Oral history interview with Mel Casas

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.casas96
Creators:
Casas, Mel, 1929-2014
Karlstrom, Paul J.
Dates:
1996 August 14 and 16
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
66 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Mel Casas conducted 1996 August 14-16, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Casas discusses his current work - dipped acrylic paintings in which technique and material become the subject; his involvement with Chicano art political issues and his own experience as a Mexican-American; a discussion of his family background; art education; early Abstract Expressionist painting; a shift to figuration; thirty years teaching at San Antonio College; the Chicano "movimiento"; and Chicano art and key figures, including Carlos Almaraz and Carmen Lomas Garza.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Mel Casas (1929-) is a painter from San Antonio, Texas.

Administration
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 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 5 min.

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

Keywords
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Almaraz, Carlos Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lomas Garza, Carmen Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Incarnate Word College (San Antonio, Tex.) -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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