Kron, Joan.

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Curator; Philadelphia, Pa.

Kron was an early member of the Arts Council, a volunteer organization within the Young Men's/Women's Hebrew Association. The Council was committed to bringing new and avant-garde programs in dance, theater, poetry, crafts, and the visual arts. With Audrey Sabol, Kron started The Beautiful Bag Co. through which they realized such projects as Roy Lichtenstein's dinnerware. Another less successful project involved putting art on billboards, resulting in one Lichtenstein billboard.

From the description of Joan Kron papers, 1959-1971. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86118598

Joan Kron (ca. 1928- ) is a curator from Philadelphia, Pa.

Kron was an early member of the Arts Council, a volunteer organization within the Young Men's/Women's Hebrew Association. The Council was committed to bringing new and avant-garde programs in dance, theater, poetry, crafts, and the visual arts. With Audrey Sabol, Kron started The Beautiful Bag Co. through which they realized such projects as Roy Lichtenstein's dinnerware. Another less successful project involved putting art on billboards, resulting in one Lichtenstein billboard.

From the description of Joan Kron papers, 1959-1971. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 669910368

Joan Kron (circa 1928-) is a fashion and style journalist in New York City, but began her career in Philadelphia as an advocate of avante-garde artists and co-founder of The Beautiful Bag Co. which worked with artists to produce commercial household and fashion art products. Kron worked on projects with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Indiana, among others.

Joan Kron was born circa 1928 in New York. She studied at the Yale University School of Drama from 1946-1948, graduating with a degree in costume design. She married surgeon Dr. Samuel Kron and lived in Philadelphia during the 1960s. For almost a decade, Kron volunteered as chairman of the Arts Council of the Young Men's/Young Women's Hebrew Association of Philadelphia (YM/YWHA.) The YM/YMA Arts Council focused on promoting and hosting new and avant-garde programs in dance, theatre, poetry, crafts, and the visual arts. Under Kron's leadership, the YM/YWHA Arts Council curated Arts1963/A New Vocabulary (1962) and Museum of Merchandise (1967.)

Kron's work with the Arts Council allowed her to build business partnerships with several artists. She partnered with Andy Warhol to produce a line of perfume, "You're In," packaged in silver Coca-Cola bottles, with Robert Indiana for a Love Ring, and other products and projects associated with the exhibitions of the Arts Council. Then, around 1964, she partnered with colleague Audrey Sabol to form The Beautiful Bag and Box Co. and continued to explore commercial products created or designed by artists, including a line of dinnerware "Durable Dishes" designed by Roy Lichtenstein, a series of billboards displaying art work and the Eat Pin, most likely designed by Robert Indiana.

Kron began her career in journalism in the late 1960s by contributing an article about a cannabis harvest in an upscale neighborhood to the Philadelphia magazine in 1969. She continued to write for the magazine until after her divorce. She moved to New York City in 1971 and was hired by New York magazine. She researched and wrote a special issue about the blossoming SoHo art district. Kron then focused the remainder of her career primarily on writing, and worked for a number of magazines and newspapers, and published several books. As of 2010, she was living in New York City and working as contributing editor at large for Condé Nast's Allure magazine, primarily covering the subject of cosmetic surgery.

From the guide to the Joan Kron papers, 1959-1971, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

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creatorOf Kron, Joan. Joan Kron papers, 1959-1971. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Joan Kron papers, 1959-1971 Archives of American Art
referencedIn New York Times Company records. A.M. Rosenthal papers, 1955-1994, 1967-1986 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Kron, Joan. Joan Kron papers, 1959-1971. Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Beautiful Bag Co. (Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Beautiful Bag Co. (Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Beautiful Bag Co. (Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Christo, 1935- person
associatedWith Dine, Jim, 1935- person
associatedWith Hendricks, Geoffrey person
associatedWith Hendricks, Geoffrey. person
associatedWith Indiana, Robert, 1928- person
associatedWith Johnson, Ray, 1927- person
associatedWith Kaprow, Allan. person
associatedWith Klüver, Billy, 1927-2004. person
associatedWith Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923 person
associatedWith Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997. person
associatedWith Maitin, Sam person
associatedWith Maitin, Sam. person
associatedWith Oldenburg, Claes, 1929- person
associatedWith Paik, Nam June, 1932- person
associatedWith Rosenberg, Karl person
associatedWith Rosenberg, Karl. person
associatedWith Rosenthal, A. M. (Abraham Michael), 1922-2006 person
associatedWith Sabol, Audrey, 1922- person
associatedWith Saint-Phalle, Niki de, 1930- person
associatedWith Segal, George, 1924- person
associatedWith Tinguely, Jean, 1925- person
associatedWith Turner, Evan H. person
associatedWith Venturi, Robert person
associatedWith Venturi, Robert. person
associatedWith Watts, Robert M., 1923-1988 person
associatedWith Watts, Robert M., 1923-1988. person
associatedWith YM/YWHA Arts Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association of Philadelphia. Arts Council corporateBody
associatedWith Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association of Philadelphia. Arts Council. corporateBody
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United States
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
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Curators
Design, Industrial, United States
Wearable art
Pop art United States
Design, Industrial
Curators Pennsylvania Philadelphia
Wearable art United States
Pop art
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Active 1971

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