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Getty Research Institute African American Art History Initiative Oral Histories, 2018-2020

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Getty Research Institute African American Art History Initiative Oral Histories, 2018-2020

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Series I. African American Art History Initiative oral histories, 2018-2020
The records comprise oral histories conducted with postwar African American artists under the auspices of the Getty Research Institute's African American Art History Initiative. Records date from 2018 to 2020 and will accrue over the duration of the Initiative. Records include digital video interviews of individual artists conducted by the Oral History Center at UC Berkeley and group interviews facilitated by the Getty Research Institute. Transcripts and images for select interviews are also included.
Arrangement
Interviews are arranged in two categories: the individual oral histories conducted by the Oral History Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and the group interviews solely conducted by the Getty Research Institute. Indivdual interviews are arranged alphabetically by surname of interviewee.
Access to digital files is available online through the links provided in the inventory.
Group oral histories:
Oral History on Paintings, March 25, 2019
(2020.IA.27) African American Art History Initiative oral history on paintings and oral history on photographs [sponsored by the Getty Research Institute.]

This conversation among painters Dana Chandler, Nelson Stevens, Randy Williams, and William T. Williams explores the artists' approaches to color and the object; community engagement and collaboration through murals including the "Wall of Respect" in Chicago, Smokehouse murals in New York City, and the mural program in Springfield, Massachusetts; and the supporting role of artists and art spaces over the course of their careers, including The Studio Museum in Harlem, Just Above Midtown, Bob Blackburn's printmaking workshop, and the African American Master Artists in Residence Program at Northeastern University.
As part of Artists' Archives Day at the Getty Center, the interview took place on March 25, 2019, in conjunction with the opening of "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983," which was on view at the Broad museum in Los Angeles from March 23 to September 1, 2019.
The discussion was moderated by Dr. Kellie E. Jones (Columbia University), senior consultant for the Getty Research Institute's African American Art History Initiative.
Oral History on Photography, March 25, 2019
(2020.IA.27) African American Art History Initiative oral history on paintings and oral history on photographs [sponsored by the Getty Research Institute.]

This conversation among photographers Herb Randall, Ming Smith, Dawoud Bey, Adger Cowans, and Herb Robinson explores their training and influences including jazz, family albums, and the book "Sweet Flypaper of Life"; Kamoinge principles and emblematic photographs; and the expansive impact of artist communities on their work.
As part of Artists' Archives Day at the Getty Center, the interview took place on March 25, 2019, in conjunction with the opening of "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983," which was on view at the Broad museum in Los Angeles from March 23 to September 1, 2019.
The discussion was moderated by Dr. Bridget R. Cooks, University of California, Irvine.
Individual oral histories:
Peter Bradley
General
Recording and transcript forthcoming.
David C. Driskell: Life Among The Pines, 2019
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Mel Edwards
General
Recording and transcript forthcoming.
Charles Gaines: The Criticality and Aesthetics of the System, 2019
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View transcript
Ulysses Jenkins
General
Recording and transcript forthcoming.
Richard Mayhew: Painting Mindscapes and Searching for Sensitivity, 2019
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View transcript
Senga Nengudi
General
Recording and transcript forthcoming.
Howardena Pindell: Artist, Teacher, and Social Observer, 2018
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View transcript


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