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Oral history interview with Edgar and Joyce Anderson

Interviewee:
Anderson, Edgar, approximately 1922-  Search this
Anderson, Joyce, 1925-  Search this
Interviewer:
Gold, Donna, 1953-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
American Craft Council  Search this
American Crafts Council. Museum of Contemporary Crafts  Search this
Chilton Professional Automotive (Firm)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
United States. Agency for International Development  Search this
Campbell, David Robert, 1907-1963  Search this
Cooke, Edward S., 1954-  Search this
Grotta, Lou  Search this
Grotta, Sandra  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Malarcher, Patricia  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
McPhee, John, 1931-  Search this
Meier, Richard, 1934-  Search this
Milan, Emil, 1922-1985  Search this
Smith, Paul J., 1931-  Search this
Stocksdale, Bob, 1913-2003  Search this
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Tibbs, Thomas S., 1917-2002  Search this
Webb, Aileen O.  Search this
Wegner, Hans J., 1914-  Search this
Wirkkala, Tapio, 1915-1985  Search this
Wyman, William, 1922-1980  Search this
Extent:
143 Pages (Transcript)
34 Items (Sound recording: 34 sound files (5 hr., 56 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
World Trade Center Site (New York, N.Y.)
Honduras -- Description and Travel
Date:
2002 September 17-19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Edgar and Joyce Anderson conducted 2002 September 17-19, by Donna Gold, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Morristown, New Jersey.
The interview begins in the home of their frequent patrons, Sandra and Lou Grotta, in Harding Township, New Jersey. The Grottas are not present. They discuss several of their pieces in situ, including tables, beds, a piano bench, the grandfather clock (carved in the shape of Edgar's arm wearing a wristwatch), and the Knight table. Many of these pieces are discussed in detail in terms of their design and construction. They also allude briefly to other pieces in the Grotta's collection by Toshiko Takaezu, Hans Wegner, Bill Wyman, Sam Maloof, and Bob Stocksdale. The Grotta's house, designed by architect Richard Meier, is also discussed. Edgar recalls that Meier designed the house to accommodate the collection. They also talk about the Grotta's participation in the American Craft Council, and the relationship among collectors. The interview continues at the artists' home Harding Township, New Jersey. They discuss several projects for other clients, and they reflect on the relationships that developed. These include: a gaming table for Doug Dayton of Monteath Lumber Company, a jewelry chest for Thelma Newman, collaboration with Newman on a book for Chilton Publishing Company (not published), and a figural chest for Mako Stewart, which is still in the artists' private collection. They reflect on their private and professional partnership and the balance of skills they shared. They recall that their early success was bolstered by a New York Times article by Betty Pepis. This publicity led to new clients, such as Reverend John Mason of the Episcopal Chapel at the University of Maine, who is discussed in detail along with his wife Elizabeth Mason. They explain their expertise in humidity and wood shrinkage, including their work as consultants for the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, before it became the American Craft Museum. There is lengthy discussion of the Andersons' own house, which they designed and built themselves over a period of years. Frank Lloyd Wright was an influence. They discuss other church commissions in general, speaking of the influence of their spirituality. St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Haworth, New Jersey, is discussed in some detail. Edgar briefly talks about a local World Trade Center memorial which he has been working on. They recall the importance of the support of the American Craft Museum, Aileen Osborne (Vanderbilt) Webb, and David Campbell. They discuss in depth their time in Honduras, under the sponsorship of the USAID program, teaching craft techniques to local inhabitants. Joyce describes this as a Kennedy era demonstration program. Other participants in the Honduras program included Dave Chapman, Roy Ginstrom, Bill Wyman, and Emil Milan. They also recall participating in a similar program in Antigua. They also recall Herb and Marje Noyes, Ruth Martin, Patricia Malarcher, John Geraci, Mike Langan, Bob and Rowena MacPhail, Sterling North, Zelda Strecker, Paul Smith, Tom Tibbs, Walker Weed, Lois Moran, Toshiko Takaezu, Tapio Wirkkala, Jack Lenor Larsen, Edward Cooke, Michael Stone, John McPhee, and Dot Blanchard.
Biographical / Historical:
Edgar Anderson (1922- ) and Joyce Anderson (1923- ) are woodworkers from Morristown, New Jersey.
General:
Originally recorded 5 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 34 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 56 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 available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Woodworkers -- New Jersey -- Interviews.  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.anders02a
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ae8bf067-31d4-4221-a0a6-7913411f8cdb
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-anders02a
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Edgar and Joyce Anderson, 2002 September 17-19

