Alice Denney

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Alice Denney
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Alice Denney (born 1922 ) is a curator and arts administrator. Denney has been considered to be the grande dame of the Washington, D.C. avant-garde and the mentor to a number of Washington's artists and arts administrators.[citation needed] She was the first director of the Jefferson Place Gallery, intimately involved in the founding of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art and founder of the Washington Project for the Arts.

She helped with the exhibition "The Popular Image",[1] which included Robert Rauschenberg's "Concerto #5", with the Judson Dance Theater.[2]

She brought the exhibit "Punk Art", to the WPA, in 1978.[3]


  • A Tribute to Alice Denney, 50 Years of Life and Work in the Avante-Garde, by Maia Gatcheva, May 9, 2006

A DVD celebrating the life of Alice Denney, a major influence on the avant-garde"

  • Oral history interview with Alice Denney, 1976 May 13 1 sound cassette.

"An interview of Alice Denney conducted by Walter Hopps for the National Museum of American Art. Denney speaks of her organization of two Washington, D.C. art happenings: the "Pop Festival," held in conjunction with an exhibition, "The Popular Image," sponsored by the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, April 18 - May 1, 1966; and the "Now Festival," April 26 - May 1, 1966." [4]


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  2. ^ Sally Banes (1993). Democracy's body: Judson Dance Theater, 1962-1964. Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-1399-1.
  3. ^ *~.*, Haoyan of America. "Punk Art Show - 98 Bowery: 1969-1989". Retrieved 21 May 2018.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ ""Oral history interview with Alice Denney", Smithsonian Archives of American Art, 1976 May 13". Archived from the original on 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2007-11-29.