• Design Fair

    Jul 09| Special Event

    The annual Design Week for the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design will launch with a Design Fair on July 9, 2017, from 12-6pm. Held on the college's newly renovated campus, the fair will feature lectures by visiting international designers from 12-1:45pm followed by the book fair from 2-6pm. 

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event

    Sitting in Sound is a guided meditation led by artist Jesse Fleming, and an immersive sound experience performed by Los Angeles-based musical duo Electric Sound Bath (ESB).

  • Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.
    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition

    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.


Woman's Building: Suggested Readings

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October 1, 2011 - February 26, 2012



This bibliography has been created to assist in researching the Woman's Building with a focus within the context of feminism and the feminist art movement, particularly in California in the 1970s. Some of the materials are available online, some via login for the Otis community only. Most of the materials are available (either in the stacks or on reserve) at the Otis Library which is open to researchers.

NEW! Kort, Michele. "When Feminist Art Went Public." Ms. Magazine Summer 2011: 40-43. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Alexander-Leitz, Jan. "The Woman's Building: Where Woman's Culture Keeps Growing  from Anger to Activism." Neworld: The Multi-Cultural Magazine of the Arts Nov/Dec 1979: 18-22. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Breslauer, Jan. "California Performance." Performing Arts Journal 14.2 (1992): 87-96. [JSTOR: Login may be required.]

Brooke, Kaucyila. "She Does Not See What She Does Not Know." X-TRA 6.3 (2004).

Brooklyn Museum. "Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Timeline."  2004-11.

Brooklyn Museum. "Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Videos." 2004-11.

Broude, Norma and Mary D. Garrard, eds. The Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970s, History and Impact. New York: Abrams, 1994.

Brown, Betty Ann, ed. Expanding Circles: Women, Art & Community. New York: Midmarch, 1996. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Brown, Betty Ann. "Feminist Art Education at the Los Angeles Woman's Building." From Site to Vision, the Woman's Building in Contemporary Culture. Sondra Hale and Terry Wolverton, eds. Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, 2011. [PDF. Login may be required]

Brown, Betty Ann. "History of Feminist Art." eHow.com

Burnham, Linda. "Running Commentary: The Los Angeles Woman's Building, One of the Oldest Feminist Institutions in the World, Is Folding." High Performance 14 (Fall 1991): 8-9.

Burton, Sandra. "Bad-Dream House." Time Magazine (Special Issue on The American Woman) March 20, 1972: 77.,9171,942539,00.html. [PDF. Login may be required]

Butler, Connie. WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art. 2007. 

Calvert, Catherine. "Is Rape What Women Really Want?" Mademoiselle Mar. 1974: 134+. [PDF. Login may be required]

Cochrane, Diane. "Women in Art: A Progress Report." American Artist. ec. 1972: 52-56+. [PDF. Login may be required]

Chicago, Judy. Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist. New York: Viking, 1996.

Chicago, Judy. The Dinner Party: A Symbol of Our Heritage. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1979.

Chicago, Judy. Embroidering Our Heritage: The Dinner Party. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1979.

Chicago, Judy. Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist. Doubleday, 1975.

Chicago, Judy and Miriam Schapiro, Womanhouse. Valencia: California Institute for the Arts. 1972. [Online version:]

Cheng, Meiling. In Other Los Angeleses: Multicentric Performance Art. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

Chrysalis Magazine. (10 issues published from 1977-1981)

Clifton, Leigh Ann. "Separate and Equal." Artweek 6 August 1992: 4-5.

Cottingham, Laura. How Many 'Bad' Feminists Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb? New York: Sixty Percent Solution. 1994.

Cottingham, Laura. "L.A. Womyn: The Feminist Art Movement in Southern California, 1970-1979." Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A. 1960-1997. Lars Nittve and Helle Crenzien, eds. Humlebaek, Denmark: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 1997. 188-199. [PDF. Login may be required]

Cottingham, Laura. Seeing Through the Seventies: Essays on Feminism and Art. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: G+B Arts, 2000.

