Oral history interview with Jane Koegel, 2000 May 22

Koegel, Jane
Artists' model
Active in San Francisco, Calif.

Size: Transcript 27 p.

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 2 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Jane Koegel conducted 2000 May 22, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in Koegel's home, San Francisco, Calif.

Kogel discusses the difference between posing for painters and photographers; social aspects of the sessions; the rapport between artist and model; and the possibility of the model's personality "getting in the way"; posing for Letbetter as a kind of performance, in which she "plays to the black lens"; and how posing can provide a life-enriching experience outside day-to-day life.

Biographical/Historical Note: Jane Koegel was an artist's model from San Francisco, Calif. Jane Kogel has posed for years for photographer Dennis Letbetter, with whom she lives in San Francisco. She is the subject of a recently published limited edition book entitled, "Jane," designed by renowned typographer Jack Stauffacher of Greenwood Press. The photographs depict Kogel, nude, in various spaces throughout the large Victorian house into which they were about to move. In the interview, Kogel discusses the difference between posing for painters and photographers, social aspects of the sessions, the rapport between artist and model, and the possibility of the models personality (3z(Bgetting in the way.(3y (BShe explains posing for Letbetter as a kind of performance, in which she (3z(Bplays to the black lens." For Kogel, posing can provide a life-enriching experience outside day-to-day life.

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. Funding for the transcription provided by Bente and Gerald E. Buck Collection.

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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