Oral history interview with Don Baum

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.baum86
Creators:
Baum, Don, 1922-
Prince, Sue Ann
Dates:
1986 January 31-May 13
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 Sound cassettes
Sound recording
analog
108 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Don Baum conducted 1986 January 31 and May 13, by Sue Ann Kendall, for the Archives of American Art, in Chicago, Illinois.
Scope and Contents
Baum speaks about his childhood in Michigan; interests during his college years at Michigan State; classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; friendship with artists such as Miyoko Ito and Ethel Spears; the Institute of Design and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy; faculty and classes at the University of Chicago; jam sessions at Gertrude Abercrombie's home; teaching at Roosevelt University; the influence of travel; June Leaf; Leon Golub; psychoanalysis and its influence on his work; collage; The Hyde Park Art Center; objects with a magical aura; writing and writers; dolls; the relationship of self to art; outsider art; transformation; Joseph Cornell; the Hairy Who artists; collectors; the Museum of Contemporary Art; the Illinois Arts Council; Chicago art and artists; and travel in Indonesia.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Don Baum (1922-2008) was a sculptor, assemblage artist, curator, and educator from Chicago, Illinois.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available on line.
Author
Sponsor
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives' 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 others.

General
General
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 23 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Patrons must use transcript.
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Psychoanalysis and art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Study and teaching -- Illinois -- Chicago Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Assemblage (Art) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Art Schools -- Illinois -- Chicago Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cornell, Joseph Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Golub, Leon, 1922-2004 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ito, Miyoko, 1918-1983 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Moholy-Nagy, László, 1895-1946 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Spears, Ethel, 1903-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Leaf, June, 1929- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Abercrombie, Gertrude, 1909-1977 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Roosevelt University Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Illinois Arts Council Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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