Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Meyerowitz, William and Berstein, Theresa

Title:

Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Meyerowitz, William and Berstein, Theresa

Creator:

Meyerowitz, William Interviewee.;Berstein, Theresa Interviewee.;Masters, David Interviewer.

Publisher:

[Gloucester, Mass] ;Sawyer Free Library,

Date:

1978

Description:

2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file

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OH 79 Part 1
OH 79 Part 2

Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians.;Interviewer(s):David Masters(6/23/1978).

TRACKS: Meyerowitz was born in Russia in the city of Dnepropetrovsk - his wife, Theresa Bernstein, was born in this country in Philadelphia -- Russian experiments - started painting as a child with a theme of homes -- Some political ideas - communism is a 'form of Utopia' that has not been achieved in Russia or anywhere else for that matter, history of Russia since approximately 1900, the use of Cossacks in imperial Russia -- Some ideas about his Jewish identity and how it may have affected his painting -- Some occurrences in pre-revolutionary Russia -- 1909 arrival in New York - I was born twice, once in Russia, once in U.S. -- The Meyerowitzes meet each other in 1917 -- Marc Chagall and others -- The economics of painting, did architectural work when he was young -- 10 Other talents include cantorial and opera singing, The Italians couldn't sing German that well which led to opera singing, I speak Italian fluently from experiences in the opera -- Comparison of Gloucester to other cities, Mrs. Bernstein paints and is tremendously affected by people and their unconscious attitudes -- Old days on Rocky Neck -- Only paint Gloucester when here -- This Other Gloucester by James O'Gorman - Meyerowitz's contribution thereto -- Sings for the Universalist church and for the synagogue during the high holy days -- I use all my arts the best way possible. Why not? -- Acquaintance with Justice Holmes, and etching was made of him -- Favorite Cape Ann artists, I developed my art painting here. It was one of the great places to paint.

The following names and terms were used in this interview:Muzhik, Dnepropetrovsk, Socialist realism, Cossack.

Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.

Subject:

Artists -- Interviews.;Russian Americans -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester.;Gloucester (Mass.) -- Emigration and immigration.;Oral history -- Massachusetts -- Cape Ann.

Ann, Cape (Mass.) -- History -- Anecdotes.;Ann, Cape (Mass.) -- Social life and customs.

Collection :

Gloucester Oral History Collection

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Citation :

Meyerowitz, William Interviewee.;Berstein, Theresa Interviewee.;Masters, David Interviewer., "Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Meyerowitz, William and Berstein, Theresa," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #7682, http://heritage.noblenet.org/items/show/7682 (accessed October 21, 2014).