Oral history interview with Michele Russo

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.russo83
Creators:
Russo, Michele, 1909-2004
Van Cleve, Jane
Dates:
1983 August 29
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
49 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Michele Russo conducted 1983 August 29, by Jane Van Cleve, at the artist's studio in Portland, Or., for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project. Russo speaks of his youth and educational background; attending Yale University Art School; his participation in social activism; working on WPA projects; the development of his interest in painting; the lack of a gallery system on the West Coast; themes that recur in his work; the fire at the Fountain Gallery; the pressures on contemporary artists; and West Coast art styles.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Michele Russo (1909-2004) was a painter from Portland, Or.

Administration
Existence and Location of Originals
Transcript also available at the University of Washington, Manuscripts Collection, and at the Oregon Historical Society.
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' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.

General
General
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 42 min.

Keywords
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Painters -- Oregon -- Portland -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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