Oral history interview with Claudia DeMonte

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.demont91
Creators:
DeMonte, Claudia, 1947-
Kirwin, Liza
Dates:
1991 February 13- April 24
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
54 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Claudia DeMonte conducted 1991 February 13-1991 April 24, by Liza Kirwin, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
DeMonte recalls her childhood and growing up in Astoria, New York; her Italian heritage and Catholic education; her early work including the "trade pieces"; the calendar she produced for the Corcoran Gallery show "Five Plus One" in 1976; her marriage to artist Ed McGowin; moving from Washington, D.C. to New York; the making and meaning of her "Claudia dolls"; exhibiting at the Gracie Mansion Gallery; the art community in the East Village in the early 1980's; the dealer Gracie Mansion; gallery representation outside of New York; critical acceptance of her art; collecting the work of Southern self-taught artists and the influence of Sister Gertrude Morgan and James Son Ford Thomas; work methods and techniques; autobiographical and feminist themes; teaching at the university of Maryland from 1972 to the present; and new directions in her art.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Claudia DeMonte (1947- ) is a painter, mixed-media artist, and instructor of College Park, Maryland and New York, New York.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available online.
Author
Sponsor
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
These interviews are 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 others.

General
General
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 22 min.

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

Keywords
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Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Art -- East Village (New York, N.Y.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- Maryland -- College Park -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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McGowin, Ed, 1938- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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