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Interviews with artists participating in the Popular Image exhibition, Washington Gallery of Modern Art

Creator:
Klüver, Billy, 1927-2004  Search this
Subject:
Brecht, George  Search this
Dine, Jim  Search this
Johns, Jasper  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Rosenquist, James  Search this
Warhol, Andy  Search this
Watts, Robert M.  Search this
Wesley, John  Search this
Wesselmann, Tom  Search this
Washington Gallery of Modern Art (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1963
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19362
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Washington Gallery of Modern Art records, 1961-1989
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19362

Joan Kron papers

Topic:
Tonight Show (Television Program)
Creator:
Kron, Joan  Search this
Names:
Beautiful Bag Co. (Philadelphia,Pa.)  Search this
Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association of Philadelphia. Arts Council  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Dine, Jim, 1935-  Search this
Hendricks, Geoffrey  Search this
Indiana, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Klüver, Billy, 1927-2004  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997  Search this
Maitin, Sam  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929- -- Photographs  Search this
Paik, Nam June, 1932-  Search this
Rosenberg, Karl  Search this
Sabol, Audrey, 1922-  Search this
Saint-Phalle, Niki de, 1930-  Search this
Segal, George, 1924-2000 -- Photographs  Search this
Tinguely, Jean, 1925-  Search this
Turner, Evan H.  Search this
Venturi, Robert  Search this
Watts, Robert M., 1923-1988  Search this
Extent:
1.4 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Video recordings
Drawings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Paintings
Ledgers (account books)
Date:
1959-1971
Summary:
The papers of New York City art entrepreneur, curator, and journalist Joan Kron date from 1959 to 1971 and measure 1.4 linear feet. The papers include correspondence, scattered financial records, notes and writings, printed material, photographs, a sound and video recording, and project/exhibition files concerning Kron's involvement in the 1960s with the exhibtions of the Arts Council of the Young Men's/Women's Hebrew Association (YM/WHA)of Philadelphia and her business, the Beautiful Bag and Box Co.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of New York City art entrepreneur, curator, and journalist Joan Kron date from 1959 to 1971 and measure 1.4 linear feet. The papers include correspondence, scattered financial records, notes and writings, printed material, photographs, a sound and video recording, and project/exhibition files concerning Kron's involvement in the 1960s with the exhibtions of the Arts Council of the Young Men's/Women's Hebrew Association (YM/WHA)of Philadelphia and her business, the Beautiful Bag and Box Co.

Papers relating to Kron's volunteer chairmanship of the Arts Council of the Young Men's/Women's Hebrew Association (YM/WHA)of Philadelphia include general files concerning the administration and operation of the organization, as well as exhibition files for Art 1963/ A New Vocabulary (1962) and Museum of Merchandise 1967.) Files generally consist of correspondence, clippings and other printed materials, notes and writings, photographs, and financial documents. The exhibition files for Art 1963/ A New Vocabulary include a typescript "Dictionary Suggestions" by Billy Klüver which contains slang terms with creative definitions, and photographs of Claes Oldenburg, Billy Klüver, Joan Kron, Sam Maitin, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Audrey Sabol, George Segal, Jean Tinguely, and Robert Watts. The files for Museum of Merchandise contain a painting on paper by Geoffrey Hendricks, a drawing by Ray Johnson, a photograph of fabric designer Karl Rosenberg, a photograph of a wedding dress design by Christo, and a 1/2" open reel videotape made by Nam Jun Paik of Kron's appearance on The Tonight Show.

The records of the Beautiful Bag and Box Co., an art entrepreneurial business created by Kron and her colleague Audrey Sabol, include correspondence, a ledger of sales and deposits, income tax records, miscellaneous invoices, notes and writings, clippings, miscellaneous printed material, and photographs. Also found are project/product files for Art Museum Store, Temporary Tattoos, Durable Dishes designed by Roy Lichtenstein, Eat Pin likely designed by Robert Indiana, Art on Billboards, and Stunning Stationery. The file for project Art on Billboards contains postcards from Allan Kaprow and Jim Dine expressing interest in the project, and a photograph of Edwin and Audrey Sabol on a motorcycle posing in front of a billboard designed by Roy Lichtenstein. There is also a 7" audio reel tape recording of a radio program Hey, Look at That containing comments about billboards from Kron, Roy Lichtenstein, architect Robert Venturi, and Evan H. Turner, Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 2 series:

Series 1: Arts Council of the YM/YWHA of Philadelphia, 1959-1971 (Box 1-2, OV 3; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 2: Beautiful Bag and Box Co., 1963-1969 (Box 1-2; 0.8 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Joan Kron (circa 1928-) is a fashion and style journalist in New York City, but began her career in Philadelphia as an advocate of avante-garde artists and co-founder of The Beautiful Bag Co. which worked with artists to produce commercial household and fashion art products. Kron worked on projects with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Indiana, among others.

Joan Kron was born circa 1928 in New York. She studied at the Yale University School of Drama from 1946-1948, graduating with a degree in costume design. She married surgeon Dr. Samuel Kron and lived in Philadelphia during the 1960s. For almost a decade, Kron volunteered as chairman of the Arts Council of the Young Men's/Young Women's Hebrew Association of Philadelphia (YM/YWHA.) The YM/YMA Arts Council focused on promoting and hosting new and avant-garde programs in dance, theatre, poetry, crafts, and the visual arts. Under Kron's leadership, the YM/YWHA Arts Council curated Arts1963/A New Vocabulary (1962) and Museum of Merchandise (1967.)

