Oral history interview with Leroy Davis and Cecily Langdale
Portions of this collection are digitized

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.davis07
Creators:
Davis, Leroy
Langdale, Cecily
Berman, Avis
Dates:
2007 June 26-August 7
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
119 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Leroy Davis and Cecily Langdale conducted 2007 June 26-August 7, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art, in New York, New York.
Scope and Contents
Davis speaks of losing his parents at a young age; attending music school in Philadelphia; studying at Tyler School of Fine Arts and the Barnes Foundation; usage of the word "art" in terms of music and painting; being drafted into the Air Force during World War II; opening a gallery in New York City; working as a framer on the side; working on the White House Fine Arts Commission; selling English watercolors. Langdale speaks of focusing on history, literature, and art history in college; working on shows at Hirschl & Adler gallery; opening a gallery with Davis; writing a book on monotypes. Davis also recalls Aaron Shikler, Boris Bly, Arthur Penn, Violette de Mazia, Albert C. Barnes, Louis Bouché, Terry Ritter Davis, David Levine, Herman Gundersheimer, Arthur Penn, Minnie Cushing, Paul Mellon, Jackie Kennedy, Jock Whitney, and others. Langdale also recalls Robert Walker, Richard Cowdery, Meredith Long, Seymour Remenick, Dr. Thomas Conroy, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Leroy Davis (1922- ) is an art dealer from New York, New York. Cecily Langdale is an art dealer from New York, New York and Avis Berman is a writer and art historian from New York, New York.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Sponsor
Funding for this interview was provided by the Widgeon Point Charitable Foundation. 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 1 sound cassette, 3 sound discs, and 3 data compact discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 50 min.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The transcript and recording are open for research. Contact Reference Services for more information.
System Details
Originally recorded on 1 cassette, 3 sound discs, and 3 data compact discs.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
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Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gallery owners -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gallery owners -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Shikler, Aaron, 1922- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barnes, Albert C. (Albert Coombs), 1872-1951 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bly, Boris Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
De Mazia, Violette, 1899- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Davis, Terry Ritter Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bouché, Louis, 1896-1969 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Levine, David, 1926-2009 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Penn, Arthur, 1922- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hirschl & Adler Galleries Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tyler School of Art -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barnes Foundation -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Widgeon Point Charitable Foundation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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