Oral history interview with Lia Cook

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.cook06
Creators:
Cook, Lia, 1942-
Baizerman, Suzanne
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Dates:
2006 August 22-29
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
36 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Lia Cook conducted 2006 August 22-29, by Suzanne Baizerman, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in the artist's studio, in Berkeley, California.
Scope and Contents
Cook speaks of her childhood in California; studying political science at University of California, Berkeley; being strongly influenced by the textiles of Mexican cultures; studying weaving at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design and Handarbetets Vänner in Stockholm, Sweden; attending graduate school at Berkeley under Ed Rossbach; a strong interest in photography; teaching experiences at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; participating in the Lausanne International Biennial of Tapestry in Switzerland; the impact of the digital Jacquard loom on the development of her work; travels throughout Europe and Japan; commission work; experiences with Allrich Gallery, Hadler/Rodriguez Gallery, and Perimeter Gallery; series Fabric Landscape, Material Pleasure, Point of Touch, Presence/Absence, and Anatomy of a Portrait; her involvement with American Craft Council, European Textile Network, and College Art Association; and the importance of teaching in her life. Cook also recalls Gyongy Laky, Nance O'Banion, Deborah Rappaport, Sheila Hicks, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Peter and Ritzi Jacobi, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Lia Cook (1942- ) is a textile painter of Berkeley, California. Suzanne Baizerman (1942- ) is an independent curator of Alameda, California.

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 as 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 23 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 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Decorative arts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Looms Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photography Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Political science -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Textile fabrics -- Mexico Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weaving -- Equipment and supplies Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weaving -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Europe -- description and travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Japan -- Description and Travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Abakanowicz, Magdalena Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hicks, Sheila, 1934- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jacobi, Peter, 1935- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jacobi, Ritzi, 1941- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Laky, Gyöngy, 1944- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
O'Banion, Nance Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rappaport, Deborah Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rossbach, Ed Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Allrich Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Craft Council Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
College Art Association of America Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
European Textile Network Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hadler Galleries Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Haystack Mountain School of Crafts -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Konstfack (Stockholm, Sweden) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Perimeter Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
University of California, Berkeley -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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