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Dorothy Gees Seckler collection of sound recordings relating to art and artists, 1962-1976

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 3 series.

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Series 1: Interviews with Artists , 1962-1976
1 Linear foot
Box 1

Series contains 17 interviews with artists by Dorothy Seckler, and one interview conducted by John Jones, on 16 sound cassettes and 18 sound tape reels. Seckler seems to have conducted most of the interviews for specific writing projects, although the reason for interviews is not known in every case. Several interviews are with two subjects interviewed together. Many of these interviews were conducted in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and are referenced in her introduction to the catalog for the exhibition
Provincetown Painters, 1890's – 1970's
held at the Everson Museum and the Provincetown Art Association in 1977. Several interviews were conducted as research for articles Seckler wrote and published in
Art in America
, including the Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell interviews (for "The artist in America: victim of the culture boom?" December 1963) and the Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle interview (for "Audience is his medium," February 1963). The interview with George Segal conducted by John Jones was borrowed by Seckler from the Archives of American Art in advance of her April 1966 interview with Segal.
Several group interviews are found on specific subjects, including an interview with Julio de Diego, Marion Greenwood, Fletcher Martin, and Anton Refregier on the Woodstock art colony, and with Sally Avery, Boris Margo, Jan Gelb, Margit Beck and others on Op Art. A 1965 symposium on pop art, which included Seckler as a speaker, is referenced here in a recording of audio notes Seckler made in preparation for the discussion. Also found is Seckler's recording made during a performance of Andy Warhol's
Exploding Plastic Inevitable
in Provincetown in September 1966, which includes a performance by Nico and the Velvet Underground, as well as an interview with one of the band's members, John Cale.
Arrangement is roughly alphabetical by interview subject. Subjects sometimes appear out of order when multiple interviews occur on the same tape. An interview with Joan Mitchell, which forms part of the Archives of American Art's Oral History Collection, appears on the same tape is the group interview on op art, and is physically filed with that item but described elsewhere in the Archives' catalog.
A transcript of the John Jones interview with George Segal is found in the John Jones interviews with artists collection, 1965 Oct. 5-1965 Nov. 12, available through interlibrary loan on microfilm reel 3949.
Description Container Select
Elise Asher, 1976 August 17
1 sound cassette
This interview has been transcribed.
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1
Fritz Bultman and Judith Rothschild on Forum '49 Series in Provincetown, Mass., circa 1968
1 sound cassette
This interview has been transcribed.
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2
Giorgio Cavallon, 1966 August 28
1 sound cassette
This interview has been transcribed.
1
3
Marcia Marcus, 1967 August 28
2 sound cassettes
Jean Cohen interview found on cassette 2 of 2, side 2 of the Marcia Marcus interview. This interview has been transcribed.
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4
Jean Cohen, 1967 August 24
1 sound cassette
This interview has been transcribed.
1
5
William Freed and Lillian Orlowsky, 1976 July 27
2 sound cassettes
This interview has been transcribed.
1
6
Shirley Gorelick, 1968 August 20
1 sound cassette
This interview has been transcribed.
1
7
Hans Hofmann, circa 1962
1 sound tape reel
This interview has been transcribed.
1
8
Wolf Kahn, 1968 September 17
2 sound cassettes
This interview has been transcribed.
1
9
Raoul Middleman and Unidentified Woman, circa 1967
1 sound cassette
This interview has been transcribed.
1
10
Robert Motherwell, 1963 April 29
1 sound tape reel
This interview was conducted for the December, 1963 article for Art in America entitled "The artist in America: victim of the culture boom?" The Helen Frankenthaler interview was recorded at the end of side 2 of Motherwell interview.
1
11
Helen Frankenthaler, circa 1962
1 sound tape reel
This interview was conducted for the December, 1963 article in Art in America entitled "The artist in America: victim of the culture boom?" This interview has been transcribed.
1
12
Olin Orr, 1968 August 4
1 sound cassette
Original recording defective; recording contains distortion and overlap.
This interview has been transcribed.
1
13
Larry Rivers, circa 1963
1 sound tape reel
Interview was conducted for the December, 1963 article for Art in America entitled "The artist in America: victim of the culture boom?" A second man is present at this interview and is unidentified.
1
14
Alvin Ross, 1974 August 22 - September 16
2 sound cassettes
This interview has been transcribed.
1
15
George Segal, 1966 April 1
2 sound tape reels
This interview has been transcribed.
1
16
Duplicate Excerpts of George Segal Interview, 1966
5 sound tape reels
Excerpts of April 1, 1966 interview with George Segal by Dorothy Seckler. Excerpts created by Seckler.
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George Segal Interviewed by John Jones, 1965
2 sound tape reels
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18
Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, 1962 November
2 sound tape reels
Interview conducted as for the February, 1963
Art in America
article entitled "Audience is his medium." The interview has been transcribed.
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19
Preparatory Notes for Pop Art Symposium, 1963 August 28
1 sound tape reel
1
20
Group Interviews
1
Woodstock Group, 1964 September 26
1 sound tape reel
includes paper transcript
Members of the group interviewed by Seckler include Julio de Diego, Marion Greenwood, Fletcher Martin, and Anton Refregier.
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21
Discussion of Op Art, circa 1965
1 sound tape reel
Discussion led by Dorothy Seckler with artists Sally Avery, Boris Margo, Jan Gelb, Margit Beck and others who are unidentified. Recording begins on reel also containing reel 2 of 2 of a Joan Mitchell oral history conducted by Dorothy Seckler for the Archives of American Art. Reel 1 of this oral history is also filed here.
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Exploding Plastic Inevitable Performance and Interview with John Cale, 1966 September
2 sound cassettes
Sound is very distorted.
Performance in Provincetown, Mass. by Niko and the Velvet Underground, with sound from projected films, including Warhol's films "Hedy" and "The Kiss." Seckler is heard discussing the films and performance with an unidentified man during the show. Side 2 of cassette 2 begins with a 17-minute interview with John Cale, followed by about 8 minutes of blank tape, followed by more of the performance.
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Series 2: Broadcast Materials , 1962 - circa 1972
0.6 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3

