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Oral history interview with Jack Perlmutter, 1979 Aug. 20-Sept. 11

Perlmutter, Jack, 1920-2006



Collection Information

Size: 51 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 26 min.

Summary: An interview of Jack Perlmutter conducted 1979 Aug. 20-Sept. 11, by Julia Link Haifley, for the Archives of American Art.
Perlmutter speaks of his impressions of the art scene in Washington, D.C. during the 1950s and 1960s; the influence of urban life on his work; alternative ways of selling artworks; and his teaching activities at the Corcoran School of Art and elsewhere.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jack Perlmutter (1920-2006) was a painter and printmaker from Washington, D.C.


These interviews are part of the Archives' 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.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Jack Perlmutter, 1979 Aug. 20-Sept. 11. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.