Oral history interview with Michele Russo, 1983 August 29
Transcript: 49 pages.
An interview of Michele Russo conducted 1983 August 29, by Jane Van Cleve, at the artist's studio in Portland, Or., for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project. Russo speaks of his youth and educational background; attending Yale University Art School; his participation in social activism; working on WPA projects; the development of his interest in painting; the lack of a gallery system on the West Coast; themes that recur in his work; the fire at the Fountain Gallery; the pressures on contemporary artists; and West Coast art styles.
Place of publication, production, or execution: Oregon
General Note: Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 42 min.
Citation: Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Michele Russo, 1983 August 29. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Location of Originals: Transcript also available at the University of Washington, Manuscripts Collection, and at the Oregon Historical Society.
Funding: Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note: Michele Russo (1909-2004) was a painter from Portland, Or.
Provenance: This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Location Note: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
interviewee: Russo, Michele, 1909-2004
interviewer: Van Cleve, Jane
Subject: Works Progress Administration
Record number: (DSI-AAA_CollID)12555
Record number: (DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212457
Record number: AAA_collcode_russo83