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Oral history interview with Tom Jancar

Interviewee:
Jancar, Tom, 1950  Search this
Interviewer:
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter  Search this
Names:
Bowers Museum  Search this
Claire Copley Gallery  Search this
Jancar Gallery  Search this
Jancar/Kuhlenschmidt Gallery  Search this
Orange Coast College -- Students  Search this
University of California, Irvine -- Students  Search this
Ader, Bas Jan, 1942-1975  Search this
Amico, David, 1951-  Search this
Askevold, David  Search this
Cointet, Guy de, 1934-1983  Search this
DeLap, Tony, 1927-2019  Search this
Gagosian, Larry  Search this
Garver, Thomas H.  Search this
Glicksman, Hal  Search this
Hebron, Micol  Search this
Hubbard, Kim  Search this
Jimmerson, Tom  Search this
Kauffman, Craig, 1932-2010  Search this
Kira, Hiromu, 1898-1991  Search this
Kuhlenschmidt, Richard  Search this
Lawler, Louise  Search this
Leider, Philip, 1929-  Search this
Milant, Jean, 1943-  Search this
Prince, Richard, 1949-  Search this
Segalove, Ilene, 1950-  Search this
Sprinkle, Annie, 1954-  Search this
Tippett, Phil  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (sound files (2 hr., 30 min.) Audio, digital, wav)
58 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2017 June 23
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Tom Jancar conducted June 23 2017, by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, for the Archives of American Art, at Pomona College, Art Department, Claremont, California.
Mr. Jancar discusses his family's origins in the Pasadena, California area; his mother's interest in painting and his early exposure to art in their home; the impact of music on his early art understanding; his first classes in art history at Orange Coast College and subsequent art degrees from UC Irvine; his interest in collecting Pictorialist photography in the Los Angeles area; his first exposures to Conceptual art at UC Irvine; his time as a teaching assistant for Bas Jan Ader at UCI; the impact of visits as a student to galleries in the L.A. area, especially the Claire Copley Gallery. Mr. Jancar also describes his work as an art preparator at the Bowers Museum; his time performing construction work with Tom Jimmerson for galleries in the L.A. area; his friendship with Richard Kuhlenschmidt and the opening of the Jancar/Kuhlenschmidt Gallery in the Los Altos Apartments building in 1980; Mr. Jancar's decision to leave the gallery business in 1982 and to devote his time to working in corporate architecture; his return to the gallery world in 2006 and the opening of the Thomas Jancar Gallery; his focus on women artists and emphasis on showing the work of emerging artists alongside more established artists; his decision to leave the gallery world once again in 2015, and the closing of his gallery. Mr. Jancar also recalls Hal Glicksman, Tom Jimmerson, Craig Kauffman, Tom Garver, Phil Tippett, Tony DeLap, Ilene Segalove, Hiromu Kira, Guy de Cointet, as well as Kim Hubbard, David Amico, Phil Leider, Larry Gagosian, Louise Lawler, Jean Milant, Micol Hebron, Richard Prince, Annie Sprinkle, and David Askevold, among others.
Biographical / Historical:
Tom Jancar (1950- ) a contemporary art dealer who owns Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is a writer in Los Angeles, California.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the Jancar Gallery records.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Topic:
Art dealers -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Gallery owners -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.jancar17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-jancar17

Jancar Gallery records

Creator:
Jancar Gallery  Search this
Names:
Jancar/Kuhlenschmidt Gallery  Search this
Alf, Martha, 1930-  Search this
Chicago, Judy, 1939-  Search this
Cumming, Robert, 1943-  Search this
Day, Linda  Search this
Duane, Hildegarde  Search this
Hebrun, Micol  Search this
Jancar, Tom, 1950  Search this
Jones, Mary, 1953-  Search this
Korman, Harriet  Search this
Kuhlenschmidt, Richard  Search this
Meyer, Melissa  Search this
Mogul, Susan  Search this
Newton, Richard, 1948  Search this
Segalove, Ilene, 1950-  Search this
Thibeault, Marie  Search this
Extent:
2.5 Linear feet
23.8 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Electronic records (digital records)
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1972-2015
bulk 2006-2015
Summary:
The records of Jancar Gallery, located in Los Angeles, California, measure 2.5 linear feet and 23.80 GB and date from circa 1972 to 2015, with the bulk of the papers dating from 2006 to 2014. The collection includes exhibition and artist files; administrative and financial records; printed and digital material; and records of the Jancar/Kuhlenschmidt Gallery.
Scope and Contents:
The records of Jancar Gallery, located in Los Angeles, California, measure 2.5 linear feet and 23.80 GB and date from circa 1972 to 2015, with the bulk of the papers dating from 2006 to 2014. The collection includes exhibition and artist files; administrative and financial records; printed and digital material; and records of the Jancar/Kuhlenschmidt Gallery.

