Oral Histories

Interview of Betye Saar

African American artist.
African-American Artists of Los Angeles: Betye Saar
African American Artists of Los Angeles
African American History
Biographical Note:
African American artist.
Mason, Karen Anne
Saar, Betye
Persons Present:
Saar and Mason.
Place Conducted:
Saar's home in Los Angeles, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Karen Anne Mason; B.A., English, Simmons College; M.A., Art History, UCLA.
Processing of Interview:
Janet Shiban, editor, Gold Shield intern, edited the interview. She checked the verbatim transcript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling, and verified proper names. Words and phrases inserted by the editor have been bracketed. Saar reviewed the transcript. She verified proper names and made minor corrections and additions. Alex Cline, editor, prepared the table of contents. Lisa Magee, editorial assistant, assembled the biographical summary and interview history. Kathleen McAlister, editorial assistant, compiled the index.
5.10 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
The interviews in the series African American Artists of Los Angeles document significant African American Artists and others in the Los Angeles metropolitan area who have worked to expand exhibition opportunities and public support for African American visual culture. The series was made possible in part by support from the UCLA Center for African American Studies, Institute of American Cultures.
The Art of Betye and Alison Saar. Topics discussed include the exhibit itself, the collaborative process involved in creating The House of Grís-Grís, the two artists' views of each other's work, their individual creative processes, and their sources of inspiration.