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Maker(s):Edelson, Mary Beth
Culture:American (1933-)
Title:Some Living American Women Artists
Date Made:1972 (3rd edition, 12/12)
Materials:photo lithograph printed in black on thin, smooth, white paper
Measurements:Sheet: 24 in x 38 in; 61 cm x 96.5 cm; Image: 16 7/16 in x 34 11/16 in; 41.8 cm x 88.1 cm
Accession Number:  SC 2016.70.14
Credit Line:The Nina Yankowitz Collection of Women’s Art 1970s Onward
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

Central image is Leonardo DaVinci's "Last Supper" with photographs of female artists placed over Christ and the apostles, border made up of photographs of female artists, their names are printed below the image

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Some Living American Women Artists/ Last Supper is a challenge to powerful narratives in the history of art and religion that have excluded women. The artist, Mary Beth Edelson, takes a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and replaces the heads of Jesus and his disciples with photographs of women artists. “The most negative aspect of organized religion, for me,” says Edelson, “was the positioning of power and authority in the hands of a male hierarchy that intentionally excluded women from access to these positions…[The work] gave me a double pleasure of presenting the names and faces of the many women artists who were seldom seen in the art world of 1972 as ‘the grand subject’—while spoofing male exclusivity in the patriarchy.”[ii] The resulting work showcases women in a male context and connects art with religion. The poster not only commemorates women artists but also highlights the struggles women have confronted in their professions. The act of women taking the place of men in an important historical painting overturns gender constructs. By appropriating the message of the male-dominated Last Supper painting, Edelson effectively asserts the voices of women and their place at the table. [from]

feminism; women; artists

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