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Andy Warhol Foundation Supports Doin It In Public Exhibition and Publications

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.

LOS ANGELES – July 30, 2010 – The Andy Warhol Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Otis College of Art and Design in support of the publication "From Site to Vision" and the exhibition “Doin it in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building.” The ebook "From Site to Vision: The Woman’s Building in Contemporary Culture" documents the history and legacy of the Woman’s Building, a public center for women’s culture that was a powerful symbol of the feminist art movement in Los Angeles and around the world. The exhibition, supported by The Getty Foundation, is part of the larger initiative “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980” which, through an unprecedented series of concurrent exhibitions throughout Southern California, highlights the significance of art in Los Angeles in the post-World War II decades.

Founded in 1973 by artist Judy Chicago, graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven, the Woman’s Building pioneered new models of feminist education, advanced new processes for building community, and posited a feminist art that “raises consciousness, invites dialogue, and transforms culture.” From 1973 to 1991 the Woman’s Building housed and supported the creation of highly original works in performance, graphics, literature, video and visual arts, and presented some of the leading women artists of the time, such as muralist Judy Baca, artist Betye Saar, performance artist Suzanne Lacy, comedian and actor Lily Tomlin, and authors Kate Millett and Alice Walker.

A prestigious team of scholars have contributed essays to the “Doin’ It in Public” publications, and provided curatorial advice. They include Vivien Fryd, professor of art history, Vanderbilt University; Alexandra Juhasz, professor in media studies, Claremont Graduate University; Jennie Klein, assistant professor of art history, Ohio University; Michelle Moravec, assistant professor of history, Rosemont College; Jennifer Sorkin, curatorial associate, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University. “From Site to Vision: The Woman’s Building in Contemporary Culture,” edited by Sondra Hale and Terry Wolverton, offers a profound and critical examination of the Woman’s Building during the eighteen years (1973-1991) when it was the vital core of Los Angeles feminist art, culture and political activism. Written by many of the artists, writers, and critics who participated in the Woman’s Building, the essays clearly and lucidly recount the struggles, sacrifices and controversies as well as the breakthroughs and successes from the visionary hopes of Sheila de Bretteville for the future of feminist contributions to the groundbreaking performance art of Suzanne Lacy to specific concerns of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and education.

“The Warhol Foundation's focus is to support contemporary visual art, particularly work that is experimental and under-recognized,” said Warhol Foundation President Joel Wachs. “Since the Woman's Building was a major force in the feminist art movement and the L.A. art scene that is unfamiliar to many, we are very pleased to be supporting the exhibition and catalog. The public will now have a unique opportunity to appreciate the Woman’s Building artists and their work.”

Additional information on “Doin’ It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building” is available by calling (310) 665-6905 or at archive.otis.edu/public_programs/ben_maltz_gallery or www.womansbuilding.org/. Detailed information on “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945- 1980” can be found at www.getty.edu/foundation


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Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Adobe, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.

Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; the Graduate Studios are in nearby Culver City, and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.
 

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