Oral history interview with Louise Nevelson
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994
1964 June-1965 Jan. 14 and undated
Physical Description:
61 Pages
Partial transcript

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Interview of Louise Nevelson, conducted by Dorothy Gees Seckler for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, June 1964 - 1966 and undated.
Scope and Contents
Nevelson speaks of how she first became interested in art; working under the WPA; The Club; the "Art News Group"; European artists' migration to New York; new concepts in art; questions of public acceptance of new art forms and changing standards; how she developed her box sculptures; her use of odd forms, spaces, and abstractions; her influences, including De Chirico; exhibiting at Nierendorf, Norlyst Martha Jackson, and Cordier galleries, among others; and her own collection of art.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) was a sculptor from New York, N.Y.

Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archive of American Art's website.
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.

Originally recorded on 5 sound tape reels and 1 cassette. Reels reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr. 41 min.
Sound quality is poor.

Digital Content

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Sculpture -- Technique -- New York (State) -- New York Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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