Oral history interview with John I. H. Baur, 1970 January 22-February 19

Baur, John I. H. (John Ireland Howe) , b. 1909 d. 1987
Curator, Museum director, Author
Active in N.Y.

Size: Transcript: 114 pages

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hr., 33 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of John I. H. Baur conducted 1970 January 22-February 19, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.

Baur speaks of his education, his work at the Brooklyn Museum, WNYC radio programs, art dealers in the 1940s, museum acquisitions and his research on William Sidney Mount, John Quidor and Theodore Robinson. He discusses exhibitions and scholarship, joining the staff of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the organization of the Friends of the Whitney, art critics, Whitney Annuals, and the "Black Emergency Cultural Coalition." Baur recalls Edith Halpert, Samson Lane Faison, Jr., Henri Focillon, Lloyd Goodrich, Roy R. Neuberger, Theodore Sizer and others.

Biographical/Historical Note: John I. H. Baur (1909-1987) was a museum curator from New York, New York.

These interviews are part of the Archives' 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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