|Maria Reidelbach has had a long and wide-ranging involvement in popular culture and the fine and applied arts. She is the author of the best-selling Completely MAD: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine (Little, Brown, 1991, QPBC, 1991 and MJF Books, 1997). She is also an international authority on joys and foibles of miniature golf, having co-authored Miniature Golf, a history of the subject and the only book ever bound in artificial turf (Abbeville Press, 1987).
At the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Maria organized an exhibition of the work of Alfred Jensen, an eccentric visionary painter. She has organized a number of other favorably reviewed art exhibitions, including gallery shows of editorial cartoons, Victorian underwear, art revealing the subjectivity of science, and furniture designed by architects.
Most recently, Maria was the project director and creative consultant for the Totally Kid Carousel, an award-winning public artwork and working amusement ride by sculptor Milo Mottola that features a menagerie of full-scale carousel figures designed in collaboration with neighborhood children. She kept kids, patrons, and carousel aficionados apprised of the progress of the years-long project via web site (www.hoopla.org). Her current long-term project is the development of a roadside attraction featuring The World's Largest Corn Cow, a thirty-foot-tall bovine made of corn.