Oral history interview with Gyöngy Laky

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.laky07
Creators:
Laky, Gyöngy, 1944-
Riedel, Mija, 1958-
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Dates:
2007 December 11-12
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
11 Items
Sound recordings: 11 sound files (4 hr., 8 min.)
digital, wav
66 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Gyöngy Laky conducted 2007 December 11-12, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Laky's home and studio, in San Francisco, California.
Scope and Contents
Laky speaks of her recent exhibitions; leaving Hungary as a child; using words in art; learning languages; family influences in her art; the family art gallery and Chinese painting; changing majors in college; working with various materials; using recycled materials in her work; retirement; planning her works; working with assistants; working with a small community in Europe; construction of her works; using computers to create art; the craft "renaissance"; scale and outdoor projects; working with dealers and commissioned pieces; emphasis on negative space. Laky also recalls Emile Lahner, Mary Dumas, Ed Rossbach, Judy Foosaner, Peter Voulkos, Joanne Branford, Lillian Elliott, Henry Miller, Louise Nevelson, Darryl Dobras, Brett Christiansen, Kim Ocampo, Jack Lenor Larsen, Martin Puryear, Ann Hamilton, Suzi Gablik, Susan Sontag, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Gyöngy Laky (1944- ) is a textile artist from San Francisco, California. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is a curator and writer from San Francisco, California.

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.

General
General
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 8 min.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Decorative arts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Computer Art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painting -- China Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Textile artists -- California -- San Francisco Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art and computers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Branford, Joanne Segal, 1933-1994 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Christiansen, Brett Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dobras, Darryl Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dumas, Mary Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Elliott, Lilian, 1930-1994 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Foosaner, Judith, 1940- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gablik, Suzi, 1934- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hamilton, Ann, 1956- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lahner, Émile, 1893-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Larsen, Jack Lenor Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ocampo, Kim Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Puryear, Martin, 1941- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rossbach, Ed Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sontag, Susan, 1933-2004 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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