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Oral history interview with Josine Ianco-Starrels, 1989 June 15

Ianco-Starrels, Josine, 1926-

Curator, Museum director


Collection Information

Size: Sound recordings: 2 sound cassettes (ca. 3 hrs.)

Transcript: 93 p.

Summary: An interview of Josine Ianco-Starrels conducted 1989 June 15, by Ruth Gurin Bowman for the Archives of American Art, Women in the Arts in Southern California Oral History Project. Ianco-Starrels recounts her youth in Bucharest, Romania; WWII and her family's fleeing to Palestine; her father Marcel Ianco's affiliation with the Dadaists in Zurich; her first marriage that brought her to New York in 1950; studying at the Art Students League; her second marriage to Herbert Kline, a documentary filmmaker; her involvement with the Lytton Center of the Visual Arts and the beginning of her curatorial career; working at California State University, Los Angeles as gallery director; her teaching career; her interest in Los Angeles artists including Jack Zajack, Lorser Feitelson, Helen Lundeberg, Felix Landau, Joyce Treiman, Betty Saar, Joan Brown, and others; curating and programs at the Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park and later at the Long Beach Museum; her views on community and access to local galleries; and her relationship with artists and the art community.

Biographical/Historical Note

Josine Ianco-Starrels (1926- ) is a curator and museum director of Los Angeles, Calif. Josine Ianco-Starrels was born in 1926 in Bucharest, Romania. Director of Lytton Center of the Visual Arts, 1960s, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 1975-1987; senior curator at the Long Beach Museum of Art, 1987 and director, 1988- .


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. Funding for this interview was provided by the Margery and Harry Kahn Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund of New York.


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 Josine Ianco-Starrels, 1989 June 15. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.