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Oral history interview with Walter Feldman

Interviewee:
Feldman, Walter, 1925-2017  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
David Winton Bell Gallery (Brown University) -- Faculty  Search this
Yale University. School of Fine Arts -- Students  Search this
Ziggurat Press  Search this
Harper, Michael S., 1938-  Search this
Schevill, James Erwin, 1920-  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound cassette (Sound recording (90 min.), analog)
30 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
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Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1998 Aug. 10
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Walter Feldman conducted 1998 Aug. 10, by Robert Brown, for the the Archives of American Art, in Feldman's home, Providence, R.I.
Feldman discusses attending classes as a youth, 1939-1942, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; attending Yale's School of Fine Arts, 1942; service in combat infantry in the U.S. Army, Europe, 1943-1946; completing his BFA at Yale, 1946-1950 and MFA, 1951; working as an instructor in painting at Yale until his appointment at Brown University (1953; professor 1961) where he continues to teach; exhibitions and commissions; working in painting, printmaking, mosaics, and in fine book making.
He discusses working as the sole studio art teacher at Brown University until mid-1960s; hiring of additional artist-teachers and the subsequent split of the art department between studio art and art history; bringing book arts to Brown with his establishment of the Brown/Ziggurat Press, which he directs and which mostly publishes poetry; the many visiting arists at Brown; frequent commissions which have kept him young in spirit; and working in widely divergent media: medals, mosaics, and a huge mural commission in 1976; discussion of leading examples of his handmade books, including James Schevill's poetry, "Lager Lieder" (1991), a book of concentration camp songs, and Michael Harper's "Family Sequences" (1998); broadsides he's designed, sculptural "reliqueries" to memorialize the Jewish Holocaust; the current prospering of his artists books; and his success as a teacher.
Biographical / Historical:
Walter Feldman (1925-2017) was an artist and art educator of Providence, R.I. Established Ziggurat Press in 1984 and, as teaching adjunct at Brown University, the Brown/Ziggurat Press in 1990.
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:
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire audio recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- Rhode Island -- Providence -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Artists as teachers  Search this
Artists -- Rhode Island -- Providence -- Interviews  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.feldma98
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-feldma98

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