An interview of Janet W. Solinger conducted 2005 October 7, by Marc Pachter, for the Archives of American Art, in Solinger's home, in Washington, D.C.
Solinger speaks of living in New York in the 1960s, what she calls the "Golden Ages"; going to an exhibition of Mark Rothko's work with her sister; working as an administrator with the Jewish Museum in New York; the climate for women in the museum profession in the 1960s and 70s; becoming the director of publications at New York University; moving to Washington, D.C., to become director of the Smithsonian Resident Associates program; various public programs she created for the Smithsonian during her career; and becoming the vice president for public programs at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She recalls Nelson Glick, Louis Finkelstein, Ben Heller, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Joan Rosebaum, Sam Hunter, Dillon Ripley, Lisa Taylor, David Levy, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Janet Solinger is an arts administrator from Washington, D.C. Marc Pachter is the director of the National Portrait gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Originally recorded 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 44 min.
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.
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This accession consists of records which document the professional activities of Janet W. Solinger during the years she was Director of The Smithsonian Associates and
following her retirement. Materials include correspondence, articles, awards, brochures, and photographs.
This accession consists of audiovisual recordings of interviews given by Janet W. Solinger, Director of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program, 1973-1992. Materials
include audiotapes and videotapes.
This accession consists of two folders of incoming correspondence to Janet W. Solinger, former Director of The Smithsonian Associates. The first folder consists of
autograph letters from notable personalities, dating from 1965 to 1990. The second folder consists of miscellaneous correspondence, 1982 to 1993.