Dorothy Lichtenstein is president of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, New York, which is dedicated to the encouragement of a broad understanding of the art of her late husband Roy Lichtenstein and the artists of his time. After studying art history at Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College), Glenside, Pennsylvania, she became director of the pioneering Paul Bianchini Gallery, New York, where she organized Pop art exhibitions and associated projects. Lichtenstein also worked in New York with William Copley, editing and publishing portfolios of artists’ works for the Letter Edged in Black Press.
Remaining committed to art and culture and serving on the boards of numerous New York institutions, including Studio in a School, Studio Institute, Trisha Brown Dance Company, and Stony Brook Foundation, Lichtenstein is also a member of the International Advisory Board of LongHouse Reserve, New York, a member of the Director’s Advisory Council of MASS MoCA, and a Lifetime Trustee of the Parrish Art Museum, New York. Lichtenstein is equally committed to scientific research and serves on the Leadership Council of the New York Stem Cell Foundation. In 2001 the French Ministry of Culture and Communication awarded her an Officier del’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Lichtenstein has served on the board of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation since 2011.
Excerpt from Interview with Dorothy Lichtenstein by Jeanmarie Theobalds, 2014
Lichtenstein: And Bob took so many photographs and then he used those photographs in his work. And not just his photographs, sometimes images from newspapers and various things. And he combined so many objects and images that you wouldn’t think could relate to each other but, in the end, they did.