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Oral history interview with John Gaw Meem, Will Shuster, and Karl Larsson

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-810-SC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of an oral interview and transcript. The interview was conducted on August 27, 1965 by an unidentified interviewer with John Gaw Meem, Will Shuster, and Karl Larsson. The focus of the conversation is the development of the Santa Fe art colony.

The men discuss why they came to Santa Fe and describe the cultural and physical landscape at the time. Commentary relates to topics including the Taos Art Colony, the Depression, the goings on at Los Alamos, their insights on the future of Santa Fe's art colony, critique and commentary on the younger generation of artists, homogenization and globalization particularly regarding art and architecture.

Dates

  • 1965 August 27

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. Duplication of recordings permitted only with written permission from artist, performer, interviewer and interviewee, tribal authority, or current holder of intellectual property rights. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws.

Biography / History

The original objective of the interview was a survey of the early development of the Santa Fe art colony and the personalities who made it famous. The interviewer is unidentified. Interviewees include renowned architect, John Gaw Meem; Will Shuster, painter and founder of Los Cinco Pintores, Santa Fe's first modernist art group; and Karl Larsson, Swedish immigrant, silversmith, and painter-teacher.

Extent

1 Folder

Abstract

John Gaw Meem, Will Shuster, and Karl Larsson discuss Santa Fe and the development of Santa Fe's art colony, as well as the Depression, Los Alamos/World War II, art and artists in general, homogenization and globalization particularly regarding art and architecture.

Separated Material

Original reel to reel tapes and master CD are stored in B3.

Processing Information

Original reel to reel tapes converted to digital, August 2008.
Title
Finding Aid of the Oral history interview with John Gaw Meem, Will Shuster, and Karl Larsson, 1965 August 27
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
B. Silbergleit
Date
© 2008
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131
505-277-6451