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Josine Ianco-Starrels papers, 1930-2017

Ianco-Starrels, Josine, 1926-2019

Curator, Museum director


Collection Information

Size: 11 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of curator and gallery director, Josine Ianco- Starrels, measure 11.0 linear feet and date from 1930-2017. Included are biographical material; files relating to Ianco-Starrels' work at various museum and galleries; correspondence; writings about exhibitions and autobiographical writings; photographs, negatives and slides of Ianco- Starrels, others and works of art; audio visual material including video and sound recordings of conversations, events and a documentary on Marcel Janco; and scattered artwork by others including a poster made by George Herms and drawings by Raymond Saunders. Also included are the papers of Ianco-Starrels' husband, Herbert Kline, who was a filmmaker. Included in his papers are some of the items from his making of the film, Posing as an American Nazi, which was filmed in Spain.

Biographical/Historical Note

Josine Ianco-Starrels (1926-2019) was a curator and gallery administrator in Los Angeles, California. Born 1926 in Bucharest, Romania. Josine Ianco-Starrels was curator of the Lytton Center of the Visual Arts (1961-1969), Associate Professor, Art Gallery Division at California State University, Los Angeles (1969-1975), Director of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (1975-1984), and Senior Curator at the Long Beach Art Museum (1987-1990). Ianco-Starrels died at the age of 92 at her home in Rogue City, Oregon.


Donated 2000 by Josine Ianco-Starrels and in 2019 by Elissa Kline, Ianco-Starrels' daughter.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Josine Ianco-Starrels papers, 1930-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.