A list of selected archives, books, and online resources related to feminist art and research at the Getty Research Institute.

Created: 2017, updated 2018
Authors: Marissa Clifford, Anja Foerschner, Kayleigh Perkov, and John Tain


The Getty Research Institute is a rich repository of resources for those interested in studying art and feminism. Its Special Collections hold the archives of eminent artists, writers, and curators whose work—while not necessarily self-identified as feminist—had an impact on feminist art since the 1960s. These collections—which include the papers of Eleanor Antin, Harmony Hammond, the Guerrilla Girls, Cindy Nemser, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Sylvia Sleigh, Barbara T. Smith, and Marcia Tucker—offer insight into the development of these artists' and writers' practice. Drawings, scripts, or photographs allow for the study of ephemeral works such as performance, happenings, or dance, to which the artists brought innovative approaches, while letters and notes give an account of day-to-day thoughts related to projects, personal matters, and professional exchanges.

Other notable archives at the Research Institute document New York's legendary performance space The Kitchen, in which several of the abovementioned artists were active, and Miranda July's feminist film chain letter Joanie 4 Jackie. The library's holdings of key literature—such as High Performance magazine and The Feminist Art Journal—and exhibition catalogs complement and contextualize the narratives of individual archives.

In addition, the highly active feminist art scene in Southern California is represented in the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive and in collections related to the Woman's Building in downtown Los Angeles. Processing and preservation of the latter received support from a grant by the Save America's Treasures program, an interagency federal initiative led by the National Park Service and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

This research guide is intended to serve as an introduction to research on archives and collections related to feminist art at the Getty Research Institute, and is not a comprehensive bibliography for the subject in its entirety. It will be updated as new collection material is acquired.

Special Collections Resources


Nancy Buchanan
Feminist Art Workers
Guerrilla Girls
Harmony Hammond
Joanie 4 Jackie
L.A. Artists for Survival Recordings Related to Target L.A
Cindy Nemser
Yvonne Rainer
Carolee Schneemann
Sylvia Sleigh
Barbara T. Smith
Marcia Tucker
The Waitresses
Faith Wilding

Related Archives

The Feminist Art Journal
The Kitchen
Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive
Mother Art
Sisters of Survival

Introductory Reading

After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art
Edited by Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princethal, Sue Scott, 2013

Angry Women
Andrea Juro & V. Vale, 1991

Art, Women, California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersections
Edited by Diana Burgess Fuller and Daniela Salvioni, 2002

Black Feminist Cultural Criticism
Edited by Jacqueline Bobo, 2001

By Our Own Hands: The Woman Artist's Movement, Southern California, 1970–1976
Faith Wilding, 1977

Crossing Over: Feminism and Art of Social Concern
Arlene Raven, 1987

Feminist Art Criticism: An Anthology
Edited by Arlene Raven, Cassandra Langer, and Joanna Ellen Frueh, 1988

Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art
Edited by Cornelia H. Butler and Alexandra Schwartz, 2010

The Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970s, History and Impact
Edited by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard, 1994

The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community
Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Selma James, 1975

Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's Dinner Party in Feminist Art History
Edited by Amelia Jones, 1996

Visual and Other Pleasures
Laura Mulvey, 1989

Women, Art, and Power and Other Essays
Linda Nochlin, 1988

Women, Art, and Society
Whitney Chadwick, 1990

Books Related to Archival Holdings

The 21st Century Odyssey Part II: The Performances of Barbara T. Smith
Edited by Rebecca McGrew-Yule, Jennie Klein et. al, exhibition catalog, Pomona College, 2005

An Artist's Life by Eleanora Antinova / Eleanor Antin
Eleanor Antin, 2016

Bad Girls
Edited by Marcia Tucker. Exhibition catalog, New Museum, 1994

Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting
Edited by Sabine Breitwieser. Exhibition catalog Museum der Moderne Salzburg, 2015

Carolee Schneemann: Unforgivable
Edited by Kenneth White, Carolee Schneemann, and Duncan McCorquodale, 2015

Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement
B. Ruby Rich, 1998

Correspondence Course: An Epistolary History of Carolee Schneemann and Her Circle
Edited by Kristine Stiles, 2010

Dialogues and Meditations: Harmony Hammond
Edited by Paul Eli Ivey. Exhibition catalog, Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, 2002

Eleanor Antin
Howard N. Fox, 1999

Enacting Others: Politics of Identity in Eleanor Antin, Nikki S. Lee, Adrian Piper, and Anna Deavere Smith / Cherise Smith
Cherise Smith, 2011

The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art
The Guerrilla Girls, 1998

Guerrilla Girls: Disturbing the Peace
Edited by Mélanie Boucher. Exhibition catalog, Galerie de l'UQAM, Montreal, 2010

Harmony Hammond: Against Seamlessness
Exhibition catalog, Dwight Hackett projects, 2011

Harmony Hammond: Big Paintings, 2002–2005
Exhibition catalog, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, 2002

Imaging Her Erotics: Essays, Interviews, Projects
Edited by Carolee Schneemann, 2002

Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History
Harmony Hammond, 2000

More than Meat Joy: Complete Performance Works & Selected Writings
Edited by Carolee Schneemann and Bruce McPherson, 1979

Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin's "Selves"
Edited by Emily Liebert. Exhibition catalog, Wallach Art Gallery, New York, 2013

Remnants: Artworks from 1965–1972 / Barbara T. Smith
Edited by Mara McCarthy and Barbara T. Smith, 2007

A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World
Edited by Marcia Tucker, 2008

Sylvia Sleigh: Invitation to a Voyage and Other Works
Exhibition catalog, Milwaukee Art Museum, 1990

"An Unnerving Romanticism": The Art of Sylvia Sleigh and Lawrence Alloway
Exhibition catalog, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 2001

Yvonne Rainer
B. Ruby Rich, 1981

Yvonne Rainer, Radical Juxtapositions 1961–2002
Edited by Sid Sachs. Exhibition catalog, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 2003

Yvonne Rainer: Space, Body, Language
Edited by Yilmaz Dziewior et al. Exhibition catalog, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2012

Multimedia and Other Online Resources

"A Woman Who...: Selected Works of Yvonne Rainer," DVD video collection, Video Data Bank

Interview with Barbara T. Smith on The Iris

High Performance magazine audio recordings, ca. 1980–1986

Woman's Building "Eyes on Art" video

Woman's Building "Feminist Studio Workshop" video

Miranda July's Joanie 4 Jackie documentation website

Chrysalis magazine
Download Chrysalis for free

Oral Histories at the Getty Research Institute featuring interviews with Betye Saar and Judy Chicago

Woman's Building: Doing It in Public
A 67-video playlist recorded in 2011 as part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945–1980, Otis College of Art and Design

Recording Artists podcast, Season 1 Radical Women
Helen Molesworth in conversation with contemporary artists and art historians about interviews from the 1960s and '70s with artists Helen Frankenthaler, Eva Hesse, Lee Krasner, Alice Neel, Yoko Ono, and Betye Saar