Plaut, James S. (James Sachs)
Arts administrator, Museum director
Active in Boston, Mass.; Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Size: Transcript: 42 p.
Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 4 min.
Collection Summary: An interview of James S. Plaut conducted 1971 June 29, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Plaut speaks of founding the Boston Chapter of the Museum of Modern Art, its policies and aims; Boston art scene in the 1930s, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and other positions he has held.
Biographical/Historical Note: James S. Plaut (1912-1996) was an art administrator and writer from Chestnut Hill, Mass.
These interviews are 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.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.