Exhibition and artist files make up the bulk of the collection. They include artist resumes; artist statements; exhibition planning materials; slides and photographs of work; exhibition announcements and catalogs; price lists; consignment agreements; correspondence; clippings; and digital media such as digital photographs and videos. Also included are materials related to the "narratives of the perverse" exhibition (circa 2008) and materials related to the gallery's exhibition history.

Artists documented within the exhibition and artist files include Martha Alf, Judy Chicago, Robert Cumming, Linda Day, Hildegarde Duane, Micol Hebron, Mary Jones, Harriet Korman, Melissa Meyer, Susan Mogul, Richard Newton, Ilene Segalove, and Marie Thibeault, among others.

Administrative and financial records include mailing list materials, invoices and agreements, and digital records.

The printed materials include exhibition announcements, exhibition catalogs, exhibition posters, clippings, and ephemera.

Also found in this collection is a selection of Tom Jancar's records related to the Jancar/Kuhlenschmidt Gallery, which Tom Jancar operated in Los Angeles with Richard Kuhlenschmidt from 1980 to 1982. These records are primarily administrative/financial records and printed material, and also include a file on artist David Askevold; some records are in digital format.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as four series.

Series 1: Exhibition and Artist Files, circa 1972-2015, bulk 2006-2015 (Box 1; 1 linear foot, ER01-ER46; 21.34 GB)

Series 2: Administrative and Financial Records, circa 1980s, 2006-2014 (Box 2; 0.3 linear feet, ER47-ER48; 0.128 GB)

Series 3: Printed and Digital Material, 2005-2014 (Box 2; 0.4 linear feet, OV 4, OV 5; ER49-ER52; 0.239 GB)

Series 4: Records of the Jancar/Kuhlenschmidt Gallery, circa 1977-1982 (Boxes 2-3; 0.6 linear feet, OV 6; ER53-ER56; 2.09 GB)
Biographical / Historical:
The Jancar Gallery (established 2006-closed 2016) was a Los Angeles, California art gallery operated by Tom Jancar. The gallery opened in a building on Wilshire Boulevard before relocating to its Chinatown location on Chung King Road in the summer of 2008. Jancar Gallery did not specialize in any particular kind of art, exhibitions included collage, painting, photography, sculpture, multimedia installation, etc., but it showed predominantly women artists for much of the time it was open. In a short 2014 interview with Christine Palma (possibly at the Photo LA art expo), Tom Jancar gives the statistic as 70-80% female artists showing at the gallery.

Tom Jancar has a BA in art history and an MFA in studio art from the University of California, Irvine. In 1980, he and Richard Kuhlenschmidt opened the Jancar/Kuhlenschmidt Gallery. That gallery closed in 1982. In 2006, he opened Jancar Gallery, which he operated until it closed in 2016.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery records, 1980-1992. This collection includes materials related to the Jancar/Kuhlenschmidt Gallery.
Provenance:
The Jancar Gallery records were donated to the Archives of American Art by Tom Jancar.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of born-digital records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- California
Genre/Form:
Electronic records (digital records)
Photographs
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Jancar Gallery records, circa 1972-2015, bulk 2006-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.jancgall
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Jancar Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-jancgall
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Oral history interview with Tom Jancar, 2017 June 23

Interviewee:
Jancar, Tom, 1950-  Search this
Jancar, Tom, 1950-  Search this
Interviewer:
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter  Search this
Subject:
Ader, Bas Jan  Search this
Amico, David  Search this
Askevold, David  Search this
Cointet, Guy de  Search this
DeLap, Tony  Search this
Gagosian, Larry  Search this
Garver, Thomas H.  Search this
Glicksman, Hal  Search this
Hebron, Micol  Search this
Hubbard, Kim  Search this
Jimmerson, Tom  Search this
Kauffman, Craig  Search this
Kira, Hiromu  Search this
Kuhlenschmidt, Richard  Search this
Lawler, Louise  Search this
Leider, Philip  Search this
Milant, Jean  Search this
Prince, Richard  Search this
Segalove, Ilene  Search this
Sprinkle, Annie  Search this
Tippett, Phil  Search this
Bowers Museum  Search this
Claire Copley Gallery  Search this
Jancar Gallery  Search this
Jancar/Kuhlenschmidt Gallery  Search this
Orange Coast College  Search this
University of California, Irvine  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art dealers -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Gallery owners -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17485
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)389161
AAA_collcode_jancar17
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_389161
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