Oral history interview with Barbara Bloom

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.bloom12
Creators:
Bloom, Barbara, 1951-
McElhinney, James, 1952-
Dates:
2012 October 18-2013 January 31
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
9 Items
Sound recording: 9 sound files (6 hr., 12 min.)
digital, wav
132 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Barbara Bloom conducted 2012 October-2013 January 31, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art, at Bloom's home and studio, in New York, New York.
Scope and Contents
Bloom speaks of growing up in Brentwood, California; her first experience with art; her childhood and exposure to creativity; the influence of art and philosophy; going to museums as a kid; living in Monte Factor and then Los Angeles; her creative process, influences, and life as an artist; art mentors and art lessons with Cathy Herman; traveling with her family; her mom being an actress; attending Bennington College in Vermont, the 1960s, the and collage aesthetic; attending CalArt; the changes in art education at the university level; drugs use; Fluxus; John Cage and attending 4'33; living in Europe and specifically Netherlands, Germany, and Holland; books and love of reading; her daughter; the post-studio era; film and meta-movies; making "The Diamond Lane;" images and objects' connection to meanings; The Gaze; undressing the wall; Homage to Jean Seberg, Godard, Berlin; East Germany; being agnostic and Jewish; Venice Biennale; collectors; cycle of shows; MFA programs; The Tip of the Iceberg; surgeries; hospital visit, personal training, and recovery; The Seven Deadly Sins; her father; Tellus Magazine; Judaism; fabrications and drawings; archives; relationship between the artist and the viewer; her husband; 010011.net; recent show; and As It Were, So To Speak. Bloom also recalls Monte and Betty Factor, Ed Kienholz, Ron Kappe, Robbie Robe, Ray Kappe, Matt Mullican, Eric Orr, Robert Irwin, Doug Wheeler, Total: digital recordings; Claire Steinman, Rosemarie Trockel, Ash Grove, James Lee Byars, Frances Rey, Sidney Tillim, Norman O. Brown, Paul Cotton, Paul Brock, Buckminster Fuller, John Baldessari, Nam June Paik, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, Serge Tcherepnin, Simone Forte, Charlemagne Palestine, La Monte Young, David Salle, Eric Fischl, Marcel Broodthaers, Susan Sontag, Tim Maul, Caroline Tisdale, Marcel Duchamp, Laura Mulvey, John Berger, Oscar Wilde, Ed Ruscha, Isabella Kacprzak, Octavio Paz, Leo Castelli, Allen Ruppersberg, Jay Gorney, Claudia Gould, Susan Bronstein, Donald Judd, Robert DuGrenier, Pistoletto, Anthony Coleman, Mel Bochner, and Ken Saylor.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Barbara Bloom (1951- ) is a photographer, designer, and installation artist in New York, New York. James McElhinney (1952- ) is an artist and professor in New York, New York.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Author
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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Art -- Collectors and collecting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Designers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fluxus (Group of artists) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Judaism Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Europe -- description and travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Germany -- description and travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Germany (East) -- Description and Travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Holland -- Description and Travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Netherlands -- description and travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Baldessari, John, 1931- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Berger, John Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brock, Paul Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Broodthaers, Marcel Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Byars, James Lee Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Castelli, Leo Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cotton, Paul, 1939- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fischl, Eric, 1948- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gorney, Jay, 1896-1990 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gould, Claudia, (Art museum curator) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Higgins, Dick, 1938-1998 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Irwin, Robert, 1928- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Knowles, Alison, 1933- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kappe, Ray, 1927- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kienholz, Edward, 1927- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mullican, Matt, 1951- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mulvey, Laura Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Orr, Eric, 1939-1998 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Paik, Nam June, 1932- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Palestine, Charlemagne Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Paz, Octavio, 1914- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ruppersberg, Allen, 1944- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ruscha, Edward Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Salle, David, 1952- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sontag, Susan, 1933-2004 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tcherepnin, Serge Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tillim, Sidney, 1925- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Trockel, Rosemarie, 1952- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wheeler, Doug, 1939- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Young, La Monte Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bennington College -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
California Institute of the Arts -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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