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The Feminist Art Movement in Pictures: The Posters and Wall Collages of Mary Beth Edelson


December 7, 2010

Kathleen Wentrack, writer in residence at The New York Public Library's Wertheim Study and Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York will present an illustrated lecture on Mary Beth Edelson.

As a leading figure of the feminist art movement in the United States, Mary Beth Edelson is well known for such posters as 'Some Living American Women Artists/Last Supper' (1971–72) which was recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. However, it is her rarely exhibited wall collages that constitute a unique contribution to the history of art. Many of these wall collages present unusual portrait photographs of women artists, composed in vine or web-like shapes, revealing the unique relationships, influences, and collaborative efforts among the artists. Other collages present thematic concerns and experiences from the artist’s life, or celebrate feminist artists who were active in the cause. This talk will analyze this unique body of work and place it within the context of feminist art initiatives in the 1970s.