Howe, Thomas Carr
Arts administrator, Art consultant
Active in San Francisco, Calif.
Size: Sound recording: 2 sound cassettes (120 min.) : analog.
Collection Summary: An interview of Thomas Carr Howe and Robert Neuhaus conducted 1987 Sept. 25, by Paul J. Karlstrom and Peter Fairbanks, for the Archives of American Art.
Carr and Neuhaus discuss the San Francisco art scene in the 1930s, with emphasis on museums, patronage, and collecting. Both subjects, as former directors of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in the 1930s, reunited for this interview, discuss their background and schooling; the Panama-Pacific Exhibition; art galleries in the 1930s; the museum staff at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in the 1930s; the art climate in the Bay Area. They recall the McAgy's, Grace Morley, Clyfford Still, and the Getty's.
Biographical/Historical Note: Carr and Neuhaus were former directors of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, in the 1930s. Howe was Assistant Director, 1931-1939, and Director, 1939-1968. Neuhaus was Director of Education, 1938-1940; he establishedd a gallery in 1941, Robert Neuhaus Services, which remained opened for about six months. Artists represented included Clyfford Still, George Post, and Joseph Raphael.
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 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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