Alice Denney

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Alice Denney
Born1922 (age 100–101)
Occupation(s)curator, arts administrator

Alice Denney (born 1922)[1] is an American curator and arts administrator. Denney has been considered to be an important figure of the Washington, D.C. avant-garde arts and had been the mentor to a number of Washington D.C.'s artists.[1][2]


Alice Denney was the first director of the Jefferson Place Gallery.[3] She was intimately involved in the founding of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art (in 1961),[4][5] and was the founder of the Washington Project for the Arts (in 1975).[6] Denny served as the assistant director of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art.[1]

She helped with the exhibition, The Popular Image (1963),[4][7] at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art which included Robert Rauschenberg's "Concerto #5", with the Judson Dance Theater.[8][9] In 1978, she brought the exhibit Punk Art, to the Washington Project of the Arts.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c Rosenberg, Susan (2016-11-01). Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art. Wesleyan University Press. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-8195-7663-7.
  2. ^ Richard, Paul (1986-06-01). "Shaking Up the Arts Scene". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  3. ^ "Archives Directory for the History of Collecting, Jefferson Place Gallery". The Frick Collection. Archived from the original on 2019-09-05. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  4. ^ a b John Anderson (2012-03-12). "What Happened in Washington". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  5. ^ Mccray, W. Patrick (2020-10-20). Making Art Work: How Cold War Engineers and Artists Forged a New Creative Culture. MIT Press. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-262-35950-4.
  6. ^ Carrigan, Margaret (2015-12-17). "A Washington, DC, Nonprofit Reflects on 40 Years of Championing Local Artists". Hyperallergic. Archived from the original on 2015-12-24. Retrieved 2021-08-31. started in 1975 by art curator and activist Alice Denney
  7. ^ "The Warholstars Timeline". Archived from the original on 2001-11-22. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  8. ^ Sally Banes (1993). Democracy's body: Judson Dance Theater, 1962-1964. Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-1399-1.
  9. ^ Hopps, Walter; Rauschenberg, Robert; Davidson, Susan; Brown, Trisha (1997). Robert Rauschenberg, a Retrospective. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Guggenheim Museum. p. 243. ISBN 978-0-8109-6903-2.
  10. ^ "Punk Art Exhibition, III. Punk Years, 1976–79". Archived from the original on 2009-05-10. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  11. ^ Mattson, Kevin (2020). We're Not Here to Entertain: Punk Rock, Ronald Reagan, and the Real Culture War of 1980s America. Oxford University Press. p. 138. ISBN 978-0-19-090823-2.

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