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Play, cry, love, scream, laugh—I could go on and on. I feel confident to say everyone in the last SAP ’79 felt and experienced everything there is to feel and then more. I am privileged to have been a part of it. For seven weeks my life bubbled…

American art expresses an exceptional vitality, especially pieces by Southern California natives. The ethnically diverse region rich in complex culture produces unparalleled talent. Contemporary pieces illustrate the changing nature of human…

I can't tell you how much working for the WB changed my life. I was able to start my own graphic design business and was published for the first time in "Women for all Seasons," a WB publication where I was given the great opportunity to illustrate…

FSW 1976.
Suzanne Lacy, the performance art teacher at the Feminist Studio Workshop, perched on a stool in front of the fifteen of us. Her back was completely straight and her thin body didn’t seem substantial enough for the huge multi-layer…

Ruth Iskin hangs work on the “Open Wall” at Womanspace, early in 1973. This safe place for women briefly occupied Amy Goldman’s old studio on Venice Boulevard, Culver City before the Woman’s Building opened downtown on Grandview. The custom…

I first heard of the Women’s Building through Time or Newsweek. There was a small, picture of some of the participants and a brief description of what was going on at 1727 North Spring Street in Los Angeles. I immediately thought, that’s where I…

1975-76

Read about these two feminist (short hand in those days for lesbian) art historians when I walked into the Woman's Resource Center at the University of Tennessee and found Crysalis Magazine. I was floundering around coming out, breaking up, trying to…

Ive always had good feelings about the Womans Building. I gave my first lecture of Women Photographers on Venice Boulevard, where I was told the space was a Womens Building. And later at First Street in downtown Los Angeles, in the building that had…

As a woman artist, I faced the daunting fact that Los Angeles Art Scene belonged to the "beach boys". The best dealer told me he hated women!

The Women's Building was a refuge from prejudice and exclusion. I showed my work there and taught…

Re-naming Ritual

When asked, “Who are you?” we generally reply by saying our name. Women engaged in self-discovery often felt the need to change “old” names into something more in keeping with their vision of who they were becoming.…

mid-1970s