De Francia, Peter (8 of 20). National Life Stories Collection: Artists' Lives.

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    2000-02-24, 2000-03-23, 2000-05-15, 2000-07-20, 2000-08-11, 2000-09-28, 2000-10-04, 2001-02-14

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    Interviewee's home in London

  • Interviewees

    De Francia, Peter, 1921-2012 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)

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    Peter de Francia [PdeF] talks about how he met Doré Ashton in New York and the problems of how to meet people generally in a professional/social context. [Ref. to Rorimer who now seems to be a person who was involved with smuggling]. He describes working in a small way on exhibitions in NY and then getting a job at The American Museum of Central Park West where he re-designed some halls for showing prehistoric animals. Gives more background including the sense of a lack of pressure unlike today. This leads on to a more general discussion of how historically great collections were built up, and the destructive changes in modern curatorial practice through increasing commercialisation. A general discussion takes place about problems of display and collecting in the modern period. [ends a little early]

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