Oral history interview with Elayne H. Varian
Portions of this collection are digitized

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.varian75
Creators:
Varian, Elayne H.
Cummings, Paul
Dates:
1975 May 2
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
2 Items
sound file (2 hr., 5 min)
digital, wav file
53 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Interview of Elayne Varian, conducted by Paul Cummings for the Archives of American Art, at the Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY, on May 2, 1975 and May 9, 1975.
Scope and Contents
Varian speaks of her education at the University of Chicago and the Chicago Bauhaus/IIT Institute of Design; working at Duveen's as an art dealer; teaching courses at Finch on museology; ways she found funding for the Finch College Museum of Art; and the exhibitions she organized at Finch, including Art and Process, Destruction Art, Art and Jewelry, Italian Visual Poetry, Art Nouveau, Documention, and Troubles in Ireland . Varian also recalls Edward Fowles; Brian O'Doherty; Robert Indiana; Robert Smithson; George Kuchar; Sol LeWitt; Ralph Ortiz; Walter Gutman; Les Levine, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Elayne H. Varian (1913-1987) was an art administrator and art historian from Orlando, Florida.

Administration
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.
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archives 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.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 5 min.

Digital Content

Keywords
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Art -- Study and teaching -- Florida -- Orlando Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Arts administrators -- Florida -- Orlando Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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