Haskell, Jane
Interview Date
Respondent. Artist, born 1923.
[T1S1] Respondent describes relationship with grandparents; their background, siblings, children. Respondent mentions parent's courtship, marriage; father's career after his jewelry store closed. Respondent elaborates on father, brother's involvement in war effort during WWII; brother's jobs, marriages, children. Respondent talks about her schooling; friendships; growing up in New York City; being sheltered from anti-Semitism; her confirmation.
[T1S2] Respondent recalls how interest in art started; college classes. Respondent mentions courtship, marriage to Ed Haskell in 1945; first job creating window displays; continuing art classes in painting, sculpture with Sam Rosenberg. Respondent discusses Ed's career in advertising; his family; starting manufacturing business with brother; their move to Pittsburgh in 1949; early years in Pittsburgh; children's birth. Respondent recalls artists who influenced her art career; classes, workshops in painting. Respondent elaborates on Rosenberg's influence on her artistic expression; attending University of Pittsburgh's graduate school in 1957 to study art. Respondent mentions brother's death; his work in art of bronze castings.
[T2S3] Respondent elaborates on experiences in graduate school; balancing schoolwork with raising daughters; writing thesis entitled: AMERICAN ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISTS. Respondent recalls experiences teaching art history classes; helping create courses in studio arts at Duquesne. Respondent discusses her daughters; their schooling, college experiences, marriages, careers, children; daughter Ann's death in 1976; daughter Judy's experiences at Catholic preparatory school. Respondent recalls husband's business; how it was started; husband's role in company; his death in 1988. Respondent talks about difficulties she faces getting shows in galleries; Pittsburgh galleries; AIR Gallery in New York City, nonprofit gallery for women. Respondent explains how art shows have changed; her early works in painting and sculpture; how her artwork has evolved; prices for her artwork.
[T2S4] Respondent mentions her father's interest in painting. Respondent talks about some of her exhibits; becoming interested in working with neon tubes; troubles, solutions she had working with neon tubing. Respondent talks about some of her neon art pieces including light harps. Respondent describes how she was commissioned by Subway Commission to create piece for Steel Plaza Station; process behind piece entitled "Rivers of Light." Respondent elaborates on her art gallery shows; "window series" show at Concept Gallery; New York exhibits. Respondent discusses importance of AIR; art world in New York; her happiness working in Pittsburgh; how she created the neon harp. Respondent lists prizes she has won; places where her work is shown.
[T3S5] Respondent mentions husband's involvement in Jewish community; family vacations. Respondent mentions companies, workers that helped her create her neon pieces; commissions including "Tree of Knowledge" for University of Pittsburgh; "Window of Light" for Logan Airport; future piece for a Delta Air Terminal. Respondent mentions new material called fiber optics; how it might be used in her art.
A.I.R. Gallery (New York (N.Y.), N.Y.); Artists; Neon sculpture; New York (N.Y.); Rosenberg, Samuel, 1896-1972
Length (hours)
Herzog, Bernice
Herzog, Marvin
Collateral Materials
Box 102 FF 22
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