Timeline 1973-1975

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The Woman’s Building

1973

ORGANIZATION MILESTONES

Feminist Studio Workshop (FSW) founded by Judy Chicago, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and Arlene Raven
FSW students and volunteers renovate the historic Chouinard Art Institute building
The Woman’s Building opens its doors at 743 South Grandview (11/28)

KEY STAFF

FSW Faculty: Judy Chicago, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Edie Folbe, Ruth Iskin, Suzanne Lacy, Deena Metzger, Arlene Raven, Helen Alm Roth
Other Staff: Edie Gross
Board of Directors: Judy Chicago, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Arlene Raven
Board of Lady Managers: Woman’s Building Board members and representatives of all affiliated groups

AFFILIATED GROUPS

Associated Women’s Press Center for Feminist Art Historical Studies Gallery 707 Grandview Gallery I, II Los Angeles Feminist Theater Sisterhood Bookstore Womanspace Gallery Women’s Graphics Center Women’s Improvisational Theater

EXHIBITIONS

"The Great Ladies” (Grandview I (December)

LITERARY EVENTS

An evening of readings (12/19)

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Feminist Studio Workshop

1974

ORGANIZATION MILESTONES

Womanspace closes
Judy Chicago leaves FSW staff to work onThe Dinner Party
Extension Program begins
Summer Art Program founded

KEY STAFF

Feminist Studio Workshop: Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Edie Folbe, Ruth Iskin, Suzanne Lacy, Deena Metzger, Arlene Raven, Helen Alm Roth
Other Staff: Michele Kort
Board of Directors: Judy Chicago, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Arlene Raven
Board of Lady Managers: Woman’s Building Board members and representatives of all affiliated groups

AFFILIATED GROUPS

Associated Women’s Press
Center for Feminist Art Historical Studies
Floating Gallery I, II, III
Gallery 707
Grandview Gallery I, II
Los Angeles Feminist Theater
Sisterhood Bookstore
Womanspace Gallery
Women’s Graphics Center
Women’s Improvisational Theater

EXHIBITIONS

“The Indian Show” (date unknown)
“FSW Group Show” (date unknown)
“The Open Wall Show” and “You Are What You Eat” (Womanspace) (1/5)
“Beth Avary” (Gallery 707) (3/20–4/20)
“Temporary Environment and Performances” (Floating Gallery I) (9/14)
“Women Behind Walls” (Work by women in mental and penal institutions) (Floating Gallery II) (9/14)
“Drawings: Phyllis Linda Yaven” (Gallery 707) (9/14)
“Mary Maughelli” (Grandview I) (9/14)
“Susan Hermann” (Grandview II) (9/14)
“Up and Coming” (9/14)

PERFORMANCES

Women’s Performance Project (Liebe Gray, Linda Phillips, and Laurie Kohn) (Jan.)
I Am I, Lee Marmer (2/22)
Catherine Le Duc sings (2/26)
Women’s Performance Project: A Room of Her Own: An Evening with Virginia Woolf (5/3–4)
Spring Performance Series: Barbara Smith, Vicki Hall, FSW (5/10)
Eileen Griffin (9/14)
Women’s Improvisation Theater (9/14)

FILM AND VIDEO ART

Three Lives,film by Kate Millett (5/17)
The Moment Whole and Betty Tells HERSTORY, films (9/20)

LITERARY EVENTS

Angela Davis reading (date unknown)
Jill Bohlander reads poetry from A Book: By California Women (2/26)
Rita Mae Brown reading (Sisterhood) (5/18)

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Feminist Studio Workshop
Lucy R. Lippard lecture (2/13)
Workshop for Women Artists and Women Who Want to Be Artists, Suzanne Lacy and Carol Kerlan (2/23)
Summer Art Program (June)
Contribution by Women to the Arts, extension class by Suzanne Lacy (3/29–6/14)

SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY EVENTS

Valentine Party (2/16)
Art clinic for women artists to discuss professional problems (2/20)
Gertrude Stein Centennial Celebration (Womanspace) (2/23)
Dykes Out of Herstory (5/4)
Margie Adam concert and dance (5/18)
Nancy Reeves lecture (6/8)
Vicki and Her Friends, Vicki Randall in concert (11/15)

