Oral history interview with Dennis Adrian

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.adrian15
Creators:
Adrian, Dennis, 1937-
Silverman, Lanny
Dates:
2015 October 8-9
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
4 Items
Sound recording: 4 sound files (4 hr., 18 min.)
digital, wav
173 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview with Dennis Adrian conducted 2015 October 8-9, by Lanny Silverman, for the Archives of American Art's Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project, at Adrian's home in Seaside, Oregon.
Scope and Contents
Adrian speaks of growing up in Astoria; traveling to Chicago and New York; Cannon Beach; aging and getting older; his origins; curators and curating; visual sensibilities; the Portland Public Library; opera; his parents, grandparents, and family; Finnish sensibility and humor; Portland Art Museum and classes for children; curator as voyeur; credit and accomplishments; hands on experiences; Artforum; art history; attending University of Chicago; homosexuality and coming out; looted European masterworks; Botticelli; exposure to real art; connoisseurship; collectors and collecting; a Robert Louis Stevenson letter; violin making; growing into yourself; Chicago; war; New York University; Frumkin Gallery; New York; the art world; Madison Art Center; Akron Art Museum; friendship and role models; Art Institute of Chicago; meeting Mies van der Rohe; meeting idols; education; Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Monster Roster; traveling; Chicago art politics; writing and critics; Eurocentric curators; Chicago as an undervalued city; Dog Day Afternoon; discovering art; New York sightings; and experiences running into artists. Adrian also recalls Roger Brown, Ruth Horwich, Gilda Buchbinder, Don Baum, Sherman Lee, Victor Carlson, Peter Voulkos, Lawrence Alloway, Rhona Hoffman, Allan Frumkin, June Leaf, Leon Golub, Jeremy Anderson, Robert Barnes, Tom Garver, Bruce Conner, Natasha Nicholson, H. C. Westermann, Franz Schulze, Bertha Harris Wiles, Muriel Newman, Aaron James Spire, Lillian Florsheim, John Maxon, Greg Knight, P.B. Maryan, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Sleigh, Nancy Spero, Irving Petlin, John Coplans, Alan Artner, Alice Shaddle, Phyllis Kind, Andy Warhol, Joseph Cornell, Tilda Swinton, Leo Castelli, Philip Guston, Dubuffet, Pussy Pepke, Bumpy Rogers, Barbara Rossi, Christina Ramberg, Philip Hanson, Miyoko Ito, Mark Jackson, Rolf Achilles, and Vito Acconci.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Dennis Adrian (1937- ) is an art critic, educator, and curator in Chicago, Illinois. Lanny Silverman (1947- ) is a curator at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Author
Sponsor
Funding for this interview was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
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Acconci, Vito, 1940- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Achilles, Rolf Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Alloway, Lawrence, 1926-1990 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anderson, Jeremy, 1921-1982 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artner, Alan G. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barnes, Robert, 1934- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baum, Don, 1922- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Coronado, Francisco Vásquez de, 1510-1554 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brown, Roger, 1941-1997 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carlson, Victor I. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Castelli, Leo Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Conner, Bruce, 1933-2008 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Florsheim, Lillian H. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Frumkin, Allan Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Garver, Thomas H. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Golub, Leon, 1922-2004 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Hanson, Philip, 1943- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hoffman, Rhona, 1934- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Kind, Phyllis, 1933-2018 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig, 1886-1969 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Nicholson, Natasha, 1945- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Petlin, Irving, 1934-2018 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Schulze, Franz, 1927-2019 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Spero, Nancy, 1926-2009 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Westermann, H. C. (Horace Clifford), 1922- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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