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Oral history interview with Allan Kaprow, 1981 Feb. 5-18

Oral history interview with Allan Kaprow, 1981 Feb. 5-18

Kaprow, Allan, 1927-2006

Painter, Educator, Video artist


Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 4 sound cassettes

Transcript: 69 p.

Summary: An interview of Allan Kaprow conducted 1981 Feb. 5-18, by Moira Roth, for the Archives of American Art.

Kaprow speaks of his family background and the early development of his interest in art; his education at New York University; meeting Meyer Schapiro; his friendship with George Segal; the development of his personal style and of his performance art; his teaching career; his views on education; his personal philosophies. He recalls John Cage.

Biographical/Historical Note

Allen Kaprow (1927-2006) was a painter and educator from Los Angeles, Calif.


These interviews are part of the Archives' 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 others.


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.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Allan Kaprow, 1981 Feb. 5-18. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.