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: Jerri Allyn

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Jerri Allyn is a founding member of The Waitresses and Sisters Of Survival. She has received many grants for her work including from the New York State Council NEA. She directed programs at the Bronx Museum and has been on faculty at Otis and Pitzer College, among others.
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 December 3, 2011. This video 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," a Fall 2011 citywide initiative sponsored by the Getty Foundation. otis.edu/public_programs/ben_maltz_gallery/womansbuilding.html

The Woman’s Building History: Kirsten Grimstad & Susan Rennie

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These two groundbreaking feminists were co-editors of the book New Woman's Survival Catalog, an important publication that documented the organizing efforts of feminists across the country in the early 1970s. The went on to co-found the feminist journal, Chrysalis Magazine.
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," a Fall 2011 citywide initiative sponsored by the Getty Foundation.

The Woman’s Building History: The L.A. Women's Video Center

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The L.A. Women's Video Center, founded in 1976, was committed to making video production accessible to women artists. Through its productions about socially concerned video art, documentation of WB programs, the LAWVC was active in informing the public about women's issues and concerns.
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," a Fall 2011 citywide initiative sponsored by the Getty Foundation.

The Woman’s Building History: Leslie Labowitz

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Leslie Labowitz is a performance/installation artist best known for her collaboration with Suzanne Lacy from 1977-82 on their public performances on "violence against women." In '82, Labowitz started "Sproutime," an art/life project that has become a successful business. In 2006, she and Lacy created the "The Performing Archive," an ongoing feminist art project based on their collective archives. She hold an MFA from Otis.
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 December 3, 2011. This video 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," a Fall 2011 city-wide initiative sponsored by the Getty Foundation.

The Woman’s Building History: Linda Nishio

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Over the past 25 years, Nishio's diverse practice has included sculpture, photography, video, performance, printing, drawing and digital images. She worked as a designer at the Women's Graphic Center at the Woman's Building in the early 1980s and also served on the Board of Directors.
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," a Fall 2011 citywide initiative sponsored by the Getty Foundation.

The Woman’s Building History: Linda Vallejo

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Vallejo is a Los Angeles based artist whose work uses mixed media to explore issues of history, spirituality, nature and indigenous cultures. She was involved in the Woman's Building for many years in many capacities, including artist, teacher, curator, and board member.
See also: lindavallejo.com/
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," a Fall 2011 citywide initiative sponsored by the Getty Foundation.

The Woman’s Building History: Michele Kort

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Michele Kort has been a journalist for more than 25 years. She is currently Senior Editor of the iconic Ms. Magazine. Just after graduate school, Michele became one of the first managers of the Woman's Building in 1973.
See also: michelekort.com/
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," a Fall 2011 citywide initiative sponsored by the Getty Foundation.

The Woman’s Building History: Mother Art

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Mother Art was a collective of 8 women artists working on social and political issues, using performance, video, photography, installation and personal narratives. As mothers, they addressed issues that affect women and children. Included are: Deborah Krall, Christy Kruse, Helen Million, Laura Silagi, and Suzanne Siegel. They were active from 1973-1986.
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," a Fall 2011 citywide initiative sponsored by the Getty Foundation.