Oral history interview with Thomas Tibbs, 1996 Mar. 19-May 9 [sound recording].


Oral history interview with Thomas Tibbs, 1996 Mar. 19-May 9 [sound recording].

An interview of Thomas Tibbs conducted 1996 Mar. 19-May 9, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, at the artist's home in Fallbrook, Calif. Tibbs discusses his family background and early interest in the arts that led him to the University of Rochester (N.Y.), where he had his first museum experience and studied music and literature before doing post-graduate work as curator of prints and of education; the museum field in the late 1940s and the professionals he knew, among them his mentor Phillip Adams of the Cincinnati Art Museum and Grace McCann Morley; the changing ideas of contemporary art, regionalism, and New York's emergence as the center in the 1950s; his experiences with the New York school artists in the 1950s and his observations of their interests and individuality, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany exhibition at the Crafts Museum in 1958, an event which he credits the Tiffiany fashion "rage" of the 1960s. Tibbs recalls artists Adolph Gottlieb, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Betty Parsons, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, and Peggy Guggenheim, David Campbell, Earl Parten, Wharten Escherick, Margret Craver Withers, and Arlene Fisch.

Sound recording: 2 sound cassettes (120 min.) : analog.Transcript: 49 p.


SNAC Resource ID: 8212680

Archives of American Art

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Tibbs, Thomas S., 1917-

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Thomas Tibbs (1917- ) is a museum director and educator from San Diego, Calif. Tibbs was founding director (1956-1960) of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York and the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (1968), now Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, where he promoted an interest in crafts, their collection and exhibition as art. He was director of the new museum in Huntington, W.V., where he initated a crafts competition as a means to "fill the museum." His ...

Karlstrom, Paul J.

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Karlstrom: Director and area collector of the Archives of American Art, San Francisco office. Siegriest: painter and graphic artist; Oakland, California. Oliveira: painter and teacher; Stanford, California. Keinholz: assemblage artist; California and Idaho. Wood: Ceramist, Calif. From the description of [Photographs of California artists]. 1976-1993. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220199675 ...