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Oral history interview with Mindy Weisel, 2001 September 2-November 1

Oral history interview with Mindy Weisel, 2001 September 2-November 1

Weisel, Mindy, 1947-

Painter

Collection Information

Size: 2 sound discs (1 hr.; 28 min.): digital. 2 5/8 in.

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr.; 28 min.

Summary: An interview of Mindy Weisel conducted 2001 September 21-November 1, by Anne Louise Bayly, for the Archives of American Art, in Washington, D.C.

Weisel speaks of her parents and their surviving the Holocaust; her mother showing her beauty as a child; being the daughter of survivors; wanting to draw as a child; studying art in college; her marriage and motherhood; balancing the role of wife, mother and artist; September 11th; her Ella Fitzgerald series; her time at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; process of working; creating Lily Let's Dance and It's Ok Kid; writing her books "Daughters of Absence", "Touching Quite", "The Rainbow Diet"; art and survival.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mindy Weisel (1947-) is a painter from Washington, D.C.

Provenance

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

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.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Mindy Weisel, 2001 September 2-November 1. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.