Oral history interview with Chaim Gross, 1964 Sept. 1

Gross, Chaim , b. 1904 d. 1991
Sculptor, Art teacher
Active in New York, N.Y.; Provincetown, Mass.

Size: Sound recordings: 2 sound tape reels (50 min.) ; 5 in.
Transcript: 16 p. (on partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: An interview of Chaim Gross conducted 1964 Sept. 1 by Dorothy Seckler for the Archives of American Art.

Gross speaks of his early sculpture; his inspirations; his treatment of wood; his interest in watercolor; religious subjects in his work, especially Judaic themes; his teaching career; his involvement with the WPA Federal Art Project; his personal collection of paintings and sculpture; working odd jobs when the WPA ended; and his opinions of contemporary sculpture and the future of sculpture.

Biographical/Historical Note: Sculptor; New York, N.Y. Died 1991.

These interviews are 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 others.

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This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Chaim Gross, 1964 Sept. 1, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Note: This typewritten transcript was scanned and run through optical character recognition software (OCR). However, the resulting OCR text has not been reviewed or edited for accuracy.



This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Chaim Gross, 1964 Sept. 1, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.