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Janet Kutner papers

Identifier: AAA 9177

Correspondence and clippings.

REELS 2765-2766: Correspondence and clippings, 1955-1976, pertaining to the 1950's controversy about "communist art" at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; and clippings, 1970-1976, of articles written by Kutner as a critic for the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.

REEL 2816: Newspaper clippings, 1979-1980, from the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.


  • 1955-1980


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Microfilm reels 2765-2766 & 2816 available for use through interlibrary loan.

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1.2 linear feet

3 Microfilm Reels

1,697 Images

Biographical / Historical

Janet Kutner (1937- ) is a Dallas based painter and art critic who was born in 1937 in Dallas, TX . Janet studied at Stanford University and at the Southern Methodist University.

From 1959 to 1961, she was an Assistant Director at the Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art.

Member of several associations such as: The American Association Museums, Dallas Museum of Art, International Council Museums and Art Table.

Kutner is an acclaimed art critic who worked for the Dallas Morning News for over forty years and a correspondent of ART news magazine. She received the Dallas Press Club Critics Award in 1997.

Sources: Prabook, Janet Kutner,, accessed May 21st, 2020.

History of Contemporary Art in Dallas Oral History Collection, Janet Kutner,, accessed May 21st, 2020.

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Acquisition Information

Lent for microfilming 1981 by Janet Kutner. Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project. Originals returned to Janet Kutner after microfilming.

Note: The Janet Kutner Papers were microfilmed for the Texas Art Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as part of the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art. Currently the papers can be accessed on microfilm at MFAH. The University of Houston Libraries and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston are digitizing the Kutner papers as part of a collaborative TexTreasures 2020 grant project through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) with funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).When digitization is complete, the Kutner papers will be made available online through UH Libraries and MFAH websites.

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Repository Details

Part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas Art Project Microfilm Repository