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Oral history interview with Peter and Riva Dechar, circa 1967

Dechar, Peter, 1942-



Collection Information

Size: 1 sound cassette analog

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

Summary: An interview of Peter and Riva Dechar conducted circa 1967, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Interviewee Peter Dechar (1942- ) is a painter in New York, New York. Interviewer Dorothy Seckler (1910-1994) was an art historian. Riva is Peter Dechar's spouse.


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 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 Peter and Riva Dechar, circa 1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.