Cranston, Meg. "Everything's Important: A Consideration of Feminist Video in the Woman's Building Collection." CaliforniaVideo: Artists and Histories, Glenn Phillips, ed. Los Angeles: Getty Getty Research Institute. 2008. 269-273. [PDF. Login may be required]

De Bretteville, Sheila Levrant. "Feminist Design." Space and Society 6.2 (1983): 98-103. [PDF. Login may be required]

De Bretteville, Sheila Levrant. "The Los Angeles Woman's Building: A Public Center for Woman's Culture." New Space for Women / edited by Gerda R. Wekerle, Rebecca Peterson, and David Morley. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1980. [PDF. Login may be required.]

De Bretteville, Sheila, Judy Chicago, and Arlene Raven. FSW Brochure, 1973. [PDF]

Deepwell, Katy, ed. New Feminist Art Criticism: Critical Strategies. Manchester, N.Y.: Manchester University Press, 1995.

Dougherty, Cecilia. "Stories from a Generation: Early Video at the LA Woman's Building."  Afterimage 26.1 (1998): 8-11.

Donohue, Marlena Doktorczyk.  "The Waitresses in Context." The Waitresses Unpeeled. Los Angeles: Ben Maltz Gallery, 2011.

Dworkin, Andrea. "The Bruise That Doesn't Heal." Spinning Off April 1980: 1. [PDF]

Edelson, Mary Beth and Arlene Raven, "Happy Birthday America." Chrysalis Magazine 1.1 (1977): 49-53  [PDF]

Elliott, Maud Howe, ed. Art and Handicraft in the Woman's Building of the World's Columbian Exposition Chicago, 1893. Chicago and New York: Rand, McNally & Company: 1894. [Book cover from 1st edition: Entire book:]

Elvenstar, Diane. "Incest: A Second Reality for a Child." L.A. Times 22 October 1979: Part IV. [PDF]

Faderman, Lillian and Stuart Timmons. Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbian. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2009.

"Feminist Educaton" Spinning Off July 1978: 1 [PDF]

Frueh, Joanna and Arlene Raven, "Feminist Art Criticism: Its Demise and Resurrection." Art Journal 50.2 Feminist Art Criticism (Summer 1991): 6-10. [JSTOR: Login may be required.]

Frueh, Joanna, Cassandra L. Langer, and Arlene Raven, eds. New Feminist Criticism: Art, IdentityAction, 1993.

Fryd, Vivien Green. "Suzanne Lacy's Three Weeks in May: Performance Art as 'Expanded Public Pedagogy'." National Women's Studies Association Journal 19 (2007): 23–38.

Fuller, Diana and Daniela Salvioni, eds. Art/Women/California 1950–2000: Parallels and Intersections. Berkeley: University of California Press. 2002.

Gaulke, Cheri. "'Acting Like Women' Performance Art of the Woman's Building." Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena. Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland, eds. Gardiner, N.Y. : Critical Press, 1998. [PDF]

Gopnik, Blake. "What Is Feminist Art?" Washington Post 22 April 2007. Online.

Grenier, Catherine, ed. Catalog L.A.: Birth of an Art Capital: 1955-1985.  San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2007.

Grimstad, Kirsten and Susan Rennie. New Woman's Survival Catalog. New York:Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1973. [Arts section only:]

Gouma-Peterson, Thalia and Patricia Mathews. "The Feminist Critique of Art History." The Art Bulletin. 69.3 (1987): 326-357. [JSTOR:]

Gouma-Peterson, Thalia. Miriam Schapiro: Shaping the Fragments of Art and Life. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1999.

Hale, Sondra and Terry Wolverton, eds. From Site to Vision: the Woman's Building in Contemporary Culture. Los Angeles: Otis College of Art and Design, 2011.

Hammond, Harmony. Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History. New York: Rizzoli, 2000. 