1975

ORGANIZATION MILESTONES

Chouinard building sold
FSW students renovate building at 1727 Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles
Building Women concert raises funds for renovation, featuring Lily Tomlin, Meg Christian, Holly Near, Margie Adam, Cris Williamson, New Miss Alice Stone Ladies Society Orchestra Grand Opening of 1727 North Spring Street location (12/13)

KEY STAFF

Feminist Studio Workshop: Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Edie Folbe, Ruth Iskin, Suzanne Lacy, Deena Metzger, Arlene Raven, Helen Alm Roth
Other Staff: Susan E. King, Michele Kort
Extension Program Coordinator: Meg Harlam
Summer Session Coordinator: Bia Lowe
Board of Directors: Judy Chicago, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Arlene Raven
Board of Lady Managers: Woman’s Building board members and representatives of all affiliated groups

AFFILIATED GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS

Associated Women’s Press
Canis Gallery
Center for Feminist Art Historical Studies
Floating Gallery I, II, III
Gallery 707
Grandview Gallery I, II
Susan Kuhner, PhD
L.A. Women’s Switchboard
Los Angeles Feminist Theater
National Organization for Women
Olivia Records
Sisterhood Bookstore
Womantours
Women’s Graphics Center
Women’s Improvisational Theater
Johnnie Zheutlin, RN, MA

CONFERENCES

Women in Design: The Next Decade (3/20–21)
Women’s Words: Making the Self Public (3/22–23)
Personal and Public Ritual: Women in Performance Art (3/24–25, 3/27)
Lady Fingers/Mother Earth: Women in Ceramics (3/26)
The Feminist Eye: Women Filmmakers and Video Creators (3/29–30)/p>

EXHIBITIONS

Chiounard Building
“Manta Rays,” Diane Adcock (date unknown)
“Anne Phillips” (date unknown)
“Self-Portrait Show,” Suzanne Lacy (date unknown)
“Victim/Victory,” Ann Phillips, Marguerite Elliot, Cheryl Swannack (date unknown)
“Metamorphosis” (Judy Chicago, catalog by Arlene Raven) (1/5–31)
“Self-Portraits” (Floating Gallery II) (1/11)
“Open Wall Show” (Floating Gallery I) (1/11)
“Drawings by Faith Wilding, Sculpture by Anne Banas” (Grandview I, II) (1/11)
“The Building Speaks,” Dorothy Baker (Photo Gallery) (1/11)
“Women in the Printing Arts” (1/11)
“Lilla Tuckerman”; “Linda Hubert, Bee Ettinger, Vaughan Rachel, Lilla Gilbrecht, Susan Mogul” (Floating Gallery II) (2/8)
“Open Wall 3-D Show” (Floating Gallery I) (2/8)
“Photos by Wendy Davis” (Bookstore Gallery) (2/8)
“Sculpture by Sharon Hare” (Grandview I) (2/8)
“Drawings and paintings by Gerri Gray” (Grandview II) (2/8)
“Eileen Grey Retrospective” (3/8)
“Sculpture by Carol Kerlan,; paintings byAnnette Robyns” (Grandview I) (3/8)
“Paintings and drawings by Carol Kaufman” (Grandview II) (3/8)
“Open Wall” (Floating Gallery I) (3/8)
Historical show of quilts (Floating Gallery II) (3/8)
“Lady Fingers/Mother Earth ceramic invitational” (3/26)
“Great Southwest,” Helen Watson (4/5-26)
“Surrealist paintings by Ethel Green” (5/10)
“Marsha Bailey” (Grandview I) (5/10)
“Paintings and sculpture by Linda Levi, sculpture by Fran Raboff” (Grandview II) (5/10)
“Dorothy Baker” (Coffeehouse Gallery) (5/10)
“By Mothers: Mother Art” (5/10)
“Imogene Cunningham” (5/10)

Spring Street Building “Ree Morton” (12/13)
“Carole Caroompas, Judy Chicago, Ruth Weisburg” (12/13)
“Barbara Munger” (12/13)
“FSW Group Show” (12/13)

