Oral history interview with Herman Cherry

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.cherry65
Creators:
Cherry, Herman
Phillips, Harlan B. (Harlan Buddington), 1920-
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Dates:
1965 September
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
36 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Herman Cherry conducted 1965 September, by Harlan Phillips. Cherry speaks of his background and education; the Depression's effect on him; his first association with the WPA Federal Art Project; working for Stanton Macdonald-Wright; how the project functioned; trying to create an "American style" in painting; the team approach to creating murals; the effect of the project on individual artists and their styles; experimenting with materials; unions and political problems; social interaction between artists on the project; the current art market; his overall view of the Federal Art Project. He recalls Thomas Hart Benton.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Herman Cherry (1909-1992) was a painter, mural painter, lithographer, craftsman, writer, and teacher in New York, New York.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3949 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 8 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Keywords
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Federal aid to the arts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mural painting and decoration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lithographers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artisans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Muralists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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