Oral history interview with James Harithas

Collection ID:
Harithas, James
Levy, Sandra Curtis
1979 Mar. 16-May 17
Physical Description:
1 Sound tape reel
Sound recording
7 in.
106 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of James Harithas conducted 1979 Mar. 16- 1979 May 17, by Sandra Curtis Levy, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Harithas speaks of his youth in Maine; his educational background and early interest in art; the first exhibit he was involved in; his first curatorial position; going to work for the Corcoran and becoming director there; some of the Corcoran's important exhibits; teaching at Hunter College; controversial activities he involved himself in; becoming curator at the Syracuse Museum; political programs and activities at Syracuse; moving to Houston and becoming curator of the Contemporary Arts Museum there; fundraising problems; the visual arts and their relationship to the media; ethnic exhibits; government support for the arts; trends in museums and collecting; Houston as an art community.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
James Hartihas (1932- ) is a museum director and painter from Houston, Tex.

Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3752 available for use through interlibrary loan.
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.

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Repository Contact
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