Oral history interview with Ted Gilien

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.gilien65
Creators:
Gilien, Ted, 1914-1967
McGlynn, Betty Hoag
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Dates:
1965 Mar. 3
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 Sound tape reels
Sound recording
3 in.
35 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Ted Gilien conducted 1965 Mar. 3, by Betty Hoag, for the Archives of American Art. Gilien speaks of his background and education; getting on the WPA Federal Art Project; starting out as an assistant mural painter on Ellis Island; his military service in World War II as a combat artist; working in New York City and then in California after World War II; experimenting in screenwriting and novel writing; recurring themes in his paintings; his feelings about the FAP; art criticism; the politics of government support for the arts; camaraderie among artists during the WPA years. He recalls Leonard Bocour and Jack Levine.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Ted Gilien (1914-1967) was a painter and muralist in New York, N.Y. and Los Angeles, Calif.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview 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
An unrelated interview of Charles White (3/9/65) conducted by B. Hoag is also on one tape.
General
An interview of F. J. Schwankovsky (3/1/65) conducted by B. Hoag is also on one tape.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
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Keywords
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Art and state Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Federal aid to the arts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Mural painting and decoration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Muralists -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- California -- 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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Bocour, Leonard, 1910-1993 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Levine, Jack, 1915-2010 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Federal Art Project (New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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