Oral history interview with Joseph Hirsch, 1965

Hirsch, Joseph , b. 1910 d. 1981
Painter, Printmaker, Illustrator
Active in New York, N.Y.

Size: Sound recording: 1 sound tape reel ; 7 in. (24 p. transcript on partial microfilm reel)
Transcript: 24 p.

Format: An unrelated interview of Louis Schanker conducted by H. Phillips is also on this tape.

Collection Summary: An interview of Joseph Hirsch conducted by Harlan Phillips in 1965 for the Archives of American Art.

Hirsch speaks of his early education and background in industrial art; his first involvement with the Federal Art Project, including the easel painting project, murals, and the Index of American Design; artistic experimentation during the 1930s; public perception of federally suuported art projects. He recalls Holger Cahill, Audrey McMahon and Mary Curran.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, lithographer; New York, N.Y. and Pennsylvania.

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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  • Transcript: microfilm reel 3949 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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