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LOS ANGELES – February 7, 2011 – The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Otis College of Art and Design to support “Doin’ It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building,” a scholarly catalog that accompanies the exhibition of the same name. This first-time grant from the Henry Luce Foundation enables Otis to provide an important and timely publication that significantly contributes to American contemporary feminist art, scholarship and theory. Along with “From Site to Vision: the Los Angeles Woman’s Building in Contemporary Culture” – the first volume of this two volume publication set – “Doin’ It In Public” furthers the academic discourse about feminism, feminist art, and contemporary art. Both serve as long-lasting, valuable resources to art historians, women, and gender studies scholars, historians, media theorists, collectors, artists, and students of these key subjects.
The exhibition “Doin’ It In Public” opens at Otis' Ben Maltz Gallery on October 1, 2011 and will be on view through January 28, 2012 as part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011. “Doin’ It In Public” is also supported by The Getty Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation.
The “Doin’ It In Public” exhibition and publications represent the first endeavor to contextualize the Woman’s Building’s (WB) groundbreaking history, and highlight its present-day impact in a way that continues to educate, inspire, and foster change relating to political, economic, and ideological power relations of contemporary society. The “Doin’ It In Public” catalog explores the Woman’s Building in a context of scholarship and theory through critical essays by a new generation of feminist scholars that emerged after the WB. It features a new study begun in 2008 from a research and planning grant funded by The Getty Foundation. The Otis Project Directors and Editors for “Doin’ It In Public” are Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Ben Maltz Gallery, and Sue Maberry, Director of Library and Information Technology at Otis and former Project Director at the Woman’s Building. Essays were contributed by: Vivien Fryd, Professor of Art History, Vanderbilt University, TN; Alexandra Juhasz, Professor in Media Studies, Claremont Graduate University, CA; Jennie Klein, Assistant Professor of Art History, Ohio University; Michelle Moravec, Assistant Professor of History, Rosemont College, PA; and Jennifer Sorkin, Post-Doctoral Pacific Standard Time Fellow, Getty Research Institute; and Cheri Gaulke, artist.
Former WB artists as well as Otis faculty members who advised on the project include Suzanne Lacy, FSW Faculty member and Director of Otis’ Graduate Public Practice program; Jerri Allyn; Terry Wolverton; Nancy Angelo; and Sondra Hale.
Founded in 1973 by artist Judy Chicago, graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven, the Woman’s Building pioneered new models of feminist education, advanced new processes for building community, and posited a feminist art that “raises consciousness, invites dialogue, and transforms culture.” From 1973 to 1991 the WB housed and supported the creation of highly original works in performance, graphics, literature, video and visual arts, and presented some of the leading women artists of the time, such as muralist Judy Baca, artist Betye Saar, performance artist Suzanne Lacy, comedian and actor Lily Tomlin, and authors Kate Millett and Alice Walker.
About The Henry Luce Foundation
The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc. The Luce Foundation supports projects in American art, higher education, Asian affairs, theology, women in science and engineering, and public policy and the environment. Through the Program in American Art, begun in 1982, the Foundation has distributed over $130 million to some 250 museums, universities, and service organizations in 47 states, the District of Columbia and internationally. For more information, please visit www.hluce.org.
Additional information on “Doin It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building” is available by calling 310-665-6905, email@example.com, or at www.otis.edu/public_programs/ben_maltz_gallery, or www.womansbuilding.org/. Detailed information on “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945- 1980” can be found at www.getty.edu/foundation.