2002 Oral History Interview


An interview of Ruth Asawa and her husband, Albert Lanier, was conducted by Mark Johnson on June 21 and Paul Karlstrom on July 5, 2002 for the Archives of American Art, in the subjects’ home/studio in San Francisco, California.

Asawa and Lanier shared their memories of Black Mountain College, Josef and Anni Albers (with whom they became close friends) and Buckminster Fuller. Part of their account of those years and the early stage of their marriage dealt with issues of race.

Listen to a five minute excerpt from the interview below, and

Read the full two hour, twenty minute interview transcript at the Archives of American art website >

Oral history interview with Ruth Asawa and Albert Lanier, 2002 June 21-July 5. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.