October 1, 2011 - February 26, 2012
Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building
Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.
Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.
Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.
Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty
David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.
Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.
Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.
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.
Register at Beach=Culture
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.
Full details and schedule:
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