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Museum of Contemporary Art interviews, 1979-1986

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Megan McShea
Scope and Contents
The Museum of Contemporary Art Interviews measure 8 linear feet and contain video interviews with 35 artists, curators, and an art collector, conducted by the staff of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago between 1979 and 1986, on 107 U-Matic videocassettes.
The first set of interviews are with contemporary artists who had solo exhibitions at the museum between 1979 and 1985, including Chuck Close, Roger Brown, Eric Fischl, Peter and Ritzi Jacobi, Steve Keister, Sol Le Witt, and collector Dennis Adrian, whose Chicago art collection was exhibited in 1982. The remainder of the series contains four sets of interviews and other footage relating to exhibitions and programming, including the 1979 exhibition
Wall Painting - Ryman, Hafif, Pozzi, Jackson, Yasuda
; the 1981 exhibition
Kick out the jams: Detroit's Cass Corridor 1963-1977
; and the 1983 exhibition and educational program
Eleven Chicago Artists
, created with Chicago's N.A.M.E. gallery, which traveled to area high schools featuring short video documentaries about each artist that were created from the footage on the tapes in this collection. The last set includes interviews with architects Dirk Lohan and George Danforth and historian Franz Schulze, created for the 1986 program "Mies van der Rohe Remembered," celebrating the centennial of the architect's birth.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1986 by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' Hidden Collections grant program.
Processing Information
The collection was fully processed and a finding aid prepared by Megan McShea in 2015 with funding provided by the Council on Library and Information Resources' "Hidden Collections" grant program.