Oral history interview with Dong Kingman, 1996 Jul. 3-4

Kingman, Dong, b. 1911 d. 2000
Painter, Illustrator
Active in New York, N.Y.

Andersen, Irene Poon

Collection size: Sound recording: 1 sound cassette (60 min.); 2 x 1-1/4 in.
Transcript: 18 p., supplementary material

Format: Supplementary material includes a photograph (12x15 in.) of Kingman; a photocopy of a review of a one-man show of his watercolors from the San Francisco News, 1936; a photocopy of an article in Life Magazine, 1955 that is a portion of the report he painted for the State Dept. of his around-the-world lecture tour; and a copy of "With New Eyes: Toward an Asian American Art History in the West", the exhibition catalog for which Irene Poon Andersen was a curator.

Collection Summary: An interview conducted by Stan and Irene Poon Andersen on July 3-4, 1996, New York City, with Dong Kingman. Accompanying the interview are a few newspaper and magazine articles, and a photograph of Kingman, taken by Irene Poon Andersen, 1996. The material was compiled following the 1995 exhibition "With New Eyes: Toward An Asian American Art History in the West," for which Poon Andersen was a curator and exhibitor.

Kingman discusses his early years and education in Oakland, Calif. and Hong Kong; teaching at Mills College, Oakland, University of Wyoming, Laramie and the San Diego Museum; working on the WPA art project; military service with the US Army OSS art department; leaving the Bay Area when he was drafted, moving first to Washington, D.C. and later to New York City where has remained; and work on movies including "Flower Drum Song," "55 Days to Peking," and "Virgin Soldier."

Biographical/Historical Note: Dong Kingman (1911-2000) was a painter and illustrator from the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. Worked for the Works Progress Administration.

Donated 1997 by Stan Andersen and Irene Poon Andersen.

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