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Modern Art in Los Angeles
Feminist Art in Southern California (panel discussion)

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Southern California has been central to the emergence of feminist art since the beginnings of the movement in the 1970s. The development of feminism brought about a tremendous surge of formal, ethnic, and geographic diversity to art in the region and gave rise to important works in a range of styles and media, including mural, assemblage, photography, craft, conceptual art, and performance.

This burst of creativity was accompanied by a decentralization of art production as numerous sites and collaboratives sprang up throughout the Southland: the Feminist Art Program at CalArts in Valencia, the Woman's Building in downtown Los Angeles, the Watts Art Center in South Central, the Chicana movement in East Los Angeles, and performance venues across Southern California. By the end of the 1970s, feminism had made a revolutionary impact on the modern art scene.

Caught in the Act / Antin

About the Panelists
This panel brings together five distinguished artists—all of whom have made significant contributions to feminist art—to consider the origin and legacy of the movement:

  • Eleanor Antin, artist and professor emeritus, University of California, San Diego
  • Barbara Carrasco, artist and muralist
  • Maren Hassinger, artist and director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Rachel Rosenthal, artistic director, The Rachel Rosenthal Company
  • Faith Wilding, artist, founding member of subRosa, and associate professor of performance, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Jori Finkel, regular contributor to the New York Times and curator of Identity Theft: Eleanor Antin, Lynn Hershman, and Suzy Lake: 1972–78 at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, moderates the discussion.

About This Event
This event is part of the Getty Research Institute's Modern Art in Los Angeles series, in which the Getty invites leading artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and critics to discuss their contributions to Southern California's vibrant postwar art scene. It is a collaboration between the GRI and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), and is held in conjunction with MOCA's exhibition WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, on view at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA through July 16, 2007.

Legacy / Hassinger

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.