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Oral history interview with Joel Shapiro and Ellen Phelan, 2009 March 3

Shapiro, Joel, 1941-



Collection Information

Size: 55 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 9 min.

Summary: An interview of Joel Shapiro and Ellen Phelan conducted 2009 March 3, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art, at Shapiro's and Phelan's home, in New York, N.Y.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joel Shapiro (1941- ) is a sculptor and Ellen Phelan (1943- ), Shapiro's wife, is a painter; they live and work in New York, N.Y. Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is former executive director of iCI in New York, N.Y.


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

English .


Funding for this interview provided by the Brown Foundation. 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.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Joel Shapiro and Ellen Phelan, 2009 March 3. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.