Oral history interview with Betye Saar, 2008-2009.
|Creator: ||Saar, Betye||Project: ||Elizabeth Murray Women in the Visual Arts oral history project. |
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|Phys. Desc. :||transcript: 132 p. 1 electronic file : digital file (57 minutes). 1 electronic file : digital file (72 minutes). 1 electronic file : digital file (53 minutes).|
|Location: ||Columbia Center for Oral History|
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Scope and Contents
Betye I. Saar (1926- ); early childhood in Los Angeles, California; family history in craftwork; reinterpretation of derogatory images of Southern black life; B.A. University of California, Los Angeles; graduate studies at California State University Long Beach; rise of feminist art and black art in 1960s and 1970s; influence Simon Rodia's Watt's Towers; Joseph Cornell assemblage; The Liberation of Aunt Jemima 1972; interest in more personal pieces with family memorabilia and women's trunks during 1980s; influence of mysticism and the occult in artwork; discussion of contemporary black art and craftwork; 1974 and 1984 Artist Fellowship National Endowment for the Arts.
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