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Ault, Julie, 1957-  Search this
Kerr, Theodore, 1979-  Search this
Miller-Keller, Andrea  Search this
Nelson, Marybeth  Search this
Beck, Martin  Search this
Szypula, Peter  Search this
McCarty, Marlene  Search this
Gonzalez-Torres, Felix  Search this
Serrano, Andres  Search this
Moffett, Donald  Search this
Pasternak, Anne  Search this
Klein, Jochen  Search this
Evans, Steven  Search this
Meyer, Richard  Search this
Brennan, Patrick  Search this
Locks, Sabrina  Search this
Rollins, Tim  Search this
Maharaj, Sarat (Sarat Chandra),  Search this
Blake, Nayland  Search this
Kalin, Tom  Search this
Olander, William  Search this
Staniszewski, Mary Anne  Search this
Ashford, Doug  Search this
Sandqvist, Gertrud  Search this
Ramspacher, Karen  Search this
Wright, Charles  Search this
Hawkins, Yolanda  Search this
Alderfer, Hannah  Search this
Lindell, John  Search this
Alexander, Vikky  Search this
Rinder, Lawrence  Search this
McLaughlin, Mundy  Search this
Garrels, Gary  Search this
Phillips, Lisa  Search this
Wagner, Frank  Search this
Tucker, Marcia  Search this
National Endowment for the Arts  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Group Material (Firm : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
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New York (State)
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Audio: 6 sound files (6 hr., 3 min.) digital, wav
Transcript: 90 pages
An interview with Julie Ault conducted 2017 November 14 and 16, by Theodore Kerr, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at a studio in Brooklyn, New York.
Ault speaks of the nature of memory and giving an oral history; her skepticism of linear narratives; leaving rural Maine for Washington, DC at age 17; her family history; her interest in popular culture and commercial culture as a teenager; disco and nightclubs in Washington and New York in the late 1970's; working a variety of day jobs in New York, including a telephone answering service; meeting Tim Rollins for the first time in Maine; her interest in conversation; her relationship to questions; the formation of Group Material in 1979; her relationship with Andres Serrano; Group Material's collaborative dynamic, and its effect on her personal development; the complexities of trying to write or tell history; the shifting configurations and contexts of Group Material over 17 years of activity; mounting, and thinking critically about, individual exhibitions after Group Material; the first AIDS Timeline in 1989; the ephemerality of the Timeline; book projects as a means of depositing personal memories; her first memories of the AIDS crisis beginning in 1983; Group Material's Democracy and AIDS series at Dia in 1988; investigating the tension between art and activism in the context of HIV/AIDS; Karen Ramspacher's entry and contributions to Group Material; the initial decision to employ the form of a timeline and four arenas of research; different audience relationships and reactions to the Timeline; the collaborative process of creating the Timeline; losing NEA funding after the Timeline, amid the early '90s culture wars; Group Material's second exhibition of AIDS Timeline in 1990; her friendship with Felix Gonzalez-Torres; Group Material's third exhibition of AIDS Timeline in 1991; the Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart exhibition; and an acknowledgement of topics that could not be covered in the interview. Ault also recalls Doug Ashford, Vikky Alexander, Yolanda Hawkins, Mundy McLaughlin, Sarat Maharaj, Gertrud Sandqvist, Marybeth Nelson, Patrick Brennan, Hannah Alderfer, Peter Szypula, Sabrina Locks, Larry Rinder, Richard Meyer, Bill Olander, Marcia Tucker, Gary Garrels, Charles Wright, Frank Wagner, Martin Beck, Nayland Blake, Anne Pasternak, Mary Anne Staniszewski, John Lindell, Tom Kalin, Donald Moffett, Marlene McCarty, Jochen Klein, Lisa Phillips, Andrea Miller-Keller, Steven Evans, and others.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Julie Ault, 2017 November 14-16. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Funded by the Keith Haring Foundation.
Biography Note:
Julie Ault (1957- ) is an artist, writer, and curator in New York, New York. Theodore Kerr (1979- ) is a writer and organizer in New York, New York.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
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Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Washington (D.C.)  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Women artists  Search this
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