The New School Archives Digital Collections

Parsons School of Design oral history program ➔ Audio interview with Alison Hannan


Related people/organizations

Wendy Scheir (depicts)
Alison Smith Hannan (depicts)

Date

October 2 – 3 2011

Location:

Parsons Institutional Collections

Identifier:

PC070102_Hannan_20111002

MLA Citation:

Audio interview with Alison Hannan. October 2 – 3 2011. Parsons School of Design oral history program. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 19 May 2019

Description TRANSCRIPT

Interviewed by archivist Wendy Scheir at Alison Hannan’s home in Guilford, Vermont. Hannan describes her childhood in New York City’s East Village, where she attended the City and Country School, as well as her education at Parsons School of Design in the early 1950s. Hannan details both the studio techniques in which she was trained, as well as the liberal arts (specifically, art history) curriculum intended to complement this practice. Hannan also discusses her time at Parsons’ Paris Ateliers location and furloughs to Italy and Scotland, as well as her studies under Van Day Truex. She also illustrates the school’s long standing support for the LGBT community.