PERFORMANCES

Chiounard Building
“Isadore Duncan: A Unique Recital” (Kres Mersky) (1/17)
Personal and Public Ritual: Women in Performance Art
Conference (Eleanor Antin, Pauline Oliveros, Helen Harrison, Barbara Smith) (3/24–25, 3/27)
Mother Art performance group founded by Jan Cook, Gloria Hadjuk, Christie Kruse, Suzanne Siegel, Laura Silagi (5/10)

Spring Street Building
FSW Performances (12/13)
Miss Alice Stone Ladies Society Orchestra (12/13)
Margie Adam (12/13)
Cris Williamson (12/20)

FILM AND VIDEO ART

Chiounard Building
The Feminist Eye: Women Filmmakers and Video Creators Conference (3/29–30)
A Comedy in Six Unnatural Acts, film premiere by Jan Oxenberg (5/16)
National Videoletters, by Sheila Ruth and Susan Mogul (June)

Spring Street Building
Woman to Woman, by Donna Deitch (12/13)
Videoletters Community Meeting (12/14)
Videoletters screening (12/19)

GRAPHICS

Women in Design: The Next Decade Conference (Ellen Perry Berkeley, Denise Scott Brown, Claire Forrest, Ethel Kramer, Jane Thompson, Susana Torre) (3/20–21)

Spring Street Building
Helen Alm Roth, Maria Karras, Women’s Graphic Center Open House (12/09)
“Traditions in Our Work,” presentation by Sheila de Bretteville and Cynthia Marsh (12/09)

LITERARY EVENTS

Women’s Words: Making the Self Public Conference (Kate Millett, Jill Johnston, Meridel Le Seuer, Kathleen Fraser, Barbara Myerhoff) (3/22–23)
Helen Alm Roth, Maria Karras, Women’s Graphic Center Open House (12/09)
Traditions in Our Work, presentation by Sheila de Bretteville and Cynthia Marsh (12/09)

Spring Street Building
Beah Richards book signing and reading (Sisterhood Bookstore) (12/06)
Kirsten Grimstad and Susan Rennie, The New Woman’s Survival Sourcebook (Sisterhood Bookstore) (12/13)

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Feminist Studio Workshop
Summer Art Program (6/30–8/15)

EXTENSION PROGRAMS

Incest, Linda Oldon (5/5)
One Day Mediation Workshop, Anna Rubin (5/10)
Grantswomanship, Michele Kort (5/10)
Anger Workshop II, Carol Kerlan and Suzanne Lacy (5/17)
Woman Power: Our Bodies, Meg Harlan (5/24)
Workshop on how to find time to be (Instructor unknown) (5/24)
Photography, Lilla Gilbrecht (7/7–8/25)
Writing Poems, Prose Poems, and Autobiographical Fiction, Holly Prado (7/8–8/26)
Women Make News / Women Make Video, Susan Mogul, and Ann Mills (7/8–8/26)
Total Health, Nan Fuchs (7/9–8/27)
Women and Art from a Feminist Perspective, Susan E. King (7/10–8-21)
Where Can We Perform? Laurel Klick (7/12–8/30)
Composers Gathering, Pauline Oliveros (7/12–13)
Grantswomanship, Michele Kort (7/12)
Writing to Sell, Marcianne Miller (7/19)
Self Documentation, Ruth Iskin (7/19)
Women’s Anger, Suzanne Lacy and Carol Kerlan (7/26)
Create a Living Environment, Franziska Gehrig (7/26, 8/9)
Womanpower: Our Bodies, Meg Harlam (8/2)
Artists’ Responsibility in Society: Women’s Music, Holly Near (12/06)
Aging as a Positive Experience, Aurelia Morris (12/06)

SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY EVENTS

Maria Isabel Barreno of “The Three Marias” lecture(2/1)
Slide show on the mother image in art (5/10)
Rap group on mothering and how women feel about it (5/17)
Discussion of feminism and sexism in children’s books (5/31)
Program about childcare, including discussions, films, and speakers (6/4–7)
Building Women fundraiser (5/15, 7/15)
Press conference for opening of new Building (12/11)
“The Woman’s Building of 1893 at the Columbian Exposition, Chicago World’s Fair,” presentation by Ruth Iskin (12/19
New Year’s Eve Comedy Revue and Dance in honor of International Women’s Year (12/31)