Peter Stevens Oral History

Video directed by Graham Mason © Storm King Art Center, 2018

As Director of the Estate of David Smith, Peter Stevens has played a critical role in the display of the sculptor's work at Storm King. In this interview, Stevens details the planning of exhibitions of Smith’s work at Storm King over the last four decades, and speaks in great detail about each of the fourteen David Smith sculptures in the collection.
Interview Transcript
Interview with
Peter Stevens
Conducted by
Sarah Dziedzic
Interview Date
February 22, 2018, February 28, 2018
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The transcript is open for research use.
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Artworks Discussed
Albany I

David Smith

Albany I, 1959


David Smith

Becca, 1964

Cubi XXI (2)

David Smith

Cubi XXI, 1964

Five Units Equal

David Smith

Five Units Equal, 1956

Personage of May

David Smith

Personage of May, 1957

Portrait of a Lady Painter

David Smith

Portrait of a Lady Painter, 1954/1956–57

Raven V

David Smith

Raven V, 1959

Study in Arcs

David Smith

Study in Arcs, 1957

Tanktotem VII

David Smith

Tanktotem VII, 1960

The Iron Woman

David Smith

The Iron Woman, 1954–58

The Sitting Printer

David Smith

The Sitting Printer, 1954–55

Three Ovals Soar

David Smith

Three Ovals Soar, 1960

Volton XX

David Smith

Volton XX, 1963

XI Books III Apples

David Smith

XI Books III Apples, 1959

Exhibitions and programs discussed

David Smith: The White Sculptures

May 13 – November 12, 2017

The Fields of David Smith

May 19 – November 16, 1997
May 18 – November 15, 1998
May 17 – November 15, 1999

David Smith: Drawings for Sculpture

May 19 – October 31, 1982

David Smith

May 12 – October 31, 1976