October 1, 2011 - February 26, 2012
Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building
Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.
The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick Seierup, Principal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.
Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.
Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.
Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.
October 1, 2011 - February 26, 2012
At 4pm Artist Linda Vallejo will conduct an opening ceremony to honor the legacy of the women at the Woman's Building. The ceremony will pay homage to the elements of earth, water, fire, and air, the four cardinal directions, mother earth, father sky, and the great spirit. An altar will be built with special items donated by members of the audience that recall the relationships, memories and accomplishments of the Woman's Building community. From 5pm to 7pm there will be a performance by The Waitresses called Order Up! A woman dressed as a waitress with a serving tray follows a customer dressed in costume who drops money for her to pick up. As the waitress bends down, her outfit reveals her sexually, as on of the "rules" is "the sexier the waitress, the bigger the tip." Book launch for two volume set: From Site to Vision: the Woman’s Building in Contemporary Culture and Doin’ It in Public Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building, $55 Book signing with Judy Chicago and Jill Fields for the new publication: Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the Collective Visions of Women Artists (2011 Routledge).
Ben Maltz Gallery is open on Sunday for the opening weekend of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980.
Most Thursdays throughout the run of the exhibition, a case in the exhibition is opened to share a closer look at some of the artists' books, graphic materials, and historical artifacts on display. Check Otis Calendar for info on specific materials to be shown.
Still Doin' It: Fanning the Flames of the Woman's Building Part convening, part symposium, part reunion, part performance, this event is a dialogue between feminist arts then and now. Includes reading at Antioch and concert at the Skirball.
Westside Pacific Standard Time Partners Event
Screening of Mother Art Tells Her Story followed by a tour of the exhibition by Mother Art, a collective of 8 women artists from 1973-1986 working on social and political issues, using performance, video, photography, installation and personal narratives. As mothers, they addressed issues that affect women and children. Video interview with original members Deborah Krall, Christy Kruse, Helen Million, Laura Silagi, and Suzanne Siegel.
Otis and the LA Film Forum present:
Doin' It on Tape: Video from the Woman's Building, Jerri Allyn and Alexandra Juhasz present video artworks, public service announcements and documentary footage from the Woman's Building and the L.A. Women’s Video Center. www.lafilmforum.com
The New Short Fiction Series presents Telling Stories: The Woman’s Building Writers Workshop featuring work by Bia Lowe, Deena Metzger and Terry Wolverton, and performed by Jesse Holcomb, Barbara Keegan and Sally Shore.
The evening includes a panel moderated by Cheryl Klein, director of Poets & Writers, Inc West as part of the City of Santa Monica's Beach=Culture series at the Annenberg Community Beach House.
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The Waitresses: Jerri Allyn and Anne Gauldin
Lecture by original members of The Waitresses and Sisters of Survival, collaborative performance groups at the Woman's Building.
Feminist Art Workers: Cheri Gaulke and Laurel Klick
Lecture by original members of Feminist Art Workers, a collaborative performance group at the Woman's Building.
Shares and Stakeholders
The Feminist Art Project:
100th Annual College Art Association Conference
This year’s Feminist Art Project day of panels organized by artists Audrey Chan and Elana Mann gauges the present and future of feminist artistic thought and practice. What are the stakes—and who are the stakeholders—of the feminist future? The day’s conversations will reflect the greater inclusivity of a contemporary feminist art that embraces a multiplicity of identities and philosophies.
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Artist Linda Vallejo will conduct a closing ceremony to thank Otis and those individuals responsible for making the exhibition possible. The ceremony will pay homage to the elements of earth, water, fire, and air, the four cardinal directions, mother earth, father sky, and the great spirit. An altar, built for the opening ceremony of the exhibition, will be dismantled and items given away to visitors as a rememberance of the Woman's Building community and to share renewed creative energy with a new generation.
Other Presenting Sponsors:
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts | Henry Luce Foundation | Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles | Barbara Lee Foundation