Alternative Projections

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

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

Alexandra Juhasz and artist Jerri Allyn co-host this screening that features video artworks, public service announcements and documentary footage from the Woman’s Building and the L.A. Women’s Video Center. The LAWVC was cofounded at the WB by Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, and Annette Hunt in 1976 and joined by Jerri Allyn in 1977. Featured artists include: Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, Annette Hunt, Cheri Gaulke, Starr Goode, Suzanne Lacy, Leslie Labowitz-Starus, Susan Mogul, Sheila Ruth, Jane Thurmond, and more …

This screening is organized in partnership with the LA Filmforum and 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.

“Doin’ It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building” is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980, an unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, that brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. 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 program will include excerpts from the following:

Childcare Public Service Announcement, 1977, LA Women’s Video Center – Nancy Angelo, Annette Hunt, Candace Compton, Jerri Allyn

Mother and Lesbian Daughter Public Service Announcement, 1977, LA Women’s Video Center – Nancy Angelo, Annette Hunt, Candace Compton, Jerri Allyn

Homosexuality Public Service Announcement, 1977, LA Women’s Video Center – Nancy Angelo, Annette Hunt, Candace Compton, Jerri Allyn

Lesbian Occupations – Public Service Announcement, 1977, LA Women’s Video Center – Nancy Angelo, Annette Hunt, Candace Compton, Jerri Allyn

My friends imitating their favorite animals, Candace Compton, 1979

1893 Historical Handicrafts Exhibition / The Woman’s Building at the Chicago Worlds Fair, LA Women’s Video Center, 1976

Feminist Studio Workshop Video-Letter, Susan Mogul, 1974-75

Opening night at the Woman’s Building (Spring Street), December 13, 1975 (including Sheila de Bretteville, Gloria Steinem, June Wayne), Sheila Ruth

Judy Chicago, Sheila Ruth, 1976

Constructive Feminism: Reconstruction of the Woman’s Building, Sheila Ruth, Diana Johnson, and Annette Hunt, 1975

Scenes Never to Be Seen – FSW First Day 1975, Sheila Ruth

Kate Millett, Claudia Queen, Cyd Slayton, 1977

Nun and Deviant, Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, 1976

I love LA, Jane Krauss, 1977

Eclipse in the Western Palace, Cheri Gaulke, 1976

Our Lady of LA, Kathleen Forest, Cheri Gaulke, Sue Maberry, 1982

The Goddess in Art: Starr Goode interviews Marija Gimbutas, circa 1980s

Learn Where the Meat Comes From, Suzanne Lacy, 1976

Record Companies Drag their Feet, Leslie Labowitz, Suzanne Lacy, LA Women’s Video Center – Nancy Angelo, Annette Hunt, Candace Compton, Jerri Allyn, 1977

In Mourning and Rage, Leslie Labowitz, Suzanne Lacy, Leslie Labowtiz, LA Women’s Video Center – Nancy Angelo, Annette Hunt, Candace Compton, Jerri Allyn, 1977

So you Want to be a Waitress? The Waitresses – Leslie Belt, Chutney Gunderson Berry, Denise Yarfitz, Jerri Allyn, 1978

La La La workshop, (unknown) 1976

– JO

Los Angeles Filmforum

Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945-1980

Alternative Projections is a focused historical survey of experimental filmmaking in Los Angeles, particularly in the postwar era. The project will culminate in a series of approximately 16 screenings, which will explore the tradition of L.A. avant-garde filmmaking and how it related to other traditions such as painting, sculpture, performance art and dance. Canonical avant-garde works (films by Pat O’Neill, Kenneth Anger and Maya Deren) will be mixed with films that have had limited public screenings in Los Angeles since that period (Gary Beydler, Roberta Friedman and Grahame Weinbren, Robert Nakamura, Sam Erenberg). In conjunction with the screening series, a media-rich website will be launched, including more than 40 newly created oral histories, as well as articles, archival materials, and filmographies of various artists.
(Image: Foregrounds by Pat O’Neill 1978)

List of Screening Here

– JO