Doin' It on Tape: Video from the Woman's Building

  • 1893 Historical Handicrafts Exhibition / The Woman's Building at the Chicago Worlds Fair, LA Women's Video Center, 1976
  • Sheila Ruth, Diana Johnson, and Annette Hunt, "Constructive Feminism: Reconstruction of the Woman's Building" (1975)
  • "In Mourning and Rage" (1977)
  • Suzanne Lacy, "Learn Where the Meat Comes From" (1976)

    November 13, 2011, 7:30PM
    Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028

    Tickets: $10 general; $6 students (with ID)/seniors/Otis College faculty; free for Filmforum members

    The Woman’s Building was a public center for women’s culture in Los Angeles from 1973-1991, and housed the Feminist Studio Workshop, a two year program for women in the arts accredited by 4 colleges and universities; the Summer Art Program, a two month intensive; a Continuing Education Program; the Women’s Graphic Center; galleries; performance space adjacent to a café and thrift store; Chrysalis: A Magazine of Women’s Culture; Sisterhood bookstore; a feminist travel agency, and the Los Angeles Women’s Video Center (LAWVC).

    The LAWVC was cofounded at the Woman’s Building by Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, and Annette Hunt in 1976 and joined by Jerri Allyn in 1977. Doin’ It on Tape: Video from the Woman’s Building, hosted by Jerri Allyn and Dr. Alexandra Juhasz, will include video excerpts that they’ve selected from LAWVC’s archives now housed at the Getty Research Institute. Highlighting work from 1971-1986, this presentation includes excerpts from documentary features and raw footage that touches on, women artists in Southern California circa 1968-1973, feminist education, lesbian art, the goddess in the city of angels, violence against women and women fighting back, art collectives, exhibitions, and activism. This powerful media work, much of it not seen in twenty years or more, includes videos by many of the leading artists of the era. Featured artists include The L.A. Women’s Video Center collective, Cheri Gaulke, Starr Goode, Suzanne Lacy, Leslie Labowitz-Starus, Susan Mogul, Sheila Ruth, Jane Thurmond, and more .

    This screening is organized in conjunction with the exhibition "Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building" on view at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design October 1, 2011-January 28, 2012. The video in this program is provided with the permission of the artists; the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute; and the Woman's Building Archive, Otis College of Art and Design.

    See and for more on the Woman’s Building and the exhibition.

    In person: Jerri Allyn, Alexandra Juhasz, Susan Mogul, Cheri Gaulke, Sue Maberry, Kathleen Forrest, Suzanne Lacy, Leslie Labowitz-Starus (schedules permitting)

    Screening Excerpts from the following (Program subject to change)

    All works to screen digitally or from video

    L.A. Women’s Video Center, Childcare Public Service Announcement, 1977, video recording produced by Jerri Allyn, Nancy Anglo, Candace Compton, Annette Hunt, 1:00 minute,

    L.A. Women’s Video Center, Mother and Lesbian Daughter Public Service Announcement, 1977, video recording produced by Jerri Allyn, Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, Annette Hunt, 1:00 minute

    L.A. Women’s Video Center, Homosexuality Public Service Announcement, 1977, produced by Jerri Allyn, Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, Annette Hunt, 00:30 seconds,

    L.A. Women’s Video Center, Lesbian Occupations Public Service Announcement, 1977, produced by Jerri Allyn, Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, Annette Hunt, 1:00 minute

    Candace Compton, My friends imitating their favorite animals, 1979, video recording, 15:00 minutes

    Susan Mogul, FSW (Feminist Studio Workshop) Video-letter, 1975, video recording, 33:00

    Shirl Buss, lalala workshop (Los Angeles League for the Advancement of Lesbians in the Arts or Lesbian Artists Living And Loving Amazons), 1976, video recording, 9:23 minutes

    L.A. Women’s Video Center, 1893 Historical Handicrafts Exhibition, The Woman’s Building at the Chicago World’s Fair, 1976, video recording, 26:00 minutes

    Sheila Ruth and Jan Zimmerman, Signed by a Woman, 1976, video recording, 60:00 minutes

    Sheila Ruth, Opening night at the Woman’s Building (Spring Street), December 13, 1975, video recording, 30:00, © Woman’s Building Board of Directors

    Sheila Ruth, Judy Chicago in 1976, 1976, video recording, 23:00

    Sheila Ruth, Constructive Feminism: Reconstruction of the Woman’s Building, 1976, video recording, 32:00 minutes, produced by Sheila Ruth with Annette Hunt and Diana Johnson

    Scenes never to be seen beyond this scene: the hidden eye takes a long look at the FSW 1975-1976, 1976, 31:00

    Claudia Queen and Cyd Slayton, Kate Millet, 1977, video recording, 11:00

    L.A. Women’s Video Center, First Day FSW, 1980, video recording, 62:00

    Kathleen Forrest, Cheri Gaulke, and Sue Maberry, Our Lady of L.A., 1982, video recording, 30:00 minutes

    Cheri Gaulke, Eclipse in the Western Palace, 1976, video recording, 20:00 minutes

    Jane Thurmond (Jane Krauss), I Love L.A., c.1973-1991, video recording, 5:27 minutes

    Nancy Angelo and Candace Compton, Nun and Deviant, 1976, video recording, 20:00 minutes

    The Waitresses (Jerri Allyn, Leslie Belt, Chutney Gunderson, Denise Yarfitz), So You Want to be a Waitress?, 1978, video recording, 25:00 minutes

    Suzanne Lacy, Learn where meat comes from, 1976, video recording, 15:37 minutes

    Leslie Labowitz and Suzanne Lacy, Record Companies Drag their Feet, 1977, video recording produced by LA Woman’s Video Center with Jerri Allyn, Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton and Annette Hunt, 18:00 minutes

    Leslie Labowitz and Suzanne Lacy, In Mourning and In Rage, 1977, video recording produced by LA Woman’s Video Center with Jerri Allyn, Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton and Annette Hunt, 30:00 minutes


    Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building
    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 was the epicenter in Los Angeles. In 1973, artist Judy Chicago, graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven founded the Woman’s Building as a public center dedicated to women’s culture, and for 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 Woman’s Building raised consciousness, invited dialogue, and transformed culture. It 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.

    Doin’ It in Public is an exhibition, publication, website and series of public programs that documents, contextualizes and pays tribute to the groundbreaking work of feminist artists and art collectives that were centered at the Women’s Building in the 1970s and 1980s. This project is made possible by a generous grant from the Getty Foundation with additional funding provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Henry Luce Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles, and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation.

    Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 will feature over 24 shows between now and May 2012. Alternative Projections is Filmforum’s exploration of the community of filmmakers, artists, curators and programmers who contributed to the creation and presentation of experimental film and video in Southern California in the postwar era.  Film series curated by Adam Hyman and Mark Toscano, with additional contributions by Jerri Allyn, David James, Christine Panushka, Terry Cannon, Ben Caldwell, Stephanie Sapienza, Amy Halpern, and more.

    Primary funding for Alternative Projections was provided by the Getty Foundation, with additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.  This screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.   Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque.

    Note that the Egyptian no longer validates for the Hollywood & Highland parking, although that may still be your best bet for parking.  You’ll have to get validation in the Hollywood & Highland complex though.  There is also street parking, some $5 lots, and the Metro Red Line to Hollywood & Highland.