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Jon Shirley Oral History Interview Conducted by Mija Riedel for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2018

MIJA RIEDEL:  This is Mija Riedel with Jon Shirley at his home in—Medina?

JON SHIRLEY:  Yes.

MIJA RIEDEL:  Medina, Washington, on August 7, 2018, for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, and the Frick Collection. This is card number one.

So, thank you for making time today and for showing me the extraordinary collection before we started. That was a real treat.

JON SHIRLEY:  Well, you're welcome.

MIJA RIEDEL:  So this house, as we were saying, was built in 2001 to house your collection.

JON SHIRLEY:  That's right.

Allen Stuart Weller Oral HIstory Interview Conducted by Stephen Polcari for the Archives of American Art, 1992

Allen Stuart Weller (b. 1906 d. 1997)

NAME OF CRAFT, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

Interviewer: Stephen Polcari

 

Interview with Allen Stuart Weller, conducted by Stephen Polcair for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, on May 1, 1992. Weller discusses his early training and his teaching career; traveling to Europe in the 1920s; the first American art courses offered at Princeton; working with the army to preserve monuments during WWII; teaching modern art during the 1950s; and the beginnings of the College Art Association.

Total: 2 digital files; 1:28:20;  24 pages

 

John Gilmore Oral History Interview Conducted by Robert Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1991

John Gilmore (b.1910 d. 1997 )

Lawyer, Art Administration, Osterville, Massachusetts

Interviewer: Robert Brown

Interview of John Gilmore, conducted by Robert Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, at Osterville, Massachusetts, on September 5, 1991. Gilmore recalls his childhood in Madison, Wisconsin; growing up in a house built by Frank Lloyd Wright; living in the Phillipines; becoming interested in art history through his sister, Elizabeth Gilmore Holt; his career as a lawyer for the Treasury Dept. in Washington, D.C.; and his involvement in the creation of the American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic Monuments in War Areas.

Total: 2 digital files; 1:25:50; 21 pages

Margueritte Kimball Oral History Interview Conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1993

Margueritte Eleanor Kimball (b. 1906 d. 1995)

Arts Administration, Clinton, Massachusetts

Interviewer: Robert F. Brown

Interview of Margueritte Kimball, conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, at Clinton, Massachusetts, on March 1, 1993 and April 13, 1993.  Kimball discusses her childhood in Clinton, Massachusetts. and Nashua, New Hampshire in the family of a railroad employee; death of her father and move, in 1926, to Cambridge, Massachusetts where her mother worked as a milliner and opened a dressmaking business; training in bookkeeping; classes at Copley Society, Boston; enrollment at Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1942, and working as financial secretary there until 1968; and her friendship with Carl and Olga Milles. She recalls Eliel and Loja Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Zoltan Sepeshy, and many other teachers and students, and comments on students who attended via the G.I. Bill and on teacher-student relationships and administration of the academy. Artist and friend John Lawrence joins the end of the interview in the last audio file.

Total: 4 digital files; 2:31:00; 81 pages

Art Green Oral History Interview Conducted by Lanny Silverman for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2015

LANNY SILVERMAN:  Hi, this is Lanny Silverman for the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art. I'm with Art Green, and it's September 17 and I'm about to interview him forthwith.

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LANNY SILVERMAN:  So, Art, I guess the first question is the obvious one. Where and when were you born?

Art Green: I was born in Frankfort, Indiana, in 1941.

LANNY SILVERMAN:  And—

ART GREEN:  Frankfort, Indiana is the county seat of Clinton County, I think. It was the home of night baseball so I'm told [laughs]—

John Dugdale Oral History Interview Conducted by Theodore Kerr for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2017

THEODORE KERR: This is Ted Kerr interviewing John Dugdale at the artist's home in New York, New York on January 17, 2017 for the Archives of American Arts Smithsonian Institution, card number one.

Good afternoon, John.

JOHN DUGDALE: Good afternoon, Ted.

THEODORE KERR: Thank you for inviting me into your home and letting us ask you some questions.

JOHN DUGDALE: It's an honor.

THEODORE KERR: Yeah, I mean—I think a good first question is tell me your—share with me your earliest memory.

Julie Tolentino Oral History Interview Conducted by Alex Fialho for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2018

ALEX FIALHO:  This is Alex Fialho interviewing Julie Tolentino in the East Village, New York City, on April 11th, 2018 for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, card number one. Julie, let's start at the beginning. When and where were you born? And can you describe your family structure and dynamic a little bit?

Edouard du Buron Oral History Interview Conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1993

Edouard du Buron (b. 1905 d. 1996)

Gallery and Museum Director, Kingston, Massachusetts

Interviewer: Robert F. Brown

Interview of Edouard du Buron, conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, at du Buron's home in Kingston, Massachusetts, on March 9, 1993 and May 13, 1993. Du Buron discusses his childhood in Worcester, Massachusetts in a poor family with an abusive father and his rearing in various Catholic orphanages; his loss of religion in his youth and growing up as a French-Canadian in New England; his career as a solo dancer in Boston (1925-32) and as a member of the Ruth St. Denis Troupe (1932-38); his dance career in New York City in the late 1930s and his job as a display designer at Filene's department store in Boston (1942-45). Du Buron was a dancer and later an art gallery and museum director from Brockton, Massachusetts.Du Buron died in 1996 before the completion of the interview and discussion of his work as a gallery and museum director.

Total: 8 digital files; 5:33:08; 106 pages

Samuel Clayberger Oral History Interview Conducted by Paul Karlstrom for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1999

Samuel Clayberger (b. 1926 d. 2018)

Painter, Los Angeles, California

Interviewer: Paul Karlstrom

Interview of Samuel Clayberger, conducted by Paul Karlstrom for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, at Clayberger's studio in Los Angeles, California, on September 1, 1999. Clayberger discusses his preference for working with non-professional models because they are involved in a process of self-discovery that, in his experience, brings a special energy and vitality to the sessions. The artist discussed this phenomenon as he has observed it in several of his favorite models spanning the years 1965 to 1999. Also described were differences between their attitudes and degree of comfort in the studio situation. He spoke candidly about the models, how their individual personalities were reflected in their poses and studio behavior, and his different relationships to them.

Total: 3 digital files; 1:32:33; 33 pages

Harold Tovish Oral History Interview Conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1974

HAROLD TOVISH: Okay, let's have a—let's hear how that sounds.

ROBERT BROWN:  Right.

HAROLD TOVISH:  Okay, let's hear how that sounds. [Audio break.]

ROBERT BROWN:  Second interview of June 24, 1974. Now, you have been talking last about teaching, and, you know, we could begin today asking you about your teaching. When did you begin teaching? Right after you, uh, had been to Paris?

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