Oral Histories

Interview of Frederick S. Wight

Painter. UCLA professor of art and director what became the Wight Art Gallery.
Of Art and Exhibitions
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Faculty
UCLA Museum Staff
Biographical Note:
Painter. UCLA professor of art and director what became the Wight Art Gallery.
Galm, Bernard
Wight, Frederick S.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Family history in New York; father's scholarly pursuits; boyhood in Brooklyn and Cape Cod; early art training and influences; education at University of Virginia; travel in Europe; Académie Julien, Paris; M.A., Harvard University; employment at Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Louis Sullivan, Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, Lyonel Fein-inger, and José Clemente Orozco shows; György Kepes; Orozco show at Pasadena Art Museum; appointment to UCLA art department faculty, 1953; Gibson Danes; Karl With; Edward A. Dickson and development of UCLA; Walter and Louise Arensberg collection; Willitts Hole collection; shows at UCLA; Artists of Ireland, 1954; John Marin memorial exhibition, 1955; UCLA Art Council's sponsorship of exhibitions, lectures, scholarships, and fellowships; Morris Graves retrospective, 1957; Mark Tobey and Graves; Hans Hofmann and Arthur Dove shows; Walter M. Maitland donation; Modigliani: Paintings and Drawings at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1961; local artists; Lipchitz retrospective, 1963; planning Dickson Art Center and UCLA art galleries; Matisse exhibition opening galleries; supporters of art in Los Angeles; museum direction; The Negro in American Art and The Expression of Gio Ponti, 1966; conflicts between directors and artists; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; Richard J. Neutra and Rudolph Schindler; Alexander Archipenko, Jean Arp, Gerhard Marcks, and George Rickey exhibits; Transparency, Reflection, Light, and Space: Four Artists: Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman; Stanton Macdonald-Wright exhibition, 1970; cooperation with National Gallery of Art to mount Wilhelm Lehmbrück show, 1972; Lehmbrück acquisition for Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden; support and expansion under Murphy's administration; enlargement of gallery.