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Archives related to: Joan Peterson Gallery

titleJoan Peterson Gallery records, [ca. 1958]-1981.
locationArchives of American Art
collection titleArtists' files relating to Richard E. Filipowski, Jason Berger and Marilyn Powers, including biographical information, correspondence, price lists, exhibition catalogs, announcements, clippings, and photographs of work.
formatsCorrespondence Clippings Exhibition Catalogs Photographs
accessUnmicrofilmed; use requires an appointment and is limited to AAA's Washington, D.C. storage facility.
record source
acquisition informationDonated in 1992 by Joan Peterson Klimann, former director of the Joan Peterson Gallery.
updated04/04/2018 18:00:40

titleRobert O. Preusser interview, 1991 Jan.- Oct.
locationArchives of American Art
collection titleAn interview of Robert O. Preusser conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art.

Preusser discusses the establishment of an art department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his involvement with it first as a visiting lecturer and then as a professor of visual design. He speaks often of Gyorgy Kepes, whom he had known at the Institute of Design, Chicago, in the early 1940s and who recruited him to M.I.T; he also discusses other faculty members, like Minor White, professor of photography. He gives attention to his courses at M.I.T., 1954-1985; early computer design projects by students; his writings on the importance of visual arts to technology; and his supervision of educational programs at M.I.T.'s Center for Advanced Visual Studies, 1974-85.

An extensive part of the interview is held in an exhibition of Preusser's work at the M.I.T. Museum (April 4, 1991), discussing in particular his incorporation of various plastic and metallic materials in his works from the 1960s and 1970s. He speaks as well of the importance of his inclusion in group exhibitions at the Downtown Gallery, New York, ("Newcomers," 1951, and "Recent Arrivals, 1952) and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston ("Collectors Exhibition," 1954), and of his exhibitions at the Boris Mirski Gallery and the Joan Peterson Gallery, Boston, during the 1950s and 1960s and at various galleries in Houston during the 1980s.

Other topics of discussion are his early art instruction in his native Houston, Texas, by the painter Ola McNeill Davidson, 1930-39; further training in painting and design at the Institute of Design, Chicago, 1930-39, 1941-42; Newcomb School of Art--Tulane University, 1940-41; service with a camouflage unit in the U.S. Army, 1942-45; classes at the Art Center School, Los Angeles, 1946-47; his teaching at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1947-54, and at the University of Houston, 1951-54, and his role as co-director of the Houston Contemporary Arts Association, 1948-50.

Biographical and Historical Notes:
Painter, art instructor; Houston, Texas and Cambridge, Mass.

General Note:
Poor sound quality. The first 35 minutes of the interview have been lost.
extent4 sound cassettes (ca. 5 hours) : analog.
formatsInterview Sound Recording
accessUntranscribed; use requires an appointment.
record source
acquisition information 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.
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