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Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, [ca. 1965-1968]

Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, [ca. 1965-1968]

Brooklyn Museum

Collection Information

Size: 7.0 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Interview program begun by curator Arlene Jacobowitz in Spring 1965 with artists whose works were on exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. "Listening to Pictures" was an exhibition works which incorporated excerpts from the tapes into the installation. It opened April 28, 1968, and was gradually disassembled, 1971-1973.


This collection was donated to the Archives of American Art by Dierdre Lawrence of the Brooklyn Museum in 1989.

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Location of Originals

  • Almost all of the transcripts in this collection are photocopies. Original transcripts can be found in the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives.

Scope and Contents

Interviews of 72 artists, and transcripts for all but five, conducted by Arlene Jacobowitz for the Museum's "Listening to Pictures" program. The artists discuss their work in the museum collection. Also included with many of the interviews are edited versions of the tapes, approximately 2-3 min. in length, used as "audio-labels" in the "Listening to Pictures" installation.

The artists interviewed are: Lennart Anderson, Stephen B. Antonakos, Marshall Arisman, Walter Barker, Leonard Baskin, Mary Bauermeister, Thomas Hart Benton, Isabel Bishop, Robert Brackman, Sydney Butchkes, Edmund Casarella, George Constant, Robert Warren Dash, Jose DeCreeft, Blanche Dombek, Tom Doyle, Jimmy Ernst, Neil Estern, Philip Evergood, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Leon Goldin, Sidney Goodman, Sante Graziani, Balcomb Greene, John Grillo, William Gropper, Chaim Gross, Roy Gussow, Robert Gwathmey, Grace Hartigan, Edward Hopper, Nora Jaffe, Paul Jenkins, Minoru Kawabata, William Kienbusch, Karl Knaths, John Koch, Yayoi Kosama, Jennett Lam, Steven Lang, Robert Laurent, Jacob Lawrence, Jack Levine, Jacques Lipchitz, Seymour Lipton,

Boris Margo, Ursula Meyer, Hans Moller, Walter Murch, Louise Nevelson, Toshio Odate, Elliot Offner, Douglas Ohlson, Kenzo Okada, Amanda Palmer, Irene Rice Pereira, Gabor Peterdi, Ad Reinhardt, Bill Richards, Larry Rivers, Emilio Sanchez, Karl Schrag, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, Aaron Sopher, Moses Soyer, Raphael Soyer, William Thon, Albert Weinberg, and William and Marguerite Zorach.

All of the sound recordings in this collection were digitized for preservation and research access in 2009 and are available at the Archives of American Art offices.

Authorization to quote or reproduce for purposes of publication requires written permission from the interviewee. Citations must read:"Interview between [artist's name] and [interviewer's name] from the "Listening to Pictures" program of the Brooklyn Museum. Archives of American Art. Gift of the Brooklyn Museum."

All interviews except Antonakos, Freilicher, Lipton, Murch, and Weinberg are transcribed.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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