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Oral history interview with Mary Beth Edelson, 2009 February 1-16

Edelson, Mary Beth, 1933-

Painter, Performance artist, Printmaker, Sculptor, Collagist


Collection Information

Size: 4 Items, wav files (4 hr., 39 min.), digital

Format: Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 40 min.

Summary: An interview of Mary Beth Edelson conducted 2009 February 1 and 16, by Judith Olch Richards, for the Archives of American Art, at Edelson's studio in New York, New York.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Beth Edelson (1933- ) is a feminist artist who lives and works in New York, New York. Judith Olch Richards (1947- ) is former Executive director of iCI in New York, New York. Edelson is considered a pioneer in the Feminist Art movement.


This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.

Language Note

English .


Funding for this interview was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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