Oral Histories

Interview of Lee Mullican

Los Angeles Art Community: Group Portrait, Lee Mullican
Los Angeles Art Community - Group Portrait
Phillips, Joann
Mullican, Lee
Persons Present:
Tapes I to IV: Mullican and Phillips; Tape V: Mullican, Phillips, Luchita Mullican, David Fabian, and Nancy Olexo.
Place Conducted:
Tapes I to IV: Phillip's home in Santa Monica, California; Tape V: Mullican's home in Santa Monica Canyon, California and his studio in Dickson Art Center, UCLA.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Joann Phillips, UCLA Oral History Program (for "L.A, Art Community: Group Portrait"); B.A., UC Santa Barbara.Phillips prepared for the interview by researching a biography published in conjunction with a one-man show at the Silvan Simone Gallery, Los Angeles, June 1, 1965. and Artist and teacher at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.
Processing of Interview:
The verbatim transcript was edited by the interviewer. She checked it for accuracy and edited for punctuation, paragraphing, spelling, and verification of proper names. Words or phrases introduced by her have been bracketed.Lee Mullican reviewed and approved the edited transcript. He made a few changes and a few additions.Lawrence Weschler, Assistant Editor, Oral History Program prepared the index. The introduction was written by Joann Phillips. Other front matter was compiled by the Program staff.
6 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This series includes interviews with prominent Los Angeles-based visual artists and other members of the art establishment whose careers span the period from the 1920s through the 1970s. It documents the art community of the pre-World War II period and the rise of Los Angeles as a nationally recognized art center in the postwar period. Funding for this series was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
TAPE NUMBER: III, Side One (January 16, 1976)Surrealist dinners, surrealist games--Meta-physical space--With the Paalens and the Onslow--Fords-Trip to Mexico--Successful show at the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1949--Enthusiasm of Eric Mendelsohn--Amerindian influences-More on the Dynaton group; shows and good times--Sibyl Moholy-Nagy--The "Metaplastic" show at Stanford and the "Dynaton" show in San Francisco--Teaching Dynatonic concepts--Dynaton: the painting as an object for meditation rather than the depiction of a subject--Dynaton in other media and other arts.