Oral Histories

Interview of Marva Shearer

Member of the UCLA Art Council and docent at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Serving the UCLA Art Public
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Museum Staff
Biographical Note:
Member of the UCLA Art Council and docent at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Galm, Bernard
Shearer, Marva
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewee Retained Copyright
Early exposure to art; Wellesley College; Peppino Mangravitti; Zola Haliburton Rex, the Wellesley Club, and joining UCLA Art Council; Gallery Guides group; Thieves Market projects; work with House Beautiful magazine; working as docent at Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Jack Carter at UCLA; selection and training of exhibition guides; guiding tours for vision-impaired viewers; Museum of Cultural History shows; Matisse retrospective exhibition; Palmer Ducommun; Katherine White and Robert Thompson; school field trips to UCLA exhibitions; African Art in Motion show; Lillian Weiner, Judy Murphy, and Katherine White; Frederick S. Wight and The Negro in American Art exhibition; Noah Purifoy and Judson Powell; Los Angeles Times, Henry Seldis, and William Wilson; Los Angeles Herald-Examiner reviews; Hani Mori and Birds, Beasts, Blossoms, and Bugs: The Nature of Japan show; June Wayne lithographs; Jacques Lipchitz and Varian Fry; Lipchitz retrospective at UCLA; LeRoy Davidson and Indian Subcontinent Art from Los Angeles Collections, 1968; the Harry Lenarts; Stendahl Gallery; Carole Magnuson and Art Council publicity for UCLA galleries; Robert H. Gray and combined efforts with Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Edith Tonelli; Art Council members: Frances Brody, Jo Ann Ganz, Barbara Poe; Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden; Helen Wolford; Betty Faris; Jackie Leisure and naming of Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery; Charles and Carmela Speroni; Gerald Nordland; gallery directorships.