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Cyril Stanley Smith Oral History Interview Conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1992

Cyril Stanley Smith (b. 1903 d. 1992)

Metallurgist, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Interviewer: Robert F. Brown

Interview with Cyril Stanley Smith, conducted by Robert F. Brown  for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on March 18 and April 1, 1992. Smith speaks of his childhood in Birmingham, England; early immersion in analysis of materials; education at Cambridge University; research at Yale University; his work as chief metallurgist on the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos, N.M., where the atomic bomb was developed, his colleagues there, including Enrico Fermi, Hans Bethe, and J. Robert Oppenheimer; the development of the interdisciplinary research center at the University of Chicago; his position at MIT, where he has been Institute Professor since 1961; and research in the connections between fabrication and aesthetics of art forms and technology.

Total: 4 digital files; 2:35:04; 50 pages

Eleanor Hershey Oral History Interview Conducted by Robert Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1990

Eleanor Hershey (b.1908 d. 1993)

Wife of Samuel Hershey, Rockport, Massachusetts

Interviewer: Robert Brown

Interview of Eleanor Hershey, conducted by Robert Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, at Hershey's home in Rockport, Massachusetts, on April 10, 1990. Hershey speaks of growing up in Rockport, Massachusetts; her recollections of the many artists she knew there, from the 1920s onward; the quality of art done by Rockport artists; the role of the Rockport Art Association; and her husband's career and colleagues at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Total: 4 digital files; 2:27:46; 42 pages

James Arthur Herbert Oral History Interview Conducted by Estill Curtis "Buck" Pennington for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1981

James Arthur Herbert (b. 1938)

Painter and Filmmaker, Athens, Georgia

Interviewer: Estill Curtis "Buck" Pennington

Interview of James Arthur Herbert, conducted by Estill Curtis "Buck" Pennington for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Athens, Georgia, on October 1, 1981. Herbert speaks of making art as a child; attending classes as an adolescent at Rhode Island School of Design; attending college at Dartmouth and working with Paul Sample while there; attending graduate school at the University of Colorado, Boulder and working with Clyfford Still; his thoughts on learning to paint and methods; his approach to figurative painting; preparing to enter the Peace Corps in Peru, but the assignment is cancelled due to uprising; accepting a position at the Unveristiy of Georgia; the balance of pedagogy and his own painting; creating films such as Night Horses; his thoughts and philosophies on being a painter.

Total: 1 digital files; 0:44:18; 16 pages

Monica Borglum Davies Oral History Interview Conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1990

Monica Borglum (b.1903 d. 1997)

Daughter of Solon Borglum, Wilton, Connecticut

Interviewer: Robert F. Brown

Interview with Monia Borglum Davies, conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Wilton, Connecticut, on May 9, 1990; November 29, 1990; and August 27, 1990. Davies speaks of childhood memories in Silvermine, Connecticut; her father, sculptor Solon H. Borglum, and her mother Emma Vignal. She recalls their artist friends, including Daniel Putnam Brinley and Addison Millar; her father's candid personality; her mother's family, which took in young American artists in Paris as boarders, including her father and Alphaeus Cole; Paul Manship as her father's student; tensions between the Solon and Gutzon Borglum families; Borglum's service with the YMCA in France 1918-19; his establishment of schools for American sculptors in Paris and New York, 1920-22 (School for American Sculpture); purchase of large figurative works by St. Mark's-in-the-Bouwerie, NYC; sudden death of her father and support received by the family from friends.

Total: 3 digital files; 2:13:33; 39 pages

Dianne Blell Oral History Interview Conducted by James McElhinney for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2012

JAMES MCELHINNEY:  OK, Chelsea, can you hear me?

CHELSEA: I can hear you.

JAMES MCELHINNEY:  OK.

DIANNE BLELL:  Are you allergic? Is he going to drive you crazy?

JAMES MCELHINNEY:  No. We'll be fine. Good.

DIANNE BLELL:  There's not much I can do about it. [They laugh.]

JAMES MCELHINNEY:  So we're rolling. This is James McElhinney speaking with Dianne Blell at her studio in Manhattan on Thursday, June the 21st, 2012. Good afternoon.

DIANNE BLELL:  Hello. [Laughs.]

Dara Birnbaum Oral History Interview Conducted by Linda Yablonsky for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2017

LINDA YABLONSKY:  This is Linda Yablonsky interviewing the artist Dara Birnbaum in her home studio in New York City—it is May 30, 2017—for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.  

Hi, Dara.

DARA BIRNBAUM:  Hi.

LINDA YABLONSKY:  Thank you for doing this.  I’ve always been interested in your work, and this is quite a great opportunity for me.  You were born in 1946, so that makes you 71 now?

DARA BIRNBAUM:  I’m 70.

LINDA YABLONSKY:  Seventy?

DARA BIRNBAUM:  Yeah.  [Laughs.]

Jennifer Bartlett Oral History Interview Conducted by James McElhinney for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2011

JAMES MCELHINNEY:  This is James McElhinney speaking with Jennifer Bartlett at her home and studio in Brooklyn on Friday June the 3rd, 2011.

Good morning.

JENNIFER BARTLETT:  Good morning.

MR. MCELHINNEY:  Where were you born?

MS. BARTLETT:  Long Beach, California.

MR. MCELHINNEY:  Really?

MS. BARTLETT:  [Laughs.]  Yes.

MR. MCELHINNEY:  And what was your childhood like?  Were you exposed to art at an early age?

Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Interview Conducted by Dorothy Seckler for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1965

DOROTHY SECKLER: This is Dorothy Seckler interviewing Robert Rauschenberg in New York, on December 21, 1965.  Robert, I have just been explaining to you why I am interested in taking the beginnings of this interview back to around the period of 1950.  Since critics so often, discuss your work in terms of its being, as they suggest, a bridge between abstract expressionism and Pop art, that it might be interesting to see how very different it is, and how distinct your attitudes and ideas were from either, and from the artists who were, figuring at either end of that bridge.

Sylvia Plimack Mangold Oral History Interview Conducted by William Weiss for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1994

WILLIAM WEISS:  July 7, 1994, interview with Sylvia Mangold for the Archives of American Art. Interviewer, Bill Weiss. [Audio break.] Okay. Okay, so you tell me the date and the place you were born.

SYLVIA PLIMACK MANGOLD:  I don't remember the hospital, but September 18, 1938, in New York City.

WILLIAM WEISS:  New York City?

SYLVIA PLIMACK MANGOLD:  The Bronx.

WILLIAM WEISS:  Okay, and tell me the name of your parents, and their occupations.

Stewart Klonis Oral History Interview Conducted by Paul Cummings for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1970

PAUL CUMMINGS:  This is Paul Cummings talking to Stewart Klonis in—what's the name of this room?

STEWART KLONIS:  This is just the board room.

PAUL CUMMINGS:  At the Art Students League. It's February 3, 1970. Let's see, why don't we start with when and where you were born.

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