Harper, Paula. "The First Feminist Art Program: A View from the 1980s." Signs 10.4 (1985): 762-781. [JSTOR:]

Hershman-Leeson, Lynn. !Women Art Revolution! DVD. Trailer:

Hershman-Leeson, Lynn. "Women Art Revolution: Videotape Interviews by Lynn Hershman-Leeson for Film, 1990-2008." Stanford.

Hess, Thomas B. and Elizabeth C. Baker, eds. Art and Sexual Politics: Women's Liberation, Women Artists, and Art History. New York, Macmillan, 1973

Hunt, Annette and Nancy Angelo. "Bedtime Stories: Women Speak Out About Incest." Spinning Off October/November 1979: 1.[PDF]

Institute for Women and Art. "Feminist Art Project." Rutgers University.

Irish, Sharon. Suzanne Lacy: Spaces Between. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

Isaak, Jo Anna. Feminism and Contemporary Art: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Laughter. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Iskin, Ruth. "Feminist Education at the Feminist Studio Workshop." Learning Our Way: Essays in Feminist Education, Charlotte Bunch and Sandra Pollack, eds. Trumansburg, N.Y.: Crossing Press. 169-186. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Iskin, Ruth. "Incest Survivors Go Public." LA Weekly 14 November 1980: 4.

Iskin, Ruth and Leslie Labowitz. "Moving Out: Leslie Labowitz and Ruth Iskin on Social, Feminist and Performance Art." Spinning Off April 1979: 1. [PDF]

Jones, Amelia. Body Art/Performing the Subject. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998.

Jones, Amelia. "Burning Down the House: Feminist Art in California (an interview with Amelia Jones)." Art/Women/California 1950–2000: Parallels and Intersections. Diana Fuller and Daniela Salvioni, eds. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. 163-176.

Jones, Amelia, ed. Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's Dinner Party in Feminist Art History Los Angeles: Armand Hammer Museum, 1996.

Judy Chicago & the California Girls. DirJudith Dancoff. Perf. Judy Chicago, Faith Wilding, et al. 1973, 1993. DVD.

Karras, Maria. The Woman's Building Chicago 1893-The Woman's Building Los Angeles 1973–1975. (Artist's book - Opens in a Flash Reader.   PDF - download only) 

Koploy, Shirley. "Art: The Woman's Building—Alive and Living in L.A." Ms. Oct. (1974): 100.

L.A. Council of Women Artists Report. "Is Woman A Work of Art?" L.A. Free Press 9 July 1971. [PDF]

Labowitz, Leslie and Suzanne Lacy. “Evolution of a Feminist Art: Public Forms and Social Issues.” Heresies 2 (1978): 80.

Labowitz, Leslie and Suzanne Lacy. "In Mourning and In Rage." Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 3 (1978): 52–55.

Lacy, Suzanne and Leslie Labowitz. “Feminist Media Strategies for Political Performance.” Cultures in Contention, Douglas Kahn and Diane Neumaier, eds. Seattle: Real Comet Press, 1985. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Lacy, Suzanne. “Artist Resource Site, Three Weeks in May: She Who Would Fly,” September 27, 2003.

Lacy, Suzanne. “In Mourning and In Rage (With Analysis Aforethought).” Ikon 6 (1982).

Lacy, Suzanne. "The Name of the Game." Art Journal 50.2 Feminist Art Criticism (Summer 1991): 64-68. [JSTOR: Login may be required.]

Lacy, Suzanne. “Three Weeks in Ma.,” Frontiers: A Journal of Woman’s Studies 11 (1977): 9-10.

Lacy, Suzanne and Leslie Labowitz. "Evolution of a Feminist Art: Public Forms and Social Issues." Heresies: A Feminist Publication of Art and Politics 2 (Summer 1978): 76-88. [PDF]

Lesbian Art Project. “An Oral Herstory of Lesbianism.” High Performance 2.4 (1979–80): 17-25.

Lippard, Lucy R. From the Center: Feminist Essays on Women's Art.  New York: Dutton, 1976.

