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Museum of Contemporary Art interviews, 1979-1986

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Series 1: Interviews with Artists, Collectors, and Curators , 1979-1986
8 Linear feet
Boxes 1-8

Series contains 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 in the series 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.
The main content of the recordings are interviews with the artists or other subjects, ranging from 1 to 2 hours in duration. Some of the tapes contain footage of exhibition installations, artworks, or footage of the artist working. Tapes with content other than interview footage are typically labeled "Inserts" referring to material that was shot to be inserted into the edited version of the interviews. The museum's education department created edited versions of many of these interviews to accompany exhibitions, but the edited versions are not in the current collection, except for one, entitled "Shaking in the Cape of Good Hope" by Karl Wirsum. Note that the two Sol Le Witt tapes are numbered 4 and 6 and no other Le Witt tapes are found in the collection.
Individual interviews are arranged at the beginning of the series alphabetically. The remainder of the series is arranged by exhibition. The videocassettes for the Wall Paintings and Cass Corridor exhibitions are arranged in the sequence in which they were shot, and those for the Eleven Chicago Artists exhibition are arranged alphabetically by artist.
Some of the material in this series has been digitized for research access.
Description Container Select
Dennis Adrian, 1981
6 videocassettes (u-matic)
1
1-3
Roger Brown, 1981
6 videocassettes (u-matic)
1
4-6
Chuck Close, 1981
3 videocassettes (u-matic)
1
1-2
Eric Fischl, 1981
6 videocassettes (u-matic)
Tapes 5 and 6 labeled "Insert 1" and "Insert 2"
2
1-3
Peter and Ritzi Jacobi, 1981
3 videocassettes (u-matic)
2
4-5
Steve Keister, 1980 July 17
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
Tape labeled "Interviewed by Pauline Saliga"
2
6
Sol Le Witt, 1979 June 5
2 videocassettes (u-matic)
Tape 6 labeled "second con't of Sol Lewitt's interview and workings for piece on the promenade"
Tapes labeled 4 and 6; no other tapes from this interview are found in the collection.
2
7
Ed Paschke, 1982 February 24
5 videocassettes (u-matic)
3
1-3
Wall Painting - Ryman, Hafif, Pozzi, Jackson, Yasuda
(1979), 1979 March 19-21
7 videocassettes (u-matic)
Original numbers on tapes do not reflect sequence. Tape numbers listed reflect archival arrangement.
  • Lucio Pozzi
    (tapes 1-2)
  • Marcia Hafif
    (tapes 2 and 4)
  • Richard Jackson
    (tapes 2-3)
  • Robert Ryman
    (tapes 4-6)
  • Robert Yasuda
    (tapes 4 and 7)
Tapes include interviews and footage of artists working, including:
3
4-7
Kick out the jams: Detroit's Cass Corridor 1963-1977
(1981), 1981
2 videocassettes (u-matic)
Interviews on tapes include:
  • Jackie Feigenson
    (tape 1)
  • Ellen Phelan
    (part 1 of 2, tape 2)
3
8
Kick out the jams: Detroit's Cass Corridor 1963-1977
(1981), 1981
7 videocassettes (u-matic)
Interviews on tapes include:
  • Ellen Phelan
    (part 2 of 2, tape 3)
  • Suzanne Hillberry
    (tapes 3-4)
  • John Egner
    (tapes 4-5)
  • John Piet
    (tapes 6-7)
  • Michael Luchs
    (tapes 8-9)
4
1-4
Eleven Chicago Artists
(1983)
Sylvester Britton, 1983 July 8
5 videocassettes (u-matic)
4
5-7
Eleven Chicago Artists
(1983)
David Gremp, 1983 July 15
6 videocassettes (u-matic)
5
1-3
Richard Hull, 1983 July 26
5 videocassettes (u-matic)
5
4-6
Michiko Itatani, 1983 August 11
3 videocassettes (u-matic)
5
7-8
Eleven Chicago Artists
(1983)
Linda Kramer, 1983 June 29
4 videocassettes (u-matic)
6
1-2
Geraldine McCullough, 1983 July 12
6 videocassettes (u-matic)
6
3-5
Dan Ramirez, 1983 July 7
5 videocassettes (u-matic)
6
6-8
Eleven Chicago Artists
(1983)
Buzz Spector, 1983 July 24
4 videocassettes (u-matic)
7
1-2
Margaret Wharton, 1983 July 29
5 videocassettes (u-matic)
Tape 5 labeled "Inserts"
7
3-5
Ann Wilson, 1983 July 28
5 videocassettes (u-matic)
7
6-8
Eleven Chicago Artists
(1983)
Karl Wirsum, 1983 July 27
5 videocassettes (u-matic)
8
1-3
Karl Wirsum, "Shaking in the Cape of Good Hope" (Edited Program), 1983
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
8
4
"Mies van der Rohe Remembered" Program
Dirk Lohan, 1986
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
8
5
George Danforth, 1986 March 31
2 videocassettes (u-matic)
8
6
Franz Schulze, 1986 April 28-29
2 videocassettes (u-matic)
8
7

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