The oral histories comprising this collection were conducted in the fall and winter of 2010 in preparation for the exhibit, Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons, 1955-1985, with the goal of recording a range of perspectives on the interior and environmental design departments at Parsons School of Design in the 1960s and 1970s. During this period, Parsons' longstanding and famous interior design program completely transformed, adopting a more experimental and socially engaged program of study in the newly-created Environmental Design Department.
Related Archival Materials Note
The Kellen Design Archives holds multiple collections that address the subject of the exhibition and interviews. These include the Environmental Design Department records in the record group, Academic departments, programs and schools; Environmental Design class projects taught by Jean McClintock; the Records of Dean David C. Levy; and the student work of Kathleen Madden, Marty Spiegel, Chuck Burleigh, and Casey Danson, among others. Other oral history interviews of interest may be found in the Parsons School of Design Centenary Oral History Project, especially those with Stanley Barrows, Allen Tate, and David C. Levy. A digital video recording is also available of a panel discussion that took place in conjunction with the exhibition. Chuck Burleigh, Jean McClintock Gardner, Marty Spiegel, and David C. Levy were among those on the panel.
Marty Spiegel student workParsons School of Design Centenary Oral History Project