Oral history interview with Shirley Jaffe

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.jaffe10
Creators:
Jaffe, Shirley, 1923-2016
Berman, Avis
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project
Dates:
2010 Sept. 27-28
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Item
Sound recording, master: 1 compact disc, 3 WMA files (4 hr., 28 min.)
digital
2 5/8 in.
94 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Shirley Jaffe conducted 2010 Sept. 27 and 28, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts project, at Jaffe's studio, in Paris, France.
Scope and Contents
Jaffe speaks of living with her family in Elizabeth, NJ and Brooklyn, NY; attending Abraham Lincoln High School, Parsons School of Design, Brooklyn College, and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; visiting the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Non-Objective Art (now the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), and The Museum of Modern Art; living on St. Mark's Place and in Brooklyn, NY ; her marriage in 1949 to Irving Jaffe; moving to Washington, DC and visiting The Philips Collection; moving to and adjusting to life in France; socializing with American artists in Paris, France; moving between New York and France; working and living in Berlin, Germany with a grant from the Ford Foundation; living independently in France; visiting the cathedrals and galleries in Italy; teaching undergraduate students; the evolution of her paintings and technique; her painting process and use of cellophane; painting on glass; murals; and her exhibitions and commissions. Jaffe also recalls Leon Friend, Morris Kantor, Pierre Bonnard, Karl Knaths, Max and Esther Gould, Jules Olitski, Michael Goldberg, Joan Mitchell, Beauford Delaney, Sam Francis, Janice Biala, Hermine Tworkov Ford, Edwin Dickinson, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Kimber Smith, Jean Fournier, Al Held, Haywood Bill Rivers, Milton Glaser, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Shirley Jaffe (1923-2016) was an abstract painter and sculptor in Paris, France. Avis Berman (1949- ) is a scholar in New York, N.Y.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is 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 administrators.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Transcript: Authorization to reproduce or publish for purposes of publication must be obtained from Jerome Sternstein.

Keywords
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Biala, Janice, 1904-2000 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Dickinson, Edwin Walter, 1891-1978 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Francis, Sam, 1923-1994 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goldberg, Michael, 1924-2007 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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