Oral history interview with Sidney Gordin

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.gordin65
Creators:
Gordin, Sidney, 1918-1996
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994
Dates:
1965 Sept. 2
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
23 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Sidney Gordin conducted 1965 Sept. 2, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Gordin speaks of immigrating to the United States from Shanghai, China in 1922; being the class artist in grade school; attending Brooklyn Technical High School; studying at the WPA art school at the Brooklyn Museum for a summer; attending the Cooper Union School of Art; encountering Cubism; working as a commercial artist and making cartoons; teaching at the Pratt Institute; and alternating, as inspiration strikes, between painting and sculpture; and Constructivist philosophy. Gordin also mentions Ralph Rosenborg, Tom Eldred, Carol and Wallace Harrison, Edward Alden Jewell, Pablo Picasso, Byron Thomas, Morris Kantor, Hans Hofmann, Paul Clay, Jackson Pollock, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Sidney Gordin (1918-1996) was a sculptor and educator from Berkeley, Calif.

Administration
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 1 sound tape. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 1 min.

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Art teachers -- California -- Berkeley -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- California -- Berkeley -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Harrison, Wallace, 1900- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jewell, Edward Alden, 1888-1947 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kantor, Morris, 1896-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rosenborg, Ralph M., 1913-1992 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Thomas, Byron, 1902-1978 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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