Series includes sound recordings of television and radio broadcast programs taped off the air presumably by Seckler. Most programs are interviews, with subjects including Maxim Karolik, James Thomas Flexner, R. Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham, Alex Katz, Phillip Pearlstein, Roslyn Drexler, Barnet Newman, Saul Bellow, Ben Shahn, Marshall McLuhan, Isamu Noguchi, Andrew Wyeth, and William H Whyte. Some recordings are only excerpts of programs, and sound quality varies throughout. Other recordings include documentary programs related to contemporary art, book reviews, and a comedy performance with actor Peter Ustinov. An empty reel box and a box containing a blank tape have been retained for their markings and are filed at the end of this series.
Arrangement is chronological.
Description Container Select
Maxim Karolik and James Thomas Flexner Interviewed by Brian O'Doherty on Unidentified Television Program, circa 1962
1 sound tape reel
2
1
Modern American Art
, 1963 March 11
2 sound tape reels
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2
Excerpt of Interview with R. Buckminster Fuller Conducted by Brian O'Doherty on
Dialogue
Radio Series, 1964 May 9
1 sound tape reel
2
3
Excerpt of Interview with Merce Cunningham on Unidentified Radio Program, circa 1964
1 sound tape reel
2
4
Excerpts of Program with Alex Katz, Phillip Pearlstein, and Roslyn Drexler on
ArtForum
Radio Series , 1964 November 6
1 sound tape reel
Broadcast by WBAI radio in New York, NY.
2
5
Barnet Newman Interviewed by Frank O'Hara on Unidentified Television Program, 1964 December 7
1 sound tape reel
Broadcast on WNET-TV, New York, NY.
2
6
Saul Bellow on
Open Mind
Television Series , circa 1965
1 sound tape reel
Broadcast by WNBC-TV, New York, NY.
2
7
Ben Shahn on
Open Mind
Television Series, circa 1965
1 sound tape reel
Broadcast by WNBC-TV, New York, NY.
2
8
Marshall McLuhan on Unidentified Canadian Television Program, 1966 May 15
2 sound cassettes
2
9
Excerpts from
New York: the New Left Bank
Television Program, 1966
1 sound cassette
2
10
Unidentified Television Program on Pablo Picasso Exhibition in Chicago, circa 1968
1 sound cassette
2
11
Isamu Noguchi Interviewed by Aline Saarinen on
The Today Show
Television Series, 1968
1 sound cassette
Broadcast on WNBC-TV, New York, NY.
2
12
Empty Sound Reel Box and Box with Blank Tape, 1967-1968
3
1
Georges Melies
Program by Willard van Dyke, 1969
1 sound cassette
3
2
Andrew Wyeth Interviewed by Barbara Walters , circa 1970
1 sound cassette
Possibly from
The Today Show
television series.
3
3
William H. Whyte Interviewed by Edwin Newman on
Speaking Freely
Television Program, circa 1970
1 sound cassette
An NBC-TV News program.
3
4
Peter Ustinov Comedy Program, circa 1970
1 sound cassette
3
5
Book reviews by Unidentified Speaker, crica 1972
1 sound cassette
3
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Series 3: Photographs , 1967 October
1 Folder
Box 3

12 color slides are found which appear to have been shot in Provincetown in October of 1967. Subjects include Dorothy Seckler and two other unidentified women.
Description Container Select
Scenes in Provincetown, Mass with Dorothy Seckler and Others, 1967 October
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