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Parsons School of Design oral history program ➔ Audio interview with Maurice Sherman

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Wendy Scheir (interviewer)
Maurice Sherman (interviewee)


June 12 2013


Interviewed by archivist Wendy Scheir at Grape & Vine restaurant, 52 West 13th Street, New York City. Maurice Sherman narrates his parents’ post-World War II immigration to the United States, and his subsequent childhood in Coney Island near Sea Gate, Brooklyn. Sherman’s father was a tailor who initially worked for Bergdorf Goodman, then opened up his own shop at 83rd Street and Lexington Avenue. The shop included as its clients Senator Jacob K. Javitz, as well as Marlene Deitrich. Sherman describes his early art making — for which he received an award from then-Mayor John Lindsay — at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as his studies at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and early work in advertising. Sherman eventually joined the faculty at SVA, where he became an early adopter of Apple technologies. From SVA, Al Greenberg eventually recruited Sherman for the faculty at Parsons School of Design. In addition to Greenberg, Sherman also mentions Marshall Arisman, Leon Friend, Martin Solomon, Gilbert Stone, and Henry Wolf, as well as Parsons’ affiliate in the Dominican Republic, Altos de Chavón School of Design.





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