Oral history interview with Tom Jancar

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.jancar17
Creators:
Jancar, Tom, 1950
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter
Dates:
2017 June 23
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
5 Items
sound files (2 hr., 30 min.) Audio
digital, wav
58 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview with Tom Jancar conducted June 23 2017, by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, for the Archives of American Art, at Pomona College, Art Department, Claremont, California.
Scope and Contents
Mr. Jancar discusses his family's origins in the Pasadena, California area; his mother's interest in painting and his early exposure to art in their home; the impact of music on his early art understanding; his first classes in art history at Orange Coast College and subsequent art degrees from UC Irvine; his interest in collecting Pictorialist photography in the Los Angeles area; his first exposures to Conceptual art at UC Irvine; his time as a teaching assistant for Bas Jan Ader at UCI; the impact of visits as a student to galleries in the L.A. area, especially the Claire Copley Gallery. Mr. Jancar also describes his work as an art preparator at the Bowers Museum; his time performing construction work with Tom Jimmerson for galleries in the L.A. area; his friendship with Richard Kuhlenschmidt and the opening of the Jancar/Kuhlenschmidt Gallery in the Los Altos Apartments building in 1980; Mr. Jancar's decision to leave the gallery business in 1982 and to devote his time to working in corporate architecture; his return to the gallery world in 2006 and the opening of the Thomas Jancar Gallery; his focus on women artists and emphasis on showing the work of emerging artists alongside more established artists; his decision to leave the gallery world once again in 2015, and the closing of his gallery. Mr. Jancar also recalls Hal Glicksman, Tom Jimmerson, Craig Kauffman, Tom Garver, Phil Tippett, Tony DeLap, Ilene Segalove, Hiromu Kira, Guy de Cointet, as well as Kim Hubbard, David Amico, Phil Leider, Larry Gagosian, Louise Lawler, Jean Milant, Micol Hebron, Richard Prince, Annie Sprinkle, and David Askevold, among others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Tom Jancar (1950- ) a contemporary art dealer who owns Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is a writer in Los Angeles, California.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.

Using the Collection
System Details
Recorded on Roland R-05 AZ4430.

Related Materials
The Archives of American Art also holds the Jancar Gallery records.

Keywords
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Ader, Bas Jan, 1942-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Amico, David, 1951- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Askevold, David Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cointet, Guy de, 1934-1983 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
DeLap, Tony, 1927-2019 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gagosian, Larry Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Garver, Thomas H. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glicksman, Hal Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hebron, Micol Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hubbard, Kim Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jimmerson, Tom Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kauffman, Craig, 1932-2010 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kira, Hiromu, 1898-1991 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kuhlenschmidt, Richard Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lawler, Louise Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Leider, Philip, 1929- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Milant, Jean, 1943- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Prince, Richard, 1949- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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