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Rachel Rosenthal (1926–2015)

Rachel Rosenthal, an artist active in the Southern California arts scene in the 1960s through ‘80s, has passed away. Rosenthal was known for performance art pieces that combined everything from theatre and dance to music and visual elements. After living in New York and befriending the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage, she moved out to Los Angeles, where she worked as artistic director and performer for Instant Theater.

In the 1980s, she opened Espace DbD, a performing arts venue that featured everyone from Eleanor Antin to Allan Kaprow. She later founded the Rachel Rosenthal Company—an educational arts nonprofit.

Rosenthal’s pieces were presented in Documenta 8, ICA London, the Whitney Museum in New York, the Pompidou Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and she garnered grants and awards from the Rockefeller, Getty, NEA, and CAA.