Oral history interview with Emmy Lou Packard, 1964 May 11-12

Packard, Emmy Lou , b. 1914 d. 1998
Painter, Muralist, Printmaker
Active in San Francisco, Calif.

Size: Transcript: 39 p.

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 29 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Emmy Lou Packard conducted 1964 May 11-12, by Mary Fuller McChesney, for the Archives of American Art.

Packard speaks of her early interest in art and her education; meeting Diego Rivera, studying under him; working with him on murals; Rivera's personality; his marriage to Frida Kahlo and reaction to her death; his political views and his influence on art during the 1930s. She describes her feelings about art of the Work Project Administration period, and she recalls Anton Refregier and Jose Moya del Pino.

Biographical/Historical Note: Emmy Lou Packard (1914-1998) was a painter and a mural painter.

This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.

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