Oral history interview with Lewis W. and Erica Beckh Rubenstein

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.rubens93
Creators:
Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003
Rubenstein, Erica Beckh, 1914-2014
Polcari, Stephen
Dates:
1993 February 23
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 Items
sound cassettes (1 hr. 45 min.)
analog.
50 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview with Lewis and Erica Rubenstein conducted 1993 February 23, by Stephen Polcari, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Lewis Rubenstein discusses his early career as a fresco painter, including his training in Italy and friendship with Rico Lebrun. He talks specifically about commissioned murals at the Fogg Art Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and assisting Jose Clemente Orozco on "portable murals" for the Museum of Modern Art. He talks of his move away from realism and the themes that interested him in the 1950s and 1960s. He remembers spending summers in Provincetown and taking classes with Hans Hofmann, his work teaching studio art at Vassar College, and briefly about the visiting artists program he ran there. Erica Rubenstein talks about the significance of 1930s mural paintings, the WPA movement, and government support of the arts in general.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Lewis W. Rubentstein (1908-2003) was a painter, printmaker, and teacher and teacher at Vassar College. He lived in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Erica Beckh Rubenstein (1914-2014) was an art historian, whose Ph.D. thesis at Harvard, "Taxpayers Murals," related to New Deal murals.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
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
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 cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 56 min.
General
Side B of Tape 1 is blank.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire audio recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords
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Mural painting and decoration, American Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Painters -- New York (State) -- Poughkeepsie -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art historians -- New York (State) -- Poughkeepsie -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- New York (State) -- Poughkeepsie -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Orozco, José Clemente, 1883-1949 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rubenstein, Erica Beckh, 1914-2014 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vassar College. Art Gallery -- Faculty -- Interviews Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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