Oral history interview with Monty Lewis, 1964 June 25
Sound recordings: 1 sound tape reel ; 5 in.
Transcript: 15 p.
An interview of Monty Lewis conducted 1964 June 25, by Betty Hoag, for the Archives of American Art. Interview conducted at Coronado School of Fine Arts in San Diego, Calif. Lewis discusses his art training at the Art Students' League in N.Y., his study of mural and easel painting in Europe, and his freelance mural work before his involvement with the Public Works of Art Project. He describes the developing presence of mural art in New York with Diego Rivera's mural at Rockefeller Center and the 1939 New York World's Fair. Lewis tells of the Artists, Painters, and Sculptors Collaborators, a collaborative group interested in developing community art projects, and discusses the use of murals in the 1939 New York World's Fair and the different techniques used for those and other public projects.
Place of publication, production, or execution: California
General Note: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav files. Duration is 49 min.
Access Note / Rights: Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Citation: Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Monty Lewis, 1964 June 25. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms: Transcript available on line at http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/lewis64.htm
Biography Note: Monty Lewis (1907-1997) was a painter, designer, muralist in New York and California.
Provenance: Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Location Note: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
interviewee: Lewis, Monty, 1907-1997
interviewer: McGlynn, Betty Lochrie Hoag, 1914-2002
Subject: Coronado School of Fine Arts
Subject: New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Subject: New York World's Fair
Record number: (DSI-AAA_CollID)12016
Record number: (DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216443
Record number: AAA_collcode_lewis64