This screening of an interview with Taos artist Ron Cooper conducted in 2000. It is part of programming centered around the Harwood’s summer exhibition, The Errant Eye: Portraits in a Landscape. This video, and the other 12 videos in the series, provides an intimate portrait of the artists who are living or have lived in Taos. The Oral History Project originated in 1999 in collaboration with Douglas Dreishpoon, Chief Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. The Project’s initial concept called for a series of video-taped interviews with individuals who’d been associated with the Taos Moderns, a group of artists living in Taos during the 1940s and 50s that included Beatrice Mandelman and Louis Ribak. As the Oral History Project evolved, the objective for the interviews broadened to encompass subsequent generations, the influx of artists and writers who came to Taos in the 1960s and 70s, and other individuals who had contributed to the culture and arts in Taos. To date, the Project has recorded 44 interviews, all of which have been transcribed. Each interview runs about an hour in length and develops around a set of questions researched and conducted by Douglas Dreishpoon. The interview materials of the Oral History Project constitute elements of an oral history archive for Taos and an invaluable resource for scholars and researchers. 1:00pm, every Friday, June 16 to September 8, 2017. Free with museum admission. Free for members. The Interviews are courtesy of The Beatrice Mandelman-Louis Ribak Collection (2014-06-20), Special Collections and Center for Southwest Research, and the University of New Mexico Libraries.
Screening: An Interview with Ron Cooper
- 238 Ledoux Street
- Taos, NM 87571
- Harwood Museum of Art
- Free with museum entry