Skip to Content

Rachel Rosenthal

Showing 1 of 1


Print this page

Rachel Rosenthal does not have an image.


Rachel Rosenthal
Modern/Contemporary Performance
American, b. 1926
Rachel Rosenthal was born in 1926 in Paris, France, into an assimilated Russian Jewish family.  In June of 1940 the Rosenthal family fled Paris from the Nazis, first to Portugal and then to Ri de Janiero.  In April of 1941 the family sailed from Brazil to the United States, where they settled in New York.  Rachel because a citizen of the United States in 1945, concurrent with her graduation from the High School of Music and Art in New York.  After high school she attended the New School for Social Research (1945-1947), and began commuting between New York and Paris (which continued until 1954).  From 1947 to 1948 she studied at the Jean-Louis Barrault School and at the Sorbonne in Paris.  She worked mainly on theatre sets in New York from 1948 to 1949, but also danced with Merce Cunningham's junior company, and was an intermittent member of the circle of John Cage and Merce Cunningham.  For three years she participated in "Instant Theatre" - an improvised theatrical art form - with the Horseshoe Theatre in Hollywood.
Rosenthal had her last exhibition of engravings in a group show at the Salon de Mai in Paris in 1953, before moving permanently to Los Angeles in 1955.  In Los Angeles, Rosenthal returned to theatre, married, and bought a house.  In 1967 to 1968 she studied with ceramist John Mason and Jose Soldate and made a series of clay sculptural pieces.  Since the 1970s she has not worked in the ceramic medium though her work was included in "Ceramics International 1973" in Calgary, Alberta. She began her involvement with the southern California feminist art movement in the early 1970's, and became a founding board member and co-chariperson of Womanspace in Los Angeles in 1973.  From 1980 on she has been concentrating herself mainly on performance art, and from around 1987 on has received numerous awards and recognition.
Moira Roth, "Rachel Rosenthal," Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.


Artist Objects

Your current search criteria is: Artist is "Rachel Rosenthal".