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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical / Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Clare Spark interviews with artists, curators, and intellectuals,
    Date (inclusive): 1968-1981
    Number: 2010.M.91
    Creator/Collector: Spark, Clare
    Physical Description: 8.8 Linear Feet (11 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: A collection of audio tapes from radio programs produced and hosted by Clare Spark. Spark's radio programs engaged with leading figures in the art world, covering broad issues as well as events of particular concern to the Southern California arts community.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical / Historical Note

    Clare Spark was born in 1937 in New York City. She received a bachelors degree from Cornell University in 1958 and went on to receive graduate degrees from Harvard and UCLA in education and history respectively. From 1969 through 1998 she produced hundreds of radio programs on the politics of the art world for Los Angeles Pacifica station KPFK. One program, The Sour Apple Tree, aired weekly during the 1970s, addressing issues on the politics of culture. In 1980 she produced and hosted The Afternoon Air on KPFK, a daily (weekday) three-hour montage of news, public affairs features, documentaries, music, and interviews. Spark was Program Director for the radio station between 1981 and 1982.

    Administrative Information


    Audio tapes are unavailable until reformatted. Contact the repository for information regarding access.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Clare Spark interviews with artists, curators, and intellectuals, 1968-1981, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2010.M.91.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Clare Spark. Acquired in 2010.

    Processing History

    The original inventory was made by Annette Doss in 2012. Laura Schroffel encoded the finding aid, completed processing, and enhanced the description of the collection in 2014.

    Digitized Material

    Selected recordings have been digitized: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/2010m91 

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection is comprised of audiocassette tapes and 1/4 inch audiotape on 7- and 10- inch reels. The tapes in the collection are surviving copies of the finished radio broadcasts as well as unedited interviews conducted by Clare Spark. Between 1969 and 1981 Clare Spark produced radio shows (many under the title of The Sour Apple Tree) for KPFK-FM. Her programming interests included topics in the arts as well as history, politics, and music. Spark's engaged with intellectuals and leading figures in the art world on her radio programs, including Irving Blum, Hans Haacke, Roy Lichtenstein, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Donald Barthelme, Allan Kaprow, Judy Chicago, François Truffaut, John Lennon, Robert Rauschenberg, Henry Geldzahler among others. Programs often focused on individual figures and on subjects including the Art Workers Coalition, the founding of the Woman's Building, the closing of Ferus Gallery, the activities of museum boards, the rise of Feminism and media studies as disciplines, and the public reception of major exhibitions.


    Materials are arranged chronologically. Undated materials are arranged alphabetically by show title or provided description. Dates given are mostly the broadcast dates. Specific broadcast dates and recording dates are included in the notes when available. Titles were transcribed from labels or derived from handwritten notes.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Rauschenberg, Robert
    Merleau-Ponty, Maurice
    Truffaut, François
    Spark, Clare
    Kaprow, Allan
    Haacke, Hans
    Lichtenstein, Roy
    Lennon, John
    Barthelme, Donald
    Blum, Irving
    Chicago, Judy
    Geldzahler, Henry

    Subjects - Topics

    Radio talk shows
    Radio programs

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Interviews -- United States -- 20th century
    Audiotapes -- 20th century
    Sound recordings -- United States -- 20th century
    Audiocasettes -- United States -- 20th century
    Radio interviews


    Truffaut, François
    Lennon, John
    KPFK (Radio station : Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Barthelme, Donald
    Chicago, Judy
    Geldzahler, Henry
    Blum, Irving
    Spark, Clare
    Rauschenberg, Robert
    Kaprow, Allan
    Haacke, Hans
    Merleau-Ponty, Maurice
    Lichtenstein, Roy