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Oral history interview with Lewis Iselin, 1981 September 30

Interviewee:
Iselin, Lewis, 1913-1990  Search this
Iselin, Lewis, 1913-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Geldzahler, Henry  Search this
Moe, Henry Allen  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Pearson, Ronald H. (Ronald Hayes)  Search this
Smith, Paul J.  Search this
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Saint-Gaudens Memorial (Organization)  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Museums -- United States -- Trustees -- interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Wax-modeling -- United States  Search this
Wearable art -- United States  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12095
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211955
AAA_collcode_iselin81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211955
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Audrey Sabol papers, 1962-1967

Creator:
Sabol, Audrey, 1922-  Search this
Sabol, Audrey, 1922-  Search this
Subject:
Di Suvero, Mark  Search this
YM/YWHA. Arts Council  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Topic:
Pop art  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- Exhibitions  Search this
Wearable art -- United States  Search this
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5593
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211758
AAA_collcode_saboaudr
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211758

Society of North American Goldsmiths records, [ca. 1965-2003], bulk bulk 1985-1995

Creator:
Society of North American Goldsmiths  Search this
Society of North American Goldsmiths  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Topic:
Art metal-work  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Wearable art -- United States  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Communities, Organizations, Museums  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11070
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)247399
AAA_collcode_socinort
Theme:
Craft
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_247399

Joan Kron papers, 1959-1971

Creator:
Kron, Joan  Search this
Kron, Joan  Search this
Subject:
Watts, Robert M.  Search this
Venturi, Robert  Search this
Dine, Jim  Search this
Christo  Search this
Segal, George  Search this
Paik, Nam June  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy  Search this
Sabol, Audrey  Search this
Rosenberg, Karl  Search this
Saint-Phalle, Niki de  Search this
Turner, Evan H.  Search this
Tinguely, Jean  Search this
Indiana, Robert  Search this
Hendricks, Geoffrey  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Klüver, Billy  Search this
Maitin, Sam  Search this
Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association of Philadelphia. Arts Council  Search this
Beautiful Bag Co. (Philadelphia,Pa.)  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Drawings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Paintings
Ledgers (account books)
Topic:
Tonight Show (Television Program)  Search this
Curators -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Pop art  Search this
Wearable art United States  Search this
Design, Industrial -- United States  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5587
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211919
AAA_collcode_kronjoan
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211919
Online Media:

Audrey Sabol papers

Creator:
Sabol, Audrey, 1922-  Search this
Names:
YM/YWHA. Arts Council  Search this
Di Suvero, Mark, 1933-  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Date:
1962-1967
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence and exhibition files documenting Audrey Sabol's involvement with the Arts Council of the Young Men's/Women's Hebrew Association of Philadelphia during the 1960s.
Exhibition files for Pop Art, contemporary sculpure, and artist-designed products include: "Art 1963/A New Vocabulary" (November 1962); "Dial Y for Sculpture" (October 1964); "How the West Has Done" (March 1966); and "Museum of Merchandise" (May 1967). The files contain correspondence, financial records, photographs, clippings, catalogs, announcements and other printed miscellany. The file for "Dial Y for Sculpture" includes untranscribed cassette tapes and CDs of artists describing their work and tapes of the Steve Reich composition "Buy Art, Buy Art"
Correspondence consists primarily of letters received from Mark di Suvero (1964-1965), whom Sabol became acquainted with during planning of "Dial Y for Sculpture," describing works in progress, materials, tools, personal impressions, and physical difficulties in working after his accident. Two letters contain sketches of his sculpture as well as sketches illustrating dismantling instructions for AMERIGO V. A few miscellaneous letters from Thomas Hess to Holmes Perkins and from Holmes Perkins, Nicholas Calas, and Dieter Rot to Sabol are included.
Biographical / Historical:
Audrey Sabol (1922- ) is a curator in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Partner with Joan Kron in the Beautiful Bag Co.
Provenance:
Donated 1986 by Audrey Sabol.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Pop art  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- Exhibitions  Search this
Wearable art -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.saboaudr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-saboaudr

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, 1931-2018  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:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
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 Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Arts administrators  Search this
Topic:
Curators -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Pop art  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
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kronjoan
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Lewis Iselin

Interviewee:
Iselin, Lewis, 1913-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation  Search this
Saint-Gaudens Memorial (Organization)  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation  Search this
Geldzahler, Henry  Search this
Moe, Henry Allen, 1894-1975  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Pearson, Ronald H. (Ronald Hayes), 1924-1996  Search this
Smith, Paul J., 1931-  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Sound recording: 1 sound file, digital, wav file)
23 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1981 September 30
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Lewis Iselin, conducted 1981 September 30 by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Camden, Maine.
Iselin speaks of his role as a trustee of the Guggenheim and Tiffany Foundations, the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; his own work of modeling in wax; and his "sculpture to wear." Iselin also recalls Henry Geldzahler, Robert Motherwell, Henry Allen Moe, Ron Pearson, Paul Smith and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Lewis Iselin (1913-1990) was a sculptor from Camden, Maine.
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 others.
Topic:
Museums -- United States -- Trustees -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Wax-modeling -- United States  Search this
Wearable art -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.iselin81
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-iselin81

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