Interviewee:
Anderson, Edgar, 1922-  Search this
Interviewer:
Gold, Donna, 1953-  Search this
Subject:
Anderson, Joyce, 1925-  Search this
Campbell, David Robert  Search this
Cooke, Edward S.  Search this
Grotta, Lou  Search this
Grotta, Sandra  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Malarcher, Patricia  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
McPhee, John  Search this
Meier, Richard  Search this
Milan, Emil  Search this
Smith, Paul J.  Search this
Stocksdale, Bob  Search this
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Tibbs, Thomas S.  Search this
Webb, Aileen O.  Search this
Wegner, Hans J.  Search this
Wirkkala, Tapio  Search this
Wyman, William  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
American Craft Council  Search this
Chilton Professional Automotive (Firm)  Search this
American Crafts Council. Museum of Contemporary Crafts  Search this
United States. Agency for International Development  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
World Trade Center Site (New York, N.Y.)
Honduras -- description and travel
Topic:
Woodworkers -- New Jersey -- Interviews.  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13240
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)237696
AAA_collcode_anders02a
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_237696
Online Media:

Choctaw nights [sound recording] / : Chamber music of George Quincy / New York 5

Title:
New York 5 plays Choctaw nights
New York Five plays Choctaw nights
Author:
Quincy, George  Search this
Shakespeare, William 1564-1616  Search this
Quincy, George Choctaw nights  Search this
Quincy, George Voices from Ground Zero  Search this
Quincy, George Shakespeare nocturnes  Search this
New York 5 (Musical group)  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Songs and music
Place:
World Trade Center Site (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
2003
2002
P2003
Topic:
Quintets (Piano, bassoon, flute, violin, viola)  Search this
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001  Search this
Call number:
disc 000356
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_743976

Think New York : a Ground Zero diary / Hilary Lewis, Román Viñoly

Author:
Lewis, Hilary 1962-  Search this
Viñoly, Román 1970-  Search this
Subject:
THINK (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color), plans (some color) ; 28 cm
Type:
Designs and plans
Place:
New York (State)
New York
World Trade Center Site (New York, N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
2006
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Land use, Urban  Search this
City planning  Search this
Urban renewal  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1084725

Monument and memory : September 27, 2002, the Columbia Seminar on Art in Society / Daniel Libeskind, Leon Wieseltier, Sherwin Nuland

Author:
Columbia Seminar on Art in Society (2002 : New-York Historical Society)  Search this
Libeskind, Daniel 1946-  Search this
Wieseltier, Leon  Search this
Nuland, Sherwin B  Search this
Physical description:
51 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
2002
[2002?]
Topic:
Architecture--Psychological aspects  Search this
Memorials  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_719174

Up from zero : politics, architecture, and the rebuilding of New York / Paul Goldberger

Author:
Goldberger, Paul  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 273 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
World Trade Center Site (New York, N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
2004
C2004
21st century
Topic:
Architecture--History  Search this
Memorials--Planning  Search this
City planning  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1014106

Ground Zero / Isa Genzken

Title:
Isa Genzken, Ground Zero
Author:
Genzken, Isa 1948-  Search this
Buchloh, B. H. D  Search this
Bussel, David  Search this
Hauser & Wirth London  Search this
Subject:
Genzken, Isa 1948-  Search this
Physical description:
61 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
World Trade Center Site (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
2008
C2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_924789

Imagining Ground Zero : official and unofficial proposals for the World Trade Center site / Suzanne Stephens with Ian Luna and Ron Broadhurst ; foreword by Robert A. Ivy

Author:
Stephens, Suzanne 1942-  Search this
Luna, Ian  Search this
Broadhurst, Ron  Search this
Physical description:
224 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Designs and plans
Place:
New York (State)
New York
World Trade Center Site (New York, N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
2004
21st century
Topic:
Architecture--History  Search this
City planning  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_978824

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