A Finding Aid to the Brooklyn Museum Interviews of Artists,
1965-1968
, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.broomuse
Creators:
Brooklyn Museum
Dates:
1965-1968
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
7 Linear feet
Repository:
Interviews of 72 artists, and transcripts for all but five, conducted by Arlene Jacobowitz, the Associate Curator for the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum, between 1965 and 1968. The artists discuss their work in the museum collection. Also included are 38 edited excerpts of the interviews, approximately 2-3 min. in length, used as "audio-labels" in the 1968 "Listening to Pictures" installation at the museum.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
Interviews of 72 artists, and transcripts for all but five, conducted by Arlene Jacobowitz, the Associate Curator for the Department of Painting and Sculpture, between 1965 and 1968. The artists discuss their work in the museum collection. Also included are 38 edited excerpts of the interviews, approximately 2-3 min. in length, used as "audio-labels" in the 1968 "Listening to Pictures" installation.
The artists interviewed are: Lennart Anderson, Stephen B. Antonakos, Marshall Arisman, Walter Barker, Leonard Baskin, Mary Bauermeister, Thomas Hart Benton, Isabel Bishop, Robert Brackman, Sydney Butchkes, Edmund Casarella, George Constant, Robert Warren Dash, Jose DeCreeft, Blanche Dombek, Tom Doyle, Jimmy Ernst, Neil Estern, Philip Evergood, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Leon Goldin, Sidney Goodman, Sante Graziani, Balcomb Greene, John Grillo, William Gropper, Chaim Gross, Roy Gussow, Robert Gwathmey, Grace Hartigan, Edward Hopper, Nora Jaffe, Paul Jenkins, Minoru Kawabata, William Kienbusch, Karl Knaths, John Koch, Yayoi Kosama, Jennett Lam, Steven Lang, Robert Laurent, Jacob Lawrence, Jack Levine, Jacques Lipchitz, Seymour Lipton, Boris Margo, Ursula Meyer, Hans Moller, Walter Murch, Louise Nevelson, Toshio Odate, Elliot Offner, Douglas Ohlson, Kenzo Okada, Amanda Palmer, Irene Rice Pereira, Gabor Peterdi, Ad Reinhardt, Bill Richards, Larry Rivers, Emilio Sanchez, Karl Schrag, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, Aaron Sopher, Moses Soyer, Raphael Soyer, William Thon, Albert Weinberg, and William and Marguerite Zorach.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as a single series:
  • Series 1: Interviews, 1965-1968 (Box 1-7; 7 lin. ft.)

Historical Note
Historical Note
The interview program at the Brooklyn Museum was begun by Arlene Jacobowitz in the spring of 1965 with artists whose works were on exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. In 1968, excerpts from the interviews were incorporated into an exhibition entitled "Listening to Pictures," in which visitors could access the sound recordings using headphones while standing before the painting being discussed. The exhibition opened April 28, 1968, and was gradually disassembled, 1971-1973.

Administration
Location of Originals
Almost all of the transcripts in this collection are photocopies. Original transcripts can be found in the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives.
Alternative Forms Available
All of the sound recordings in this collection were digitized for preservation and research access in 2009 and are available at the Archives of American Art offices.
Processing Information
The sound recordings in this collection were preserved in digital format in 2009, at which time the metal cans in which the reels had been housed were discarded and replaced with archival plastic cans. The entire collection was re-housed, arranged, and described in 2010 by Megan McShea.
Author
Megan McShea
Provenance
This collection was donated to the Archives of American Art by Dierdre Lawrence of the Brooklyn Museum in 1989.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Interview between [artist's name] and [interviewer's name] from the "Listening to Pictures" program of the Brooklyn Museum. Gift of the Brooklyn Museum. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Restrictions on Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Researchers may view the original reels for the archival notations on them, but original reels are not available for playback due to fragility.
Ownership and Literary Rights
Authorization to quote or reproduce for purposes of publication requires written permission from the interviewee.

Related Material
The Brooklyn Museum Archives houses the records of the Departments of European Painting and Sculpture, American Painting and Sculpture, Contemporary Art (1897-2005), which contain records relating to the work of Arlene Jacobowitz.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Artists -- United States -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, American -- Exhibitions Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Transcripts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schrag, Karl Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Soyer, Moses, 1899-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sopher, Aaron, 1905-1972 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Thon, William, 1906-2000 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Okada, Kenzo, 1902-1982 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ohlson, Douglas Dean, 1936- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Palmer, Amanda, 1931- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Peterdi, Gabor Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rivers, Larry, 1925-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Richards, Bill, 1936- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weinberg, Albert Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zorach, Marguerite, 1887-1968 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jenkins, Paul, 1923-2012 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jaffe, Nora Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jacobowitz, Arlene Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Koch, John, 1909-1978 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sanchez, Emilio, 1921-1999 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kienbusch, William, 1914-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice), 1902-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kawabata, Minoru, 1911- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Grillo, John, 1917- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Greene, Balcomb, 1904-1990 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Graziani, Sante, 1920- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hartigan, Grace Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gwathmey, Robert, 1903-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gussow, Roy, 1918-2011 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Meyer, Ursula, 1915- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Moller, Hans, 1905- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Listening to pictures (1968-1973: Brooklyn Museum) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Margo, Boris, 1902-1995 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Odate, Toshio Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Offner, Elliot Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Murch, Walter Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lang, Steven, 1944-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kosama, Yayoi Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lam, Jennett, 1911- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lipton, Seymour, 1903-1986 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-2000 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dombek, Blanche, 1914- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
De Creeft, José, 1884-1982 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dash, Robert Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Constant, George Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Casarella, Edmond, 1920-1996 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Butchkes, Sydney, 1922- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brackman, Robert, 1898- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goodman, Sidney Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goldin, Leon, 1923- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Freilicher, Jane, 1924- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Evergood, Philip, 1901-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Estern, Neil, 1926- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gropper, William, 1897-1977 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ernst, Jimmy, 1920-1984 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Doyle, Tom, 1928- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zorach, William, 1887-1966 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Levine, Jack, 1915-2010 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baskin, Leonard, 1922-2000 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bauermeister, Mary, 1934- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arisman, Marshall Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barker, Walter Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anderson, Lennart, 1928- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Antonakos, Stephen, 1926-2013 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Laurent, Robert, 1890-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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