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Oral history, 1991.

Author: Richard H Koch; National Endowment for the Humanities,
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Publication:Museum of Modern Art Oral History Project, 1990-1994.
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Koch recalls his early days as a writer/director of industrial films and as an associate with the law firm of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, where he worked on Museum of Modern Art matters. He discusses the 1958 fire at the Museum, the legal ramifications of which resulted in his being hired full-time, and describes changes in the structure of trustee committees as well as his own various responsibilities.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
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Named Person: Richard H Koch; Walter Bareiss; Alfred H Barr, Jr.; William A M Burden; Arthur Drexler; Donald H Elliott; J Wilder Green; Rene D'Harnoncourt; John B Hightower; Philip Johnson; William Slattery Lieberman; Bates Lowry; Donald B Marron; Porter A McCray; Richard E Oldenburg; William S Paley; Eliza Bliss Parkinson; Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller; David Rockefeller; Nelson A Rockefeller; William Stanley Rubin; Edward L Saxe; Richard S Weinstein
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Richard H Koch; National Endowment for the Humanities,
OCLC Number: 86148441
In: Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Notes: Interview conducted by Sharon Zane for The Museum of Modern Art Oral History Project.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Description: 1 transcript (181 p.) 5 sound cassettes.

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Koch recalls his early days as a writer/director of industrial films and as an associate with the law firm of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, where he worked on Museum of Modern Art matters. He discusses the 1958 fire at the Museum, the legal ramifications of which resulted in his being hired full-time, and describes changes in the structure of trustee committees as well as his own various responsibilities. Koch offers personal reminiscences of Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Rene d'Harnoncourt, John B. Hightower, Bates Lowry, and Monroe Wheeler, and discusses in depth the period in the 1960s during which he, J. Wilder Green and Walter Bareiss assumed joint responsibility for the administration of the Museum. Also discussed are the Museum's 1964 building expansion, the planning phase of the 1984 expansion, the formation of the Museum's professional staff union (PASTA/MoMA), and the employee strikes of the early 1970s.

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