Doin' It on Tape: Video from the Woman's Building
Sunday November 13, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum and Otis College of Art and Design present
Doin' It on Tape: Video from the Woman's Building
Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, Screening 7
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd (at Las Palmas), Los Angeles CA 90028
Jerri Allyn and Alex Juhasz host this screening, and introduce video excerpts from 1971 through 1986, from the Woman's Building and LA Women's Video Center Archives (LAWVC). Video art, documentary features, and raw footage touch on the 1893 Woman's Building at the Chicago World's Fair, women artists in Southern California circa 1968-1973, feminist education, lesbian art, the goddess in the city of angels, violence against women and women fighting back, art collectives and art activism - with some thoughts on media archives. We'll look at some of the amazing media work created at the Woman's Building and the LAWVC, usually on video, much of it not seen in twenty years or more, by many of the leading artists of the era. Featured artists include: The L.A. Women's Video Center collective, Cheri Gaulke, Starr Goode, Suzanne Lacy, Leslie Labowitz-Starus, Susan Mogul, Sheila Ruth, Jane Thurmond, and more . . .
The Woman's Building was a public center for women's culture in Los Angeles from 1973-1991, and housed the Feminist Studio Workshop, a two year program for women in the arts accredited by 4 colleges and universities; the Summer Art Program, a two month intensive; a Continuing Education Program (courses in video, creative writing, performance art, graphic arts, fine arts, art history, women's studies, self-defense, professional art practices, and more were offered quarterly); the Women's Graphic Center; the L.A. Women's Video Center; several Galleries; a performance space adjacent a café and thrift store; Chrysalis: A Magazine of Women's Culture; Sisterhood bookstore; and a feminist travel agency.
The LAWVC was cofounded at the Woman's Building: A Public Center for Women's Culture by Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, and Annette Hunt in 1976 and joined by Jerri Allyn in 1977.
This screening is organized in conjunction with the exhibition "Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building" on view at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design October 1, 2011-January 28, 2012. The video in this program is provided with the permission of the artists; the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute; and the Woman's Building Archive, Otis College of Art and Design.
See http://www.otis.edu/public_programs/ben_maltz_gallery/womansbuilding.html and http://www.womansbuilding.org for more on the Woman's Building and the exhibition.
In person: Jerri Allyn, Alexandra Juhasz, Susan Mogul, Cheri Gaulke, Sue Maberry, Kathleen Forrest, Suzanne Lacy, Leslie Labowitz-Starus (schedules permitting)
Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building
The feminist art movement of the 1970s set off an explosion of art-making and analysis that continues to reverberate in the art world today, and the Woman's Building was the epicenter in Los Angeles. In 1973, artist Judy Chicago, graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven founded the Woman's Building as a public center dedicated to women's culture, and for two decades it helped shape the regional and international cultural landscapes. Through extensive public performances, site-specific work, networking with political activists, and collaborations, the feminist art movement at the Woman's Building raised consciousness, invited dialogue, and transformed culture. It handed women their rightful claim to the role of "artist." It inspired and allowed members to create a community of women who saw art as a powerful tool for social change, and shared this vision with the public.
Doin' It in Public is an exhibition, publication, website and series of public programs that documents, contextualizes and pays tribute to the groundbreaking work of feminist artists and art collectives that were centered at the Women's Building in the 1970s and 1980s. This project is made possible by a generous grant from the Getty Foundation with additional funding provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Henry Luce Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles, and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation.
Screening Excerpts from the following (Program subject to change)
All works to screen digitally or from video
L.A. Women's Video Center, Childcare Public Service Announcement, 1977, video recording produced by Jerri Allyn, Nancy Anglo, Candace Compton, Annette Hunt, 1:00 minute,
L.A. Women's Video Center, Mother and Lesbian Daughter Public Service Announcement, 1977, video recording produced by Jerri Allyn, Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, Annette Hunt, 1:00 minute
L.A. Women's Video Center, Homosexuality Public Service Announcement, 1977, produced by Jerri Allyn, Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, Annette Hunt, 00:30 seconds,
L.A. Women's Video Center, Lesbian Occupations Public Service Announcement, 1977, produced by Jerri Allyn, Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, Annette Hunt, 1:00 minute
Candace Compton, My friends imitating their favorite animals, 1979, video recording, 15:00 minutes
Susan Mogul, FSW (Feminist Studio Workshop) Video-letter, 1975, video recording, 33:00
Shirl Buss, lalala workshop (Los Angeles League for the Advancement of Lesbians in the Arts or Lesbian Artists Living And Loving Amazons), 1976, video recording, 9:23 minutes
L.A. Women's Video Center, 1893 Historical Handicrafts Exhibition, The Woman's Building at the Chicago World's Fair, 1976, video recording, 26:00 minutes
Sheila Ruth and Jan Zimmerman, Signed by a Woman, 1976, video recording, 60:00 minutes
Sheila Ruth, Opening night at the Woman's Building (Spring Street), December 13, 1975, video recording, 30:00, © Woman's Building Board of Directors
Sheila Ruth, Judy Chicago in 1976, 1976, video recording, 23:00
Sheila Ruth, Constructive Feminism: Reconstruction of the Woman's Building, 1976, video recording, 32:00 minutes, produced by Sheila Ruth with Annette Hunt and Diana Johnson
Scenes never to be seen beyond this scene: the hidden eye takes a long look at the FSW 1975-1976, 1976, 31:00
Claudia Queen and Cyd Slayton, Kate Millet, 1977, video recording, 11:00
L.A. Women's Video Center, First Day FSW, 1980, video recording, 62:00
Kathleen Forrest, Cheri Gaulke, and Sue Maberry, Our Lady of L.A., 1982, video recording, 30:00 minutes
Cheri Gaulke, Eclipse in the Western Palace, 1976, video recording, 20:00 minutes
Jane Thurmond (Jane Krauss), I Love L.A., c.1973-1991, video recording, 5:27 minutes
Nancy Angelo and Candace Compton, Nun and Deviant, 1976, video recording, 20:00 minutes
The Waitresses (Jerri Allyn, Leslie Belt, Chutney Gunderson, Denise Yarfitz), So You Want to be a Waitress?, 1978, video recording, 25:00 minutes
Suzanne Lacy, Learn where meat comes from, 1976, video recording, 15:37 minutes
Leslie Labowitz and Suzanne Lacy, Record Companies Drag their Feet, 1977, video recording produced by LA Woman's Video Center with Jerri Allyn, Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton and Annette Hunt, 18:00 minutes
Leslie Labowitz and Suzanne Lacy, In Mourning and In Rage, 1977, video recording produced by LA Woman's Video Center with Jerri Allyn, Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton and Annette Hunt, 30:00 minutes
Doin' It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980, an unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, that brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A.
art scene. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. Additional funding for Doin it in Public has been provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Henry Luce Foundation, and Barbara Lee Family Foundation.
Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 will feature over 24 shows between now and May 2012. Alternative Projections is Filmforum's exploration of the community of filmmakers, artists, curators and programmers who contributed to the creation and presentation of experimental film and video in Southern California in the postwar era. Film series curated by Adam Hyman and Mark Toscano, with additional contributions by Jerri Allyn, David James, Christine Panushka, Terry Cannon, Ben Caldwell, Stephanie Sapienza, Amy Halpern, and more.
Primary funding for Alternative Projections was provided by the Getty Foundation, with additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque.
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