Kron's work with the Arts Council allowed her to build business partnerships with several artists. She partnered with Andy Warhol to produce a line of perfume, "You're In," packaged in silver Coca-Cola bottles, with Robert Indiana for a Love Ring, and other products and projects associated with the exhibitions of the Arts Council. Then, around 1964, she partnered with colleague Audrey Sabol to form The Beautiful Bag and Box Co. and continued to explore commercial products created or designed by artists, including a line of dinnerware "Durable Dishes" designed by Roy Lichtenstein, a series of billboards displaying art work and the Eat Pin, most likely designed by Robert Indiana.

Kron began her career in journalism in the late 1960s by contributing an article about a cannabis harvest in an upscale neighborhood to the Philadelphia magazine in 1969. She continued to write for the magazine until after her divorce. She moved to New York City in 1971 and was hired by New York magazine. She researched and wrote a special issue about the blossoming SoHo art district. Kron then focused the remainder of her career primarily on writing, and worked for a number of magazines and newspapers, and published several books. As of 2010, she was living in New York City and working as contributing editor at large for Condé Nast's Allure magazine, primarily covering the subject of cosmetic surgery.
Related Materials:
Additional copies of microfilm reels 4224-4225 are available at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Also found in the Archives are selected papers of the Young Men's/Women's Hebrew Association Arts Council that were loaned by Judith Golden for microfilming, and are now available only on microfilm reels 3898. Another small collection of printed material from the YM/WHA records was donated by Acey Wolgin and microfilmed on reel 4340, and transferred to the Smithsonian American Art Museum Library's vertical files.
Provenance:
Joan Kron donated her papers in 1987.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Joan Kron papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Curators -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Arts administrators  Search this
Pop art United States  Search this
Wearable art United States  Search this
Design, Industrial -- United States  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Drawings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Paintings
Ledgers (account books)
Citation:
Joan Kron papers, 1959-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kronjoan
See more items in:
Joan Kron papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kronjoan
Additional Online Media:

Robert Rauschenberg [videorecording] : inventive genius / a co-production of Thirteen/WNET and Film Odyssey, Inc. ; directed, written and produced by Karen Thomas

Title:
Robert Rauschenberg, inventive genius
Author:
Thomas, Karen  Search this
Hopper, Dennis 1936-  Search this
Saff, Donald 1937-  Search this
Rauschenberg, Christopher 1951-  Search this
Tomkins, Calvin 1925-  Search this
Cunningham, Merce  Search this
Kotz, Mary Lynn  Search this
Close, Chuck 1940-  Search this
Javits, Marian B  Search this
Rosenquist, James 1933-  Search this
Klüver, Billy 1927-2004  Search this
Goldman, Judith  Search this
Marden, Brice 1938-  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Felsen, Sidney B  Search this
Goldston, Bill  Search this
Brown, Trisha 1936-  Search this
Byrne, David 1952-  Search this
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Film Odyssey (Firm)  Search this
Fox Lorber Associates  Search this
WinStar Home Entertainment (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Rauschenberg, Robert 1925-2008  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert 1925-2008 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
1 videocassette (57 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in
Type:
Videorecordings
Date:
1999
C1999
20th century
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
video 000372
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_610715

What are you working on now? : a pictorial memoir of the 60's / by Billy Klüver

Author:
Klüver, Billy 1927-2004  Search this
Experiments in Art and Technology (Organization)  Search this
Physical description:
99 p. : chiefly ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1983
C1983
20th century
Topic:
Arts, American  Search this
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)--History  Search this
Technology and the arts--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NX504 .K46 1983
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_651682

A day with Picasso : twenty-four photographs by Jean Cocteau / Billy Klüver

Author:
Klüver, Billy 1927-2004  Search this
Subject:
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973 Pictorial works  Search this
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973 Friends and associates Pictorial works  Search this
Cocteau, Jean 1889-1963 Contributions in photography  Search this
Physical description:
99 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1997
C1997
Call number:
N40.1.P58 K58 E1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_525498

Kiki's Paris : artists and lovers 1900-1930 / by Billy Klüver and Julie Martin

Author:
Klüver, Billy 1927-2004  Search this
Martin, Julie  Search this
Subject:
Kiki 1901-1953  Search this
Physical description:
263 p. : ill., maps ; 30 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
France
Paris
Montparnasse (Paris, France)
Date:
1989
20th century
Topic:
Artists--Biography  Search this
Expatriate artists  Search this
Artists' models  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_369566

E.A.T. bibliography, August 12, 1965-January 18, 1980 / by Billy Klüver

Author:
Klüver, Billy 1927-2004  Search this
Subject:
Experiments in Art and Technology (Organization) Bibliography  Search this
Physical description:
87 p. : group port. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1980
C1980
Call number:
Z5936.E87 K66 1980
Z5936.E87K66 1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_132889

Pavilion. By Experiments in Art and Technology. Edited by Billy Klüver, Julie Martin, and Barbara Rose

Author:
Klüver, Billy 1927-2004  Search this
Martin, Julie Pavilion  Search this
Rose, Barbara Pavilion  Search this
Experiments in Art and Technology (Organization)  Search this
Subject:
Expo (International Exhibitions Bureau) (1970 : Osaka, Japan)  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 346 p. illus. 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1972
Topic:
Art and technology  Search this
Call number:
N72.T4 K66
N72.T4K66
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_40758

Inventing downtown : artist-run galleries in New York City, 1952-1965 / Melissa Rachleff ; introduction by Lynn Gumpert ; interviews by Billy Klüver and Julie Martin

Author:
Rachleff, Melissa  Search this
Writer of introduction:
Gumpert, Lynn  Search this
Interviewer:
Klüver, Billy 1927-2004  Search this
Martin, Julie 1938-  Search this
Host institution:
Grey Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
296 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 32 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Lower Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
2017
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Artist-run galleries  Search this
Intellectual life  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1072637

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