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WOMEN in the CITY | Louise Lawler

Louise Lawler was born in Bronxville, New York, in 1947.

Birdcalls, a sound piece from 1972/1981, mocked the inequity between male and female representation in the art market of the time. By recreating the phonetic pronunciation of the names of male artists as sounds that mimicked the cry of birds, Lawler transformed surnames synonymous with success into mating calls.

"Women in the City" restages Birdcalls at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino. The installation, normally shown in galleries or museums, is recontextualized within a natural environment where it is concealed by the institution that frames it. By deliberately displacing the installation within a simulated natural setting controlled by culture (such as a botanical garden), the work throws into question the power an artist retains when set outside of the museum.

Birdcalls (1972-81/2008) Sound installation at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino. Starting February 9, 2008 (check huntington.org for opening hours)
Louise Lawler was born in Bronxville, New York, in 1947.

Birdcalls, a sound piece from 1972/1981, mocked the inequity between male and female representation in the art market of the time. By recreating the phonetic pronunciation of the names of...
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