Washington Gallery of Modern Art records, 1961-1989

Washington Gallery of Modern Art (Washington, D.C.), est. 1961 - 1968
Museum
Washington, D.C.

Collection size: 18.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: The records of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art including administrative and business records, financial records, event and exhibition files, correspondence, printed material, press releases, interviews of artists, and other material kept by trustees, presidents, directors and curators of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art (WGMA).

Interviews are of artists who participated in the Popular Image exhibition, 1963, and include George Brecht, James Dine, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenburg, James Albert Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Robert M. Watts, John Wesley and Tom Wesselman, conducted by Billy Kluver (originally recorded on one sound reel and phonograph record).

Biographical/Historical Note: The Washington Gallery of Modern Art (established 1961; closed 1968) was a gallery in Washington, D.C. The Washington Gallery of Modern Art was a non-profit institution organized for the purpose of presenting significant exhibitions of contemporary American painting and sculpture. In conjunction with exhibitions, WGMA also sponsored lectures, concerts, films, tours, and an art rental service designed to encourage the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. It was located at 1503 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C. In 1968, the WGMA sold its permanent collection to the Oklahoma Art Center and its programs were incorporated into the Corcoran Gallery of Art. At that time, the WGMA turned over all assets to the Corcoran.

Donated 1965 by the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, in 1996 and 2002 by the Washington Gallery of Modern Art via Dr. Julian Eisenstein, one of the founders of the Gallery and President of Board of Trustees (1961-1966), in 2004 via Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan, director of public affairs (1965-1967), and in 2015 by the Corcoran Gallery of Art via David S. Julyan representative for the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

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