Oral Histories

Interview of Rosamund Felsen

Founder of the Rosamund Felsen Gallery.
Exhibiting Los Angeles Artists
Interviews not in a series, part one
Biographical Note:
Founder of the Rosamund Felsen Gallery.
Barnett, Teresa
Felsen, Rosamund
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Early interest in art and theater; opts for marriage over pursuing a college education; marries Sidney B. Felsen after dissolution of first marriage; early encounters with Los Angeles art galleries and artists; Wallace Berman; the beginnings of Gemini GEL; key players and their roles at Gemini GEL; artists who worked with Gemini; Felsen is asked to leave Gemini; accepts position as curator of prints at the Pasadena Art Museum; Felsen's innate sense of how to arrange an exhibition; return to Gemini and dissolution of second marriage; the early years of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; reasons for the Pasadena Art Museum's demise; the museum's importance in the development of contemporary art in Los Angeles; agrees to assist Timothea Stewart in opening the Timothea Stewart Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard; opens the Rosamund Felsen Gallery; early exhibitions at the gallery; the emergence of the conceptual art of the seventies; Felsen's exhibition philosophy; the collapse of the art market in the early nineties; Felsen moves her gallery to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica; the high quality of current Los Angeles art; Felsen's decision to build her gallery around younger, local artists; Los Angeles art collectors; financial considerations that influence the making and exhibiting of art; press coverage of art in Los Angeles; Los Angeles's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA); the impact of contemporary art venues in Los Angeles; Felsen's gallery since its move to Bergamot Station.