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Oral history interview with Boris Gilbertson, 1964 June 25

Gilbertson, Boris, 1907-1982



Collection Information

Size: 1 Sound tape reel, Sound recordings (1 hour), 7 in.; 33 Pages, Transcript: (on one microfilm reel)

Format: An unrelated interview of Gene Kloss conducted by S. Loomis is also on this tape.

Summary: An interview of Boris Gilbertson conducted 1964 June 25 by Sylvia Loomis for the Archives of American Art.
Gilbertson speaks of his background; his education at the Art Institute of Chicago; starting out as a sculptor; his early involvement with the Treasury Relief Art Project; his work in Wisconsin for the project; how the Project functioned and how his work was supervised; the TRAP's effect on the politics of the time; his views of abstract art; the uses of humor in sculpture and in art; animal subject matter in his work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sculptor; Santa Fe, N.M.


This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3419 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Boris Gilbertson, 1964 June 25. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.