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Turnbull (Betty) interviews with Southern California artists and related ephemera
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical Note
  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Betty Turnbull interviews with Southern California artists and related ephemera
    Date (inclusive): 1960-1988
    Number: 2015.M.28
    Creator/Collector: Turnbull, Betty, 1924-2010
    Physical Description: 2.6 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The collection consists of interviews with leading Southern California artists conducted by Betty Turnbull, in preparation for her 1976 exhibition The Last Time I Saw Ferus, which documented the circle of artists and art figures surrounding the Ferus Gallery. Also included are ephemera, photographs and correspondence relating to the exhibition and other projects.
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    Language: Collection material is in English.

    Biographical Note

    Betty Turnbull (1924-2010) was the first curator of exhibitions for the Newport Harbor Art Museum (now the Orange County Museum of Art), serving from 1968 to 1981. She also served as acting director of the museum from 1972 to 1973. She operated the TLK Gallery with Phyllis Lutjeans and Victoria Kogan from 1982 to 1985.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers. Audiovisual materials unvailable until reformatted.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Betty Turnbull interviews with Southern California artists and related ephemera, 1960-1988, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2015.M.28.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Glenda Winterbotham in memory of Betty Turnbull.

    Processing history

    Processed and described in March 2017 by Hannah Mandel and Ellen Colvin under the supervision of Kit Messick.

    Digitized Material

    C19 Craig Kauffman Laguna Beach, 1976 January 13, was digitized in 2018. Access is available only to on-site readers and Getty staff.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection comprises interviews, photographs, and ephemera related to southern California artists, art dealers and curators in the mid 1970s and 1980s, including Robert Irwin, Ed Ruscha and Ed Kienholz. The bulk of the collection relates to the organization of Turnbull's 1976 exhibition at the Newport Harbor Art Museum, The Last Time I Saw Ferus , which was focused on the legacy of Los Angeles' recently closed Ferus Gallery (1957-1966) and the artists affiliated with it. Also present are materials relating to other projects by Turnbull, such as the TLK Gallery, which Turnbull operated jointly with Phyllis Lutjeans and Victoria Kogan from 1982 to 1985, and articles written by and about Turnbull from the late 1970s and 1980s.


    The collection is arranged in two series: ; and .Series I. Interviews, 1975-1988 Series II. Papers and ephemera, 1960-1985

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Ruscha, Edward
    Plagens, Peter
    Kienholz, Edward, 1927-1994
    Hopps, Walter
    Irwin, Robert, 1928-
    Glicksman, Hal
    Blum, Irving, , 1930-
    Kauffman, Craig, 1932-2010
    Bischoff, Elmer, 1916-1991
    Park, David, 1911-1960
    Strombotne, James
    Harden, Marvin, 1935-
    Henderson, Victor, 1939-
    Oliveira, Nathan, 1928-2010
    Lutjeans, Phyllis
    Bengston, Billy Al

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Orange County Museum of Art (Calif.)
    Ferus Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)

    Subjects - Topics

    Art -- California -- Exhibitions
    Art, American -- California -- Exhibitions
    Art, American -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century
    Artists -- California -- Interviews
    Artists -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century
    Art museum curators -- Interviews

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Printed ephemera -- California
    Sound recordings


    Turnbull, Betty, 1924-2010
    Henderson, Victor, 1939-
    Lutjeans, Phyllis