An interview with Milton Derr
Bailey, Ronald William (Creator)
Derr, Milton (Interviewee)
Winters, Rosemary (Interviewer)
Harris, Milton (Interviewer)
Date created
[ca. 1989-1990]
Type of resource
Moving image
Video recordings (physical artifacts)
Oral histories
Digital origin
reformatted digital
Milton Derr, also known as Milton Johnson, is a painter, illustrator and educator. Born in 1932 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Derr studied at the Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Independent Group of Painters and Sculptors, Tokyo, Japan. He has been featured in many exhibitions, including several sponsored by Northeastern University's African-American Master Artists in Residency Program, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Studio Museum of Harlem. During the Korean War, he served in the United States Air Force. In 1964, Derr joined the faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He has also taught at Tufts University. Derr describes himself as a figurative painter whose style falls somewhere between expressionism and impressionism. He has been included among the blackstream artists of the 1960s and 1970s because although some of his works portray black subjects, his approach has been to universalize the black experience by focusing on themes that transcend race and employing generally accepted modern art techniques in the European tradition.
Recommended Citation
An Interview with Milton Derr, Ronald W. Bailey oral history collection, 1989-1990 (M153), Archives and Special Collections Department, Northeastern University Libraries.
Collection finding aid: http://hdl.handle.net/2047/D20297052
Ronald W. Bailey oral history collection, 1989-1990 (M153), University Library, Archives and Special Collections, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
Related item
Ronald W. Bailey oral history collection, 1989-1990 (M153)
Subjects and keywords
Derr, Milton
African American art -- Massachusetts -- Boston
African American artists -- Massachusetts -- Boston
African Americans -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Social conditions
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