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Series 3 | A Finding Aid to the Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt papers, 1905-1987, bulk 1952-1987

Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt papers, 1905-1987, bulk 1952-1987

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Series 3: Interview Transcripts, 1966-1973
11 folders
Box 2

This series includes nine interview transcripts with Robert Smithson. Topics include his general philosophy on art; contemporary art in relation to its historical context; non-sites, earthworks, entropy, space, and structures; the relationship between artists and dealers, museums, and collectors; and his most influential works, including
Spiral Jetty
,
Broken Circle
, and
Spiral Hill
.
The Alan Kaprow and Rodger Katan transcript (1966) focuses on the relationship between museums and contemporary art. The transcript with Dennis Wheeler (1969-1970) consists of 4 taped, informal sessions discussing Smithson's general philosophy on art, non-sites, and specific projects. In the Paul Toner transcript (1970), Smithson discusses earthworks, mirror displacements, non-sites, and art's historical context. The Gregorie Muller transcript [1971] focuses on the background and construction of
Broken Circle
and
Spiral Hill
. The Art Institute of Chicago transcript (1971) records Smithson's question and answer session with the audience after a showing of his films
Swamp
and
Spiral Jetty
. In the Bruce Kurtz transcript (1972), Smithson informally discusses artists' relationships with dealers, museums, and collectors; gallery art's general separation from nature; capitalism's influence and intersection with art; and his 1966 airport projects.
The Stella Russell (1973) transcript focuses on
Spiral Jetty
,
Broken Circle
, and
Spiral Hill
. In the Alison Sky transcript (1973), Smithson discusses his thoughts on entropy, the act of building, and its intersection with the architectural and engineering mechanics of structure. In Smithson's transcript with two unidentified students (1973), he discusses modernism and the branching off of developing contemporary art; public sculpture; historical context, theory, linguistics, and humanism; and thoughts on his own writings. The transcript with Moira Roth (1973) focuses on Duchamp and conceptual art.
There is also a full transcript of the Andrew Dickson White Museum's Earth Art Symposium (1969) with the following participating artists: Mike Hiezer, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Smithson, Neil Jenney, Gunther Uecker, Jan Dibbets, Richard Long, and Hans Haacke.
This series is arranged in chronological order by year of the interview.
DescriptionContainer
Robert Smithson and Rodger Katan with Alan Kaprow, "What is a Museum? Notes of Meeting on Museums,", 1966
2
47
Transcript of Earth Art Symposium, Cornell University, 1969
2
48
Robert Smithson with Dennis Wheeler, 1969-1970
2
49
Robert Smithson with Paul Toner, 1970
2
50
Robert Smithson with Gregoire Miller, circa 1971
2
51
Robert Smithson at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1971
2
52
Robert Smithson with Bruce Kurtz, 1972
2
53
Robert Smithson with Stella Russell, 1973
2
54
Robert Smithson with Alison Sky, "Entropy Made Visible,", 1973
2
55
Robert Smithson with Two Students, 1973
2
56
Robert Smithson with Moira Roth, 1973
2
57

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