Oral history interview with Harry Bertoia

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.bertoi72
Creators:
Bertoia, Harry
Cummings, Paul
Dates:
1972 June 20
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
33 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Harry Bertoia conducted 1972 June 20, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Bertoia speaks of his childhood in San Lorenzo, Italy; his family; his art education at Cass Technical School, the Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, and Cranbrook Academy; his early metal work and woodcuts; defense work with Charles Eames in Venice, California; development of Eames' prize-winning plywood chair; his chair designs for Knoll International; exhibitions of his sculpture; his experiments with sound and with "sonambient" sculpture; and techniques and materials. Bertoia also discusses his commissioned works for Manufacturer's Trust, General Motors, and Dulles Airport. He recalls John Carroll, Carl Milles, Eero Saarinen, Sarkis Sarkisian, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) was a sculptor and furniture designer.

Administration
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 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 1 min.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Design Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Designers -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Carroll, John, 1892-1959 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Eames, Charles Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Milles, Carl, 1875-1955 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Saarinen, Eero, 1910-1961 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sarkis, 1909-1977 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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