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MUSIC: Let It Be (2:10)

SUPER: Mary Kelly

SUPER: Feminist. Conceptual Artist.

SUPER: "Among the most influential feminist artists working today" - Mary Kelly book jacket

SUPER: Post-Partum Document, 1973-79

SUPER: Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Mary Kelly received her BA from the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minnesota in 1963, and received her MA in Florence, Italy in 1965.

SUPER: In 1968, at the peak of the student movements in Europe, she moved to London to continue postgraduate studies.

SUPER: Kelly was at St. Martin's School of Art in London from 1968-1970, where she was interested in the work there - people like Gilbert and George, Richard Long, and Art and Language.

SUPER: Gilbert and George, Bomber, 2006

SUPER: Richard Long, South Bank Circle, 1991

SUPER: Art and Language, Index 01, 1972

SUPER: While in London in the early 1970's, she participated in a discussion group with several other women who subsequently became influential feminist theorists, including art historians Griselda Pollock and Rozsika Parker, and filmmaker Laura Mulvey.

SUPER: "My involvement with the women's movement has determined my practice as an artist" -Mary Kelly

SUPER: There, Kelly began her long-term critique of conceptualism, informed by the feminist theory of the early women's movement in which she was actively involved throughout the 1970's.

SUPER: Nightcleaners, Artists Union Women's Workshop poster, 1973

SUPER: She was also member of the Berwick Street Film Collective and a founder and the first chair of the Artists Union

SUPER: Mary Kelly's six major works: Women and Work, Post-Partum Document, Interim, Gloria Patri, Mea Culpa, and Love Songs, although often difficult to understand, continue to be influential to feminist and conceptual artists.

SUPER: "One indication of the importance of Kelly's work is the rigour of the criticism and discussion it has provoked, and the extent to which it is infiltrating the broader feminist dialogue. Few artists can claim this for their work; few have been ambitious enough to try." -Lucy Lippard