Mary Beth Edelson. Some Living American Women Artists. 1972

Mary Beth Edelson Some Living American Women Artists 1972

  • MoMA, Floor 4, 415 The David Geffen Galleries

In this poster mockup referencing Leonardo da Vinci’s painting The Last Supper, Edelson collaged over the faces of Jesus and his disciples with those of her friends and idols, including artists Alma Thomas, Yoko Ono, Faith Ringgold, Agnes Martin, and Alice Neel. According to Edelson, she had “the double pleasure of presenting the names and faces of many women artists, who were seldom seen in 1972 . . . while spoofing the male exclusivity of the patriarchy.” Aside from Georgia O’Keeffe in the role of Jesus, all the other women are randomly placed, and in a gesture of solidarity, Edelson opted not to have any of her peers in the traitorous role of Judas.

Gallery label from "Collection: 1940s—1970s", 2019
Medium
Cut-and-pasted gelatin silver prints with crayon and transfer type on printed paper with typewriting on cut-and-taped paper
Dimensions
28 1/4 x 43" (71.8 x 109.2 cm)
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by Agnes Gund, and gift of John Berggruen (by exchange)
Object number
4.2010
Copyright
© 2019 Mary Beth Edelson
Department
Drawings and Prints

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