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Oral history interview with Harold Haydon, 1988 Oct. 10

Haydon, Harold, 1909-1994

Painter, Writer, Sculptor, Educator, Illustrator, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 2 Sound cassettes; 102 Pages, Transcript

Summary: An interview of Harold Haydon conducted 1988 Oct. 10, by Franz Schulze, for the Archives of American Art.
Haydon speaks of his education at the Art Institute of Chicago; the art scene and the gallery scene in Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s; some of the important art critics in Chicago during those years; the Artists Union; the WPA; artists he was acquainted with; art criticism; his own art work, especially murals; the post-World War II art scene; Artists Equity Association; Midway Studios, which he was director of; Haydon's exhibitions and writings; influences on him. He recalls Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.

Biographical/Historical Note

Harold Haydon (1909-1994) was an art critic and painter from Chicago, Ill.


This interview is 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.

Language Note

English .


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 Harold Haydon, 1988 Oct. 10. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.