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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.

Eloise O. Spaeth Oral History Interview Conducted by Paul Cummings for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1973

PAUL CUMMINGS:  This is on. Say it's the sixth of February 1973 Paul Cummings talking with Eloise Spaeth.

ELOISE SPAETH:  Do you want me to tell my age?

PAUL CUMMINGS:  No, we have that anyway.

ELOISE SPAETH:  Yes. It's all right for you to have it.

PAUL CUMMINGS:  It's all right. It's in a record somewhere. You were born in Decatur, Illinois.

ELOISE SPAETH:  Decatur, Illinois.

PAUL CUMMINGS:  Right, right, and do you have brothers or sisters? Are there many or a few of you?

Sonia Wolfson Oral History Interview Conducted by Ilene Susan Fort for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1990

Sonia Wolfson (b.1903 d. 1997)

Art Critic, Beverly Hills, California

Interviewer: Ilene Susan Fort

Interview with Sonia Wolfson, conducted by Ilene Susan Fort for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, at Wolfson's home in Beverly Hills, California, on August 19, 1990. Wolfson speaks of her childhood in New York; moving to California in the 1980s; writing for California Graphic and Game and Gossip; traveling to view various art collections in San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland, Toledo, Washington D.C., and Europe; working as a secretary for three days at Columbia Studio; working as a writer and art critic for Stendhal Art Galleries in Los Angeles; taking a job for 20th Century Fox as a unit publicist in 1933 during the Depression. Wolfson discusses several of the actors she worked with, including Jane Withers, Darryl Zanuck, George Arliss, and Winfield Sheehan; she reminisces about writing about the 1925-26 Pan-American Exhibition in Los Angeles.

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Allen Ruppersberg Oral History Interview Conducted by Avis Berman for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2017

AVIS BERMAN:  This is Avis Berman interviewing Allen Ruppersberg for the Archives of American Art oral history program on October 27, 2017, in his studio in Brooklyn.

I start the same way with everyone. Would you please state your full name and date of birth?

ALLEN RUPPERSBERG:  Allen Ruppersberg. January 5, 1944.

Tom Blackwell Oral History Interview Conducted by Judith Richards for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2009

JUDITH RICHARDS:  This is Judith Richards interviewing Tom Blackwell in Andes, New York, on September 22, 2009 for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, disc one.

Tom, let's begin with you family background, if you can talk about your relatives—

TOM BLACKWELL:  My family background, I was born in Chicago, 1938.

JUDITH RICHARDS:  What was the exact date?

TOM BLACKWELL:  March 9, and so I'm not quite a baby boomer, pre-baby boom.

JUDITH RICHARDS:  Where did your grandparents come from?

Billy Wilder Oral History Interview Conducted by Paul Karlstrom for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1995

PAUL KARLSTROM:  This is the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution a conversation with Billy Wilder at his office in Beverly Hills. The interviewer is Paul Karlstrom, and present, and also instrumental, is Louis Stern [owner of Louis Stern Fine Art in Los Angeles]. We have been chatting for a while already, and Billy has graciously agreed to continue chatting informally for a few moments, a half hour or so. You were talking about your early years, your father and your background.

Nanette Laitman Oral History Interview Conducted by Mija Riedel for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2009

MIJA RIEDEL:  This is Mija Riedel for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art with Nanette Laitman in her home in New York City on March 29, 2009. This is disc number one.

NANETTE LAITMAN:  May—it's May.

MIJA RIEDEL:  Thank you. May 29, 2009. Disc number one.

So thank you so much for making time to do this.

NANETTE LAITMAN:  Oh it's a great pleasure.

April Gornik Oral History Interview Conducted by Robert Enright for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2008

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ROBERT ENRIGHT: It's Monday, June 2, 2008. I'm Robert Enright, and I'm in Sag Harbor, New York, to interview April Gornik for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. This is tape one.

You know, I don't know much about Cleveland. And I want to get you to reminisce about growing up there and what it was like. And obviously, this is only the context of you being an artist. But I'm interested in knowing what your memories of the city are and what it was like growing up there.

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