Oral history interview with Bernarda Bryson Shahn

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.shahn83
Creators:
Bryson, Bernarda
Kirwin, Liza
Dates:
1983 April 29
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
37 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Bernarda Bryson conducted 1983 April 29, by Liza Kirwin, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Bryson speaks of her family background and education; writing for the Ohio State Journal; teaching etching and lithography; meeting Diego Rivera and Ben Shahn; the formation of the Unemployed Artists Group and her role as secretary, 1933; the Gibson Committee, the John Reed Club, and the Artists' Union in New York City; founding Art Front magazine; pressure from the Communist Party; demonstrating at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1934; lithography under Adrian Dornbush; assisting Ben Shahn; her work as an illustrator; and her painting since 1971.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Bernarda Bryson (1903-2004) was a printmaker and painter from Roosevelt, New Jersey. She is the widow of artist Ben Shahn.

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 others.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 26 min.

Keywords
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Painters -- New Jersey -- Interviews Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States -- Political aspects Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Printmakers -- New Jersey -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists' Union (New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
John Reed Club Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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