Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project

Academic Programs

  • Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Available, Ongoing

Suellen Rocca, Bare Shouldered Beauty, 1965, Oil on canvas, 213 x 158 cm, © Suellen Rocca, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

In conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art release of the new Chicago Archival Resources Survey and Web Portal, the Archives have produced and made available 10 new oral history interviews with 10 influential Chicago artists, curators, and gallerists for the Archives’ renowned oral history program. 

Providing a window onto Chicago’s art scene over decades, the interviews yield a richness of detail, spontaneous reflections, and a sense of character not available in written records. Interviewees include Dennis Adrian (b. 1937); William Conger (b. 1937); Art Green (b. 1941); Theodore Halkin (b. 1924); Rhona Hoffman (b.1934); Ken Josephson (b. 1932); Vera Klement (b. 1929); Suellen Rocca (b. 1943); Franz Schulze (b. 1927); and Evelyn Statsinger (1927–2016).