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Otis College of Art and Design to Mount Exhibition “Doin’ It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building”

On view October 1, 2011 through January 28, 2012
Retrospective on the Pioneering Work of Feminist Artists, Art Cooperatives at the Los Angeles Woman’s Building from 1973-1991
Exhibition and Catalogs Part of The Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980

LOS ANGELES – January 28, 2011 – Otis College of Art and Design, with financial support from The Getty Foundation, is in the final stages of organizing the much-anticipated exhibition, Doin’ It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building, to be held Oct. 1, 2011–Jan. 28, 2012 at Ben Maltz Gallery.

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.

This exhibition is the first to fully explore the contributions of the Woman’s Building. Exhibitions such as WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, 1965-1980, (MOCA, Los Angeles, 2007); Catalog L.A.:Birth of Art Capital: 1955-1985 (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2006); and Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's Dinner Party in Feminist Art (Hammer Museum, 1996) position the WB within the West Coast feminist art movement.

A major component of the exhibition is the WB’s focus on developing, teaching and executing collaboration. The work of collaborative groups such as Ariadne: A Social Art Network, Chrysalis Magazine, Feminist Art Workers, Feminist Studio Workshop, The L.A. Women’s Video Center, Madre Tierra Press, Mother Art, Sisters of Survival, The Waitresses, and the Women’s Graphic Center, and is presented and contextualized through the exhibition and publications.

To complement the exhibition Otis will release a scholarly two-volume catalog set. The first volume, From Site to Vision: the Los Angeles Woman’s Building in Contemporary Culture is a comprehensive Media Release: Doin’ It in Public / Pacific Standard Time / Ben Maltz Gallery / Pg 2 of 3 history of the WB written primarily by former members and includes entries by: Betty Ann Brown, Theresa Chavez, Cecilia Dougherty, Sondra Hale, Jennie Klein, Michele Kort, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Lucy Lippard, Bia Lowe, Michelle Moravec, Laura Meyer, Kathleen A. Walkup, and Terry Wolverton. The second volume, which shares the title of the exhibition, presents the WB through critical essays by a new generation of feminist scholars (see list of essayists below).

Doin’ It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building, is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945-1980, 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. Otis will collaborate with other Pacific Standard Time participants to host interactive workshops and film screenings about related exhibition themes. Public programs include receptions, tours, and poetry readings, in addition to an extensive website with an ongoing oral history project using YouTube and Facebook. Otis students will participate in curricular activities and produce an electronic news magazine that surveys feminist art today and Otis’ position in the evolution of the L.A. art scene.

The Otis Project Directors are Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Ben Maltz Gallery and Sue Maberry, Director of Library and Information Technology and former Project Director at the Woman’s Building. The participating individuals who contributed to the exhibition catalog Doin It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building include: 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. Former Woman’s Building artists as well as Otis faculty members advised on the project, including Suzanne Lacy, former WB artist, FSW Faculty member and Director of Otis’ Graduate Public Practice program; Cheri Gaulke; Jerri Allyn; Terry Wolverton; Nancy Angelo, and Sondra Hale. Curatoral and Research Interns assisting on the project include: Julia Paoli, Paige Tighe, and Joanne Mitchell.

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 1, 4pm-7pm
OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, L.A. 90045

Convening: Saturday/Sunday, October 15 and 16
Still Doin’ It: Fanning the Flames of the Woman’s Building
Part convening, part symposium, part reunion, part performance, the event is a dialogue between feminist artists then and now. Saturday afternoon features tours of the exhibition with Doin’ It in Public essayists (V. Fryd, A. Juhasz, J. Klein, M. Moravec, J. Sorkin) and readings by WB writers in the evening at Antioch University. Sunday includes a no-host reun
ion breakfast, keynote speaker Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, interactive dialogues and performances. On Sunday afternoon Phranc, the All American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger, performs at the SkirballCultural Center.

Location, Hours, Admission, Parking Location: Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
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Media Release: Doin’ It in Public / Pacific Standard Time / Ben Maltz Gallery / Pg 2 of 3
Media Release: Doin’ It in Public / Pacific Standard Time / Ben Maltz Gallery / Pg 3 of 3

Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980 is a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together for six months beginning in October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a major new force in the art world. Each institution will make its own contribution to this grand-scale story of artistic innovation and social change, told through a multitude of simultaneous exhibitions and programs. Exploring and celebrating the significance of the crucial post-World War II years through the tumultuous period of the 1960s and 70s, Pacific Standard Time encompasses developments from modernist architecture and design to multi-media installations; from L.A. Pop to post-minimalism; from the films of the African-American L.A. Rebellion to the feminist happenings of the Women’s Building; from ceramics to Chicano performance art, and from Japanese-American design to the pioneering work of artists’ collectives. Initiated through $10 milion in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time involves cultural institutions of every size and character across Southern California, from Greater Los Angeles to San Diego and Santa Barbara to Palm Springs.

Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

Additional funding for Doin it in Public has been provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Henry Luce Foundation, and Barbara Lee Family Foundation. The Getty Foundation provides support to institutions and individuals committed to advancing the understanding and preservation of the visual arts locally and throughout the world. Through strategic grants and programs, the Los Angeles-based Foundation strengthens art history as a global discipline, increases access to collections, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. The Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the J. Paul Getty Trust, an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts.
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