Oral history interview with Henry Tyler Hopkins

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.hopkin80
Creators:
Hopkins, Henry, 1928-2009
Chamberlin, Wesley
Dates:
1980 Oct. 24-Dec. 17
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
7 Sound cassettes
Sound recording
90 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Henry Tyler Hopkins conducted 1980 Oct. 24-1980 Dec. 17, by Wesley Chamberlin, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Hopkins speaks of his childhood and family background in Idaho; his education in Idaho and at the Art Institute of Chicago; his U.S. Army service as a photographer; the influence upon him of the early abstract expressionists; moving to California and getting involved in the museum community; working as a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and developing its collection of modern works; becoming the director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the value of art appreciation over art entertainment; problems with corporate and federal support; the psychological aspects of Jackson Pollack's work; pop art; the Bay area art scene; and the role of art museums. He recalls Shirley and Walter Hopps, Ed Ruscha, Joe Goode, Larry Bell, Ed Bereal, Ron Miyashiro, Jackson Pollack, Joseph Cornell, Billy Al Bengston, Kenny Price, Robert Irwin, William Copley, Franz Kline, and many others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Henry Hopkins (1928-2009) was a director of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available on line.
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' 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.

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

Keywords
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Art -- California -- San Francisco Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Museum directors -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goode, Joe, 1937- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bell, Larry, 1939- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bereal, Edmund, 1937- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cornell, Joseph Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Copley, William Nelson, 1919-1996 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bengston, Billy Al Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ruscha, Edward Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hopps, Walter Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Price, Kenneth, 1935-2012 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Irwin, Robert, 1928- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kline, Franz, 1910-1962 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blum, Shirley Neilsen. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Miyashiro, Ron Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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