Lippard, Lucy R. “More Alternate Spaces: The LA Woman’s Building.” Art in America 62 (May/June 1974): 85-86. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Lippard, Lucy R. "Foreword: Going Around in Circles." From Site to Vision, the Woman's Building in Contemporary Culture. Sondra Hale and Terry Wolverton, eds. Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, 2011. [PDF. Login may be required]

Lippard, Lucy R. The Pink Glass Swan: Selected Essays on Feminist Art. New York: New Press, 1995.

Lippard, Lucy R. “Projecting a Feminist Criticism.” Art Journal 35.4 (Summer 1976): 337-339 [JSTOR: Login may be required.]

Lippard, Lucy R. “Sexual Politics, Art Style.” Art in America 59 (Sept.-Oct. 1971): 19-20. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Lovelace, Carey. Making It Together. New York: Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2008. Online.

Lumbard, Paula. “The Artist as Magus.” Spinning Off March 1980. [PDF]

Lumbard, Paula and Geraldine Hanon. “Vision and the Artist.” Spinning Off June 1979: 1. [PDF]

Mayer, Mónica. “Art and Feminism: from Loving Education to Education through Osmosis.” N.Paradoxa 26 (2010): 5-16.

McGee, Lynn. “Survival Habits.” Los Angeles Reader. 25 March 1983: 1, 8-9. [PDF]

Meyer, Laura. “A Feminist Chronology 1945-94.” Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's Dinner Party in Feminist Art History Amelia Jones, ed. Los Angeles: Armand Hammer Museum, 1996: 238-48. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Meyer, Laura, ed. A Studio of Their Own: The Legacy of the Fresno Feminist Experiment. Fresno, Calif.: Press at California State University, Fresno, 2009.

Meyer, Laura. “The Los Angeles Woman’s Building and the Feminist Art Community, 1973-1991.” The Sons and Daughters of Los: Culture and Community in L.A., David E. James, ed. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003. 39-62. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Lord, Catherine. "The Feminist Vision Thing: Utopias, Memories, Projects." WhiteWalls: A Journal of Language and Art, 33-34 (1994): Chapter 22.

Moravec, Michelle. “Feminism, the Public Sphere and the Incest Awareness Project at the Woman’s Building.” The Politics of Cultural Programming in Public Spaces, Robert Gehl and Victoria Watts, eds. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2010. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Nemser, Cindy. “The Women Artists’ Movement.” Feminist Art Journal 2.4 (1973-1974).

Nochlin, Linda. “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” Artnews (Special Issue on Women’s Liberation, Woman Artists and Art History), Jan. 1971: 22-71. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Parker, Rozsika and Griselda Pollock, ed. Framing Feminism: Art and the Women's Movement, 1970-85,  1987.

Phelan, Peggy. Art and Feminism. London: Phaidon, 2001.

Power, Joan M. "Feminist Education: Everything's Possible." Spinning Off August 1979. [PDF]

Retter, Yolanda. “Lesbian (Feminist) Los Angeles, 1970–1990: An Exploratory Ethnohistory.”  []

Raven, Arlene. Art in the Pubic Interest. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1989.

Raven, Arlene. “The Art of the Woman’s Building: Graphics, Performance and Video.” Spinning Off March 198? [PDF]

Raven, Arlene, ed. At Home. [Exhibition] Long Beach Museum of Ar. 1983.

Raven, Arlene. Crossing Over: Feminism and Art of Social Concern. Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI Research Press, 1988.

Raven, Arlene. “Los Angeles Lesbian Artists.” Cultures in Contention, Douglas Kahn and Diane Neumaier, eds. Seattle: Real Comet Press, 1985: 236-24. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Raven, Arlene. “Oral Herstory of Lesbianism.” High Performance Magazine 8:17-25. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Raven, Arlene and Ruth Iskin. “Through the Peephole: Lesbian Sensibility in Art.” Chrysalis: A Magazine of Women’s Culture 4 (1977): 22.

Robinson, Hilary, ed. Feminism-Art-Theory: An Anthology, 1968-2000. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2001.

