Oral history interview with Frederick Weston, 2016 August 31-September 5
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Transcript: 130 pages.
An interview with Frederick Weston, conducted 2016 August 31 and September 5, by Theodore Kerr, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at Weston's home in New York, N.Y. Weston speaks of his childhood in Detroit; early understandings of his gender; attending Ferris State University in Michigan; moving to New York in 1973; New York nightclub culture before the AIDS crisis; studying at FIT and working in the fashion industry; beginning to consider himself an artist in the late 1990s after years of collage work in street settings; being diagnosed with HIV in the mid-1990s; imbuing his art with his personal experience; his body of work in photography, installations, and poetry; his health care and regiment since being diagnosed with HIV; evolutions in his personal outlook since being diagnosed; the trajectory of his sex life from adolescence; moving into his current apartment in Chelsea; and reflections on Americas racial situation. Weston also recalls Claude Payne, Apollonia, Billy Blair, Stephanie Crawford, Franz Renard Smith, Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, Bruce Benderson, and others.
Place of publication, production, or execution: New York (State)
Citation: Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Frederick Weston, 2016 August 31-September 5. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms: Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding: Funded by the Keith Haring Foundation.
Biography Note: Interviewer Frederick Weston (1946- ) is a multimedia artist in New York, N.Y. Interviewee Theodore Kerr (1979- ) is a writer and organizer in New York, N.Y.
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: Weston, Frederick, 1946-
interviewer: Kerr, Theodore, 1979-
Subject: Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project
Record number: (DSI-AAA_CollID)17387
Record number: (DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)382893
Record number: AAA_collcode_weston16