An interview of Gyöngy Laky conducted 2007 December 11-12, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Laky's home and studio, in San Francisco, California.
Laky speaks of her recent exhibitions; leaving Hungary as a child; using words in art; learning languages; family influences in her art; the family art gallery and Chinese painting; changing majors in college; working with various materials; using recycled materials in her work; retirement; planning her works; working with assistants; working with a small community in Europe; construction of her works; using computers to create art; the craft "renaissance"; scale and outdoor projects; working with dealers and commissioned pieces; emphasis on negative space. Laky also recalls Emile Lahner, Mary Dumas, Ed Rossbach, Judy Foosaner, Peter Voulkos, Joanne Branford, Lillian Elliott, Henry Miller, Louise Nevelson, Darryl Dobras, Brett Christiansen, Kim Ocampo, Jack Lenor Larsen, Martin Puryear, Ann Hamilton, Suzi Gablik, Susan Sontag, and others.
Place of publication, production, or execution: California
General Note: Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 8 min.
Citation: Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Gyöngy Laky, 2007 December 11-12. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding: Funding for this interview was provided by the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. 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: Gyöngy Laky (1944- ) is a textile artist from San Francisco, California. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is a curator and writer from San Francisco, California.
Provenance: This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Location Note: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
interviewee: Laky, Gyöngy, 1944-
interviewer: Riedel, Mija, 1958-
Subject: Hamilton, Ann
Subject: Puryear, Martin
Subject: Rossbach, Ed
Subject: Dumas, Mary
Subject: Miller, Henry
Subject: Larsen, Jack Lenor
Subject: Christiansen, Brett
Subject: Lahner, Émile
Subject: Nevelson, Louise
Subject: Branford, Joanne Segal
Subject: Gablik, Suzi
Subject: Ocampo, Kim
Subject: Voulkos, Peter
Subject: Elliott, Lilian
Subject: Foosaner, Judith
Subject: Dobras, Darryl
Subject: Sontag, Susan
Subject: Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Record number: (DSI-AAA_CollID)13672
Record number: (DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)274523
Record number: AAA_collcode_laky07