Curator, Arts administrator, Gallery director
Active in New York, N.Y.
Sound recording, master: 4 sound files (3 hr., 38 min.) digital, wav file
Transcript: 81 p.
Collection Summary: An interview of Alanna Heiss conducted 2010 Jun. 15 and Oct. 28, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts project, at Art International Radio, on Leonard Street, in New York, N.Y.
Heiss speaks about her family background and education; violin studies; living in London in the 1960s; teaching music and religious education at the Barnsbury Secondary School for Girls in Islington, London; her work as an inspector of Grade II monuments in the northwest region of Scotland; writing for Country Life magazine; being attracted to "spaces"; joining clubs in New York; her love of cars; living in New York City; curating exhibitions; founding PS1; Richard Nonas as a mentor; the Municipal Art Society; the Clocktower; the Temporary Contemporary in Los Angeles; the relationship between PS1 and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); joining MoMA as a senior deputy director; and other topics. She recalls John Cage, Joan Davidson, Gordon Matta-Clark, Mary Woronov, Leo Castelli, Tom Finkelpearl; Glenn Lowry, and others.
Biographical/Historical Note: Alanna Heiss (1943-) is director of Art International Radio in New York, N.Y. James McElhinney (1952-) is an artist and educator in New York, N.Y.
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.
This interview is part of the Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project, funded by a grant from the A G Foundation.