Oral history interview with Vera Klement

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.klemen15
Creators:
Klement, Vera, 1929-
Silverman, Lanny
Dates:
2015 June 12 and 14
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
3 Items
Sound recording: 3 sound files (3 hr., 24 min.)
digital, wav
140 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview with Vera Klement conducted 2015 June 12 and 14, by Lanny Silverman, for the Archives of American Art's Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project, at Klement's home and studio in Chicago, Illinois.
Scope and Contents
Klement speaks of her early childhood in Danzig (now, Gdansk, Poland) on the eve of World War II; her family's immigration to New York; her early experiences with music and art; her decision to become a painter; her interactions within New York's art community of the 1950s; the change in New York's art scene after the emergence of Pop art; her move to Chicago and subsequent difficulties in showing her work; her involvement within the Chicago art community; the founding of the women's artist cooperative, Artemisia; her involvement with the women's movement in the 1970s; teaching at the University of Chicago; her conception of her artwork as representational and apolitical; her literary influences; and her distaste for the contemporary art world. Klement also recalls Dennis Adrian, Dore Ashton, Marianne Deson, Angelo Ippolito, Miyoko Ito, Phyllis Kind, Harold Rosenberg, Ralph Shapey, Theodoros Stamos, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Vera Klement (1929- ) is a painter in Chicago, Illinois. Lanny Silverman (1947- ) is a curator at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available online.
Author
Sponsor
Funding for this interview was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
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.

General
General
Originally recorded as 3 sound files. Duration is 3 hr., 24 min.

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

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
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Art, American -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, American -- Illinois -- Chicago Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Women artists -- Illinois -- Chicago Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Adrian, Dennis, 1937- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ashton, Dore Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Deson, Marianne Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ippolito, Angelo Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ito, Miyoko, 1918-1983 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kind, Phyllis, 1933-2018 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Shapey, Ralph, 1921-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artemisia Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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