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Oral history interview with Amalia Mesa-Bains, 2019 Nov. 3-4

Mesa-Bains, Amalia, 1943-

Installation artist, Author, Artist


Collection Information

Size: 9 sound files (5 hrs., 6 min.) Audio, digital, wav

Summary: An interview with Amalia Mesa-Bains conducted 2019 Nov. 3-4, by Adriana Zavala, for the Archives of American Art, at Mesa Bains' studio in San Juan Bautista, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Note

Interviewee Amalia Mesa-Bains (1943- ) is is a visual artist and educator in San Jan Bautista, Calif. Interviewer Adriana Zavala (1964- ) is is an Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.


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.

Language Note

Undetermined .


This interview received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Amalia Mesa-Bains, 2019 Nov. 3-4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.