Roth, Moira, ed. The Amazing Decade: Women and Performance Art in America, 1970–1980. Los Angeles: Astro Artz, 1983.

Roth, Moira. “Suzanne Lacy Interview." Transcript, Smithsonian Archives of American Art Oral History Collection. []

Roth, Moira. “Suzanne Lacy: Social Reformer and Witch.” TDR 32.1 (Spring 1988): 42-60. [JSTOR: Login may be required.]

Roth, Moira. “A Star Is Born: Performance Art in California.” Performing Arts Journal 4.3 (1980): 86-96. [JSTOR: Login may be required.]

Schapiro, Miriam. "Oral History Interview." Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1989.[]

Schor, Mira. A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 2009. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Sider, Sandra. "Womanhouse: Cradle of Feminist Art Art Spaces Archive Project." []

Sorkin, Jenni. “Arlene Raven: Homecoming.” Critical Matrix 17 (2008): 82–89.

Stermer, Dugald. “Sheila de Bretteville.” Communication Arts May/June (1982): 42-47. [PDF. Login may be required.)

Swartz, Anne. “The Home That the Woman’s Building Built: Cheri Gaulke and Sue Maberry Construct a Visual Narrative of the Lesbian Family,” Journal of Lesbian Studies (special issue on lesbian art and artists), Margo Thompson, ed. 14, 2 & 3, (2010). []

Swartz, Anne and Johanna Burton, eds. “Arlene Raven’s Legacy” from Critical Matrix, Journal of Women, Gender and Culture, 2008. [entire book available online: and]

Tamblyn, Christine. “No More Nice Girls: Recent Transgressive Feminist Art.” Art Journal 50.2 Feminist Art Criticism (Summer 1991): 53-57. [JSTOR: Login may be required.]

Triggs, Teal. “Where Public Meets Private: The Los Angeles Woman’s Building.” Public+Private, Siân Cook and Teal Triggs, eds.: 59-69. [PDF. Login may be required.]

Weisberg, Ruth. "Visiona Narrowsa and the Cowgirl Commandos." Images & Issues 2.2 (Fall 1981): 48-49.

Wilding. Faith. By Our Own Hands: The Women Artist's Movement, Southern California, 1970-1976. [PDF of selected articles about the Woman’s Building. Login may be required.]

Wilding. Faith. “Don’t Tell Anyone We Did It!”

Wolverton, Terry. “Art Against Incest: Feminist Artists Challenge the Conspiracy of Silence.” FUSE (July/August 1980): 280.

Wolverton, Terry. “Generations of Lesbian Art.” High Performance 14 (1991): 10–11.

Wolverton, Terry. Insurgent Muse: Life and Art at the Woman's Building. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2002.

Wolverton, Terry. “Lesbian Art Project.” Heresies #7 2.3 (1979): 14-19.

Wolverton, Terry. and Christine Wong, “An Oral Herstory of Lesbianism.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies: Lesbian History 4.3 (1979): 52-53.

Wolverton, Terry and Betty Willis Brooks. "Survival Tactics: Women's Self Defense." Spinning Off 1.7 (1978): 1. [PDF]

Wolverton, Terry. "The Women's Art Movement Today." Artweek 21 (8 February 1990): 20-1.

Otis College of Art and Design. Woman's Building Image Archive.

Otis College of Art and Design. Woman's Building Oral Histories on YouTube.

Woman's Building. The First Decade. 1983. [PDF]

Woman's Building. Fifteen Years and Growing. 1988. [PDF]

Woman's Building (Women's Community, Inc.). What is Social Art? 1979. [PDF]

“Woman's Building Turns 15.” High Performance Magazine 11 (Fall 1988): 18.

Womanhouse. Dir. Johanna Demetrakas. Women Make Movies. 1974. DVD.

Woo, Elaine. “Bedtime Stories.” Los Angeles Herald Examiner 23 October 1979: B1.

Yee, Lydia. Division of Labor: "Women's Work in Contemporary Art." Bronx, N.Y.: Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1995.


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