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Arlene Raven
(July 12, 1944 - August 1, 2006) U.S.A.

Arlene Raven

Author, writer, editor, critic, lecturer, art curator


Arlene Raven, born Arlene Rubin in Baltimore, Maryland, was an art historian, feminist and award winner. She was a founder of the Women's Caucus for Art, (1972) the Los Angeles Woman's Building (in 1971, with other women) and Chrysalis magazine.

Arlene Raven's parents were Joseph and Annette Rubin, middle-class Jewish-American parents. Her father was a bar owner, mother was a homemaker She studied at several colleges and universities including, Hood College, George Washington University and The Johns Hopkins University.

She earned an MFA in painting and a MA and PhD in art history. She also received an Artium Baccalaureatus from Hood College in Maryland.

Raven held teaching positions as Graduate Critic in Residence at the California Institute of the Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, Parsons The New School for Design, UCLA, University of Southern California and The New School for Social Research. She was also a lecturer and was the architect of educational programs at the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman's Building.

Raven was, in the 1980s, the chief art critic for the Village Voice. She curated ten exhibitions, including ones for the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Long Beach Museum of Art. Raven was a major figure in the Feminist Art Movement. She championed the works of male and female artists including the works of Nancy Grossman, and Judy Chicago.

Raven died of kidney cancer at her home in Brooklyn, New York, aged 62. She was survived by her long-time partner, artist Nancy Grossman, and a sister, Phyllis.


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