Video Herstories

As part of the research for the exhibition, a series of interviews with women artists and writers involved in the Woman's Building was commissioned by Otis College.

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The Woman’s Building History: Cynthia Marsh

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Cynthia Marsh was on faculty at the Woman's Building in Los Angeles from 1973 to 1978. She went on to be a professor of printmaking and design at California State University, Northridge from 1978 to 1992. She then served as the Chair of Communication Arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles from 1992 to 95. She left to become Chair of the Art Department at Austin Peay State University, in Tennessee, where she founded the Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection. Since its inception, press has received ten regional and national grants including an NEA award in 2006.
apsu.edu/Art/faculty/marsh/index.html
This video shown as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time 2011-2012: Doin' It in Public: Art and Feminism at the Woman's Building
Ben Maltz Gallery
October 1, 2011 — January 28, 2012

The Woman’s Building History: Cynthia Marsh

The Woman’s Building History: Cynthia Marsh Pt 2 of 2 from JM Ven on Vimeo.

Cynthia Marsh was on faculty at the Woman's Building in Los Angeles from 1973 to 1978. She went on to be a professor of printmaking and design at California State University, Northridge from 1978 to 1992. She then served as the Chair of Communication Arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles from 1992 to 95. She left to become Chair of the Art Department at Austin Peay State University, in Tennessee, where she founded the Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection. Since its inception, press has received ten regional and national grants including an NEA award in 2006.
apsu.edu/Art/faculty/marsh/index.html
This video shown as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time 2011-2012: Doin' It in Public: Art and Feminism at the Woman's Building
Ben Maltz Gallery
October 1, 2011 — January 28, 2012

The Woman’s Building History: Deena Metzger

The Woman’s Building History: Deena Metzger from JM Ven on Vimeo.

Deena Metzger was influential in the early days of the Woman's Building and well as the CalArts Feminist Program in the early 1970s. As a faculty member in the Feminist Studio Workshop, she headed the Women Writer's Series and the Woman's Words Conference. Deena is a poet, novelist, essayist, storyteller, teacher, healer and medicine woman who has taught and counseled for over forty years.
See also: deenametzger.com/
This video shown as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time 2011-2012: Doin' It in Public: Art and Feminism at the Woman's Building
Ben Maltz Gallery
October 1, 2011 — January 28, 2012

The Woman’s Building History: Eloise Klein Healy

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Eloise Klein Healy, Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita and founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles, is the author of six books of poetry. See also: eloisekleinhealy.com/
This video shown as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time 2011-2012: Doin' It in Public: Art and Feminism at the Woman's Building
Ben Maltz Gallery
October 1, 2011 — January 28, 2012

The Woman’s Building History: Feminist Art Workers with Cheri Gaulke

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Feminist Art Workers is a collaborative performance art group founded in 1976 by Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, Cheri Gaulke and Laurel Klick and later included Vanalyne Green.
Emerging from the educational programs at the Woman's Building in Los Angeles, Feminist Art Workers incorporated techniques of feminist education into participatory performance structures. They addressed issues of community (Heaven or Hell?), violence against women (This Ain't No Heavy Breathing and Traffic in Women: A Feminist Vehicle) and work (Bills of Rights). Their performances took place in places as varied as city streets (Pieta, Afloat), during protest rallies (Draw Your Own Conclusions: Know on 13), in buses and museums.
This video shown as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time 2011-2012: Doin' It in Public: Art and Feminism at the Woman's Building
Ben Maltz Gallery
October 1, 2011 — January 28, 2012

The Woman’s Building History: Gloria Feman Orenstein

The Woman’s Building History: Gloria Orenstein from JM Ven on Vimeo.

Gloria Feman Orenstein is Professor of Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at USC. She was the co-creator of The Woman's Salon for literature in NY in the seventies, and the author of several books. Her work has focused on "The Women of Surrealism," and she was the first to write on the that topic.
This video shown as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time 2011-2012: Doin' It in Public: Art and Feminism at the Woman's Building
Ben Maltz Gallery
October 1, 2011 — January 28, 2012

The Woman’s Building History: Great Lady Rising

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As told through photos and interviews with Cheri Gaulke, Leslie Labowitz, and Cheryl Swannack, this is the story of installing artist-in-residence Kate Millet's statue to the top of the Woman's Building in 1977.
This video was commissioned by Otis College of Art and Design for the exhibition "Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building" (1973-1991) in the Ben Maltz Gallery, October 1 January 28, 2012 and is part of an ongoing series of oral histories about the Woman's Building partially funded by the Getty Foundation.
The exhibition is part of a "Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A.1945-1980," an unprecedented collaboration of more than fifty cultural institutions across Southern California, which are coming together to tell the story of the birth of the LA art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.

The Woman’s Building History: Helene Ly

The Woman’s Building History: Helene Ly from JM Ven on Vimeo.

Helene Ly was born in Saigon of Chinese parents. While still a teenager, she moved by herself to Paris to study arts and architecture. After graduating from Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris, she immigrated to Los Angeles in 1980 and entered the Feminist Studio Workshop. The Woman's Building became her "window" into the feminist art community and also a significant threshold to enter the American life. She later studied Urban Design and Architecture at UCLA. After a 25 year career in the Los Angeles City Planning Department, Ly retired in 2010. Now she devotes herself to painting, video making and traveling. Her art is an exploration of "senso-pictorialism," the expression of human senses and a universal communication tool between people regardless of their races, cultures and educational levels.
web.me.com/helenelyatelier
This video was commissioned by Otis College of Art and Design for the exhibition "Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building" (1973-1991) in the Ben Maltz Gallery, October 1 January 28, 2012 and is part of an ongoing series of oral histories about the Woman's Building partially funded by the Getty Foundation.
The exhibition is part of a "Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A.1945-1980," an unprecedented collaboration of more than fifty cultural institutions across Southern California, which are coming together to tell the story of the birth of the LA art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.