.3 linear feet and date from 1981 to 2018 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1994 to 2010. The collection consists primarily of printed material, but also includes selected correspondence and professional files, including a portfolio.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of African American sculptor Chakaia Booker measure 2.3 linear feet and date from 1981 to 2018 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1994 to 2010. The collection consists primarily of printed material, including exhibition announcements; exhibition and auction catalogs; magazines; and newspapers. Also included are three folders of correspondence, including selected correspondence from artist Jack Whitten, and professional files, which includes a portfolio of Booker's work.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as three series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1995-2013 (3 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Professional Files, 1999-circa 2001 (3 folders; Box 1)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1981-2018 (2.2 linear feet; Boxes 1-3)
Biographical / Historical:
Chakaia Booker (1953- ) is an African American sculptor in New York, New York. In an artist's statement, Booker refers to herself as a "narrative environmental sculptor." She is known for large-scale sculptures incorporating recycled rubber tires and stainless steel. Booker's works are included in more than 40 public collections and have been exhibited across the United States and internationally. She has also served on the boards of International Sculpture Center and Socrates Sculpture Park.
Provenance:
The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2018 by Chakaia Booker as part of the Archives' African American Collecting Initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
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:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
African American artists  Search this
African American sculptors  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Citation:
Chakaia Booker papers, 1981-2018. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bookchak
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Chakaia Booker papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c700770c-bdfb-4ba1-9097-ad37402143c6
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bookchak
Online Media:

Photograph of Alma Thomas at Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition opening

Photographer:
Whitten, Jack, 1939-2018  Search this
Subject:
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1972
Citation:
Jack Whitten. Photograph of Alma Thomas at Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition opening, 1972. Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)18653
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Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_18653
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Photograph of Alma Thomas and unidentified woman at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Photographer:
Whitten, Jack, 1939-2018  Search this
Subject:
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New York, N.Y.
Date:
1972
Citation:
Jack Whitten. Photograph of Alma Thomas and unidentified woman at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1972. Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
African American women artists  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5758
See more items in:
Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5758

Photograph of Alma Thomas and unidentified man at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Photographer:
Whitten, Jack, 1939-2018  Search this
Subject:
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New York, N.Y.
Date:
1972
Citation:
Jack Whitten. Photograph of Alma Thomas and unidentified man at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1972. Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
African American women artists  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)5759
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Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_5759

Photograph of Alma Thomas at the opening of her exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Photographer:
Whitten, Jack, 1939-2018  Search this
Subject:
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1972
Citation:
Jack Whitten. Photograph of Alma Thomas at the opening of her exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1972. Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
African American women artists  Search this
Openings (events)  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)7391
See more items in:
Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_7391

Photograph of Alma Thomas at the opening of her exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Photographer:
Whitten, Jack, 1939-2018  Search this
Subject:
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1972
Citation:
Jack Whitten. Photograph of Alma Thomas at the opening of her exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1972. Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
African American women artists  Search this
Openings (events)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)7395
See more items in:
Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_7395

Oral history interview with Jack Whitten, 2009 December 1-3

Interviewee:
Whitten, Jack, 1939-2018  Search this
Interviewer:
Richards, Judith Olch, 1947-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Jack Whitten, 2009 December 1-3. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15748
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)287093
AAA_collcode_whitte09
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_287093

Jack Whitten : memorial paintings

Title:
Memorial paintings
Author:
Whitten, Jack 1939-2018.-  Search this
Horodner, Stuart  Search this
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center  Search this
Subject:
Whitten, Jack 1939-2018  Search this
Physical description:
70 p. : col. ill. ; 26 x 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2008
C2008
Call number:
ND237.W6234 A4 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_909221

Jack Whitten / Beryl J. Wright

Author:
Wright, Beryl J  Search this
Whitten, Jack 1939-2018  Search this
Newark Museum  Search this
Subject:
Whitten, Jack 1939-2018  Search this
Physical description:
40 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
Call number:
N40.1.W612 W9 1990
N40.1.W612W9 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_423324

Jack Whitten : five decades of painting / with contributions by Kathryn Kanjo, Robert Storr, Quincy Troupe

Artist:
Whitten, Jack 1939-2018-  Search this
Author:
Kanjo, Kathryn  Search this
Troupe, Quincy  Search this
Interviewer:
Storr, Robert  Search this
Host institution:
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego  Search this
Wexner Center for the Arts  Search this
Walker Art Center  Search this
Subject:
Whitten, Jack 1939-2018  Search this
Whitten, Jack 1939-2018-  Search this
Physical description:
203 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Interviews
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
2015
20th century
21st century
Topic:
African American painters  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Artists  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1061672

Ars and techne : Jack Whitten retrospective / Chanda Laine Carey

Author:
Carey, Chanda Laine  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Whitten, Jack 1939-2018  Search this
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
San Diego
Date:
2017
Topic:
African American painting  Search this
Call number:
NX1 .N737
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1086590

Odyssey : Jack Whitten sculpture, 1963-2017

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Whitten, Jack 1939-2018  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2018
Call number:
N515 .C3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1112956

Odyssey : Jack Whitten sculpture 1963-2017 / edited by Katy Siegel ; co-curated by Kelly Baum and Katy Siegel ; with contributions by Aleesa Alexander, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Meredith Brown, Kellie Jones, Courtney J. Martin, Richard Shiff, Jack Whitten, and Karli Wurzelbacher

Title:
Jack Whitten sculpture 1963-2017
Editor:
Siegel, Katy  Search this
Author:
Baum, Kelly  Search this
Alexander, Aleesa  Search this
Whitten, Jack 1939-2018 Works Selections  Search this
Host institution:
Baltimore Museum of Art  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Whitten, Jack 1939-2018  Search this
Physical description:
191 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2018
Call number:
N40.1.W612 B19 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1093979

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