Oral Histories

Interview of Eudorah M. Moore

Curator of design at the Pasadena Art Museum. Founder of the museum’s Art Alliance and director of the museum’s California Design exhibitions.
Pasadena Art Museum: Eudorah M. Moore
Oral History of the Pasadena Art Museum
Ratner, Joanne L.
Moore, Eudorah M.
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 Joanne L. Ratner, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., American Studies/Art History, Scripps College; M.A., Art History/Museum Studies, University of Southern California.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This series focuses on the history of the Pasadena Museum of Art and its role as a pathbreaking venue for contemporary art in Southern California in the 1960s.
Moore's early life; founding of the Art Alliance of the Pasadena Art Museum; the Pasadena Art Museum decides to focus on contemporary art; the Carmelita Coordinating Committee becomes the Pasadena Arts Council; lack of community interest in modern art; Robert A. Rowan; Arthur Hanisch; Harold Jurgensen; origins of the California Design program; crafts as a legitimate art form; continued resistance to design show; California Design exhibition catalog; Islands in the Land exhibit; California Design incorporated as a separate entity; California Design 1910 at Pasadena's exhibition center; California Design 1976 at Pacific Design Center; Norton Simon acquires museum; the Fiber as Medium symposium; Moore's election as president of the museum board of trustees; the museum's acquisition of the Galka Scheyer Blue Four Collection; construction of the new museum building; deaccessioning of permanent collection; construction of new building begins without endowment in place; Moore resigns; Martha B. Padve and the Fellows of Contemporary Art; the board of trustees; Rowan's active support of the museum; Virginia Steele Scott and the proposed Asian art wing; fund-raising; exhibitions curated by Walter Hopps; Thomas G. Terbell; William C. Agee; John Coplans; Barbara Haskell's tenure as the last curator; John Palmer Leeper; Harold Jurgensen's effectiveness as president of the board and as a fund-raiser; Alfred Esberg's tenure as president; Gifford Phillips; the museum's contribution to Pasadena and Southern California; Moore works as head of the crafts section of the Visual Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts.