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Oral history interview with Walter Murch, 1967 June 6

Murch, Walter Tandy, 1907-1967



Collection Information

Size: 19 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 19 min.

Summary: An interview of Walter Murch conducted 1967 June 6, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art. Murch speaks of his family background and youth in Canada; studying at the Art Students League; studying with Arshile Gorky; the philosophy behind his work; techniques; influences on his work; subject matter of his work; commissions; murals for Raymond Lowey; teachings; exhibitions of his work; and his involvement with the Betty Parsons Gallery. He recalls Betty Parsons and Joseph Cornell.

Biographical/Historical Note

Walter Murch (1907-1967) was a mural painter 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 others.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 4211 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Walter Murch, 1967 June 6. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.