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Oral history interview with Emily Hofstatter, 2000 May 31

Oral history interview with Emily Hofstatter, 2000 May 31

Hofstatter, Emily

Artists' model


Collection Information

Size: Sound recording 1 sound cassette (60 min.) : analog.

Transcript 25 p.

Summary: An interview of Emily Hofstatter conducted 2000 May 31, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in Hofstatter's home, Burbank, Calif.

Hofstatter discusses her interest in becoming an artist's model; posing at the request of Sam Clayberger whose exhibition she attended with a friend; her motivation as seeking the experience of being an "art object," and participating in the art historical tradition of the nude; reaction of her friends; effect of posing on her; feminist issues of her generation; and the power dynamic between men and women.

Biographical/Historical Note

Emily Hofstattar was an artist's model from Burbank, Calif.


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. Funding for this interview provided by Bente and Gerald E. Buck Collection.


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 Emily Hofstatter, 2000 May 31. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.