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Howardena Pindell: Artist, Teacher, and Social Observer

Interviewee(s):
Pindell, Howardena
Interviewer(s):
Campbell, Andrianna
Tewes, Amanda
Title:
Howardena Pindell: Artist, Teacher, and Social Observer
Abstract:
Howardena Pindell is a painter and mixed media artist, as well as a professor at State University of New York at Stony Brook. She earned a BFA from Boston University in 1965 and an MFA from Yale University in 1967. Pindell worked at the Museum of Modern Art from 1967 to 1979, where she held several positions, including exhibit assistant, curatorial assistant, and associate curator. She cofounded the A.I.R. Gallery in 1972. Pindell has taught in the Department of Art at State University of New York at Stony Brook since 1979. In this interview, Pindell discusses: her early life and education; facing discrimination; attending Boston University and Yale University, including professors, colleagues, and curriculum; working and traveling internationally, and facing racism and sexism; working at the Museum of Modern Art, including efforts to unionize and racism in the art world; cofounding A.I.R. Gallery; inspiration for and creation of artwork, including Free, White and 21 and Hunger; relationship with Garth Greenan Gallery; teaching at Stony Brook, including discrimination, students, and teaching philosophy; and working on pieces for future exhibitions.
Subject area(s):
Arts and Letters
Interview date(s):
2018
Project:
Getty Trust
Rights:
Howardena Pindell, “Howardena Pindell: Artist, Teacher, and Social Observer” conducted by Andrianna Campbell and Amanda Tewes in 2018, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, under the auspices of the J. Paul Getty Trust, 2019.