Oral history interview with Morris Broderson

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.broder98
Creators:
Broderson, Morris, 1928-2011
Karlstrom, Paul J.
Dates:
1998 March 11 and 13
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
66 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Morris Broderson conducted 1998 March 11 and 13, by Paul J. Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, at Broderson's home, in Los Angeles, California.
Scope and Contents
Broderson discusses his childhood and family background and the way in which he saw the world as a congenitally hearing impaired person; his first meeting with Joan Ankrum, who was married at the time to Broderson's uncle, Morris Ankrum; Ankrum's special interest in him, recognizing a talent for drawing, encouraging his learning to speak, and arranging art lessons at an early age; his recognition of Ankrum's marital unhappiness and encouragement for her to leave her husband; his art education through private lessons with Francis De Erdely; enrollment at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; his perspective on events in his relationship with Ankrum that led her to abandon her career as an actress and become an art dealer in order to show Broderson's work; exhibitions at the Ankrum Gallery; his favorite themes and subjects in his work and why he used them; his homosexuality and its possible reflection in his art; credit to Ankrum for her key role in his development as an artist; the role of his deafness in his interaction with the world and to a lesser extent, his artistic expression, but rejecting the idea that it was a determining factor; and his current series of paintings and hopes for the future.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Morris Gaylord Broderson (1928-2011) was a painter from Los Angeles, California.

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 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.

General
General
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 8 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Study and teaching -- California Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Deaf artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hearing impaired Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gay artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Deafness Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Ankrum, Joan Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ankrum, Morris, d. 1964 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
De Erdely, Francis, 1904-1959 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ankrum Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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