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Published on Dec 12, 2011
Part of the unprecedented collaboration initiated by the Getty, "Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980;" Otis College of Art and Design mounted the Exhibition "Doin' It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building."
Curators Meg Linton and Sue Maberry lead us on a tour through the Gallery. Along with historical ephemera and documentation, the show surveys the work of groundbreaking feminist artists/designers and artist collectives who gathered together at the Los Angeles Woman's Building from 1973 through 1991.
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 (WB) in Los Angeles was one of its epicenters. In 1973, artist Judy Chicago, graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven founded the WB, and for over 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 WB raised consciousness, invited dialogue, and transformed culture. The WB 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. A listing of the artists featured in Doin' It in Public, including Miriam Schapiro, Faith Wilding, Betye Saar, and Suzanne Lacy, can be found at www.otis.edu/benmaltzgallery.