WOMANHOUSE

1972/2022

February 18 - April 16, 2022

4859 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles

To celebrate the 50th anniversary and expand upon narratives surrounding the historic environmental art installation and performance space, we are pleased to present WOMANHOUSE. The exhibition will be on view at 4859 Fountain Avenue, February 18 – April 16, 2022. An opening reception will take place Friday, February 18 from 5-9pm, with performances at 7pm.

As the first female-centered art presentation of its kind, Womanhouse opened in January 1972 paving the way for new subject matter, new techniques, new ideas and a new way of looking at art. This exhibition examines the spirit of experimentation and collaboration that defined west coast Feminist Art and traces the period that immediately preceded and succeeded Womanhouse from 1970 to 1976. Tracing the narratives, origins, and legacy of this historic period through Fresno Feminist Art Program, Womanhouse, Womanspace, and The Woman’s Building allows for a multi-faceted conversation about the energy and trajectories that this period of art history unleashed.

Instead of recreating historic installation works, which could serve to retrench what is already known, this exhibition looks at the larger practices of these artists—what was made before, during, and coming out of this experience. Taking a cue from the original Womanhouse invitation there will not be an artist list. Instead throughout the exhibition, we will crowdsource the names of artists who were active during this period in order to produce a living archive and digital monument.

On view will be historic works alongside ephemera and photographs from the original Womanhouse installations that explore the roots of central core imagery, collaborative practices, and performance and costuming. The exhibition aims to situate Womanhouse within a larger conversation about this underhistoricized and productive experimental period of Southern California Feminist Art History.

Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) will serve as a cultural partner, led by Laura Hyatt, Executive Director and Hugo Cervantes, Curatorial Associate, they organized a dynamic performance and events series that will include restaging of historic performances, consciousness-raising sessions, and film screenings. These performances and events will include participants from the original Womanhouse alongside emerging artists in order to reimagine and complicate ideas relevant to our contemporary moment.

This exhibition is organized by Stefano Di Paola and Anat Ebgi Gallery and planned in close collaboration with the many participating artists as well as the following galleries: Eric Firestone Gallery, Lyles & King, and Jessica Silverman.

Past events and performances:

Friday, February 18
Gallery open 12 – 9 pm
Opening reception 5 – 9 pm

Performances begin at 7 pm
Lea’s Room by Karen LeCocq
Waiting by Holly Harrell

Saturday, February 19
Gallery open 12 – 8 pm
Zine launch of “Dream House,” collaborative zine project by Cindy Rehm, readings by Claressinka Anderson, Sarah Green, Jennifer Pilch, Jessica Dillon, and Karolina Lavergne. The readings will take place at 2:30 pm.

Sunday, February 20
Gallery open 12 – 8 pm

Saturday, March 5
Performances begin at 2pm

Waiting by Holly Harrell
Waiting With by Kayla Tange

Saturday, March 19
Performances begin at 4pm

Maintenance #1 by Karla Ekatherine Canseco
Maintenance #2 by Sebastian Hernandez
Maintenance #3 by Gabriela Ruiz

Sunday, April 3
Womanhouse Now: Films and Experimental Shorts
Hosted by Los Angeles Filmforum, LAND, and Anat Ebgi
Doors open 
1 pm, Screening starts 1:30 pm
Purchase tickets here: LA FILM FORUM

*Please note this event is being held at 2220 Arts + Archives*
2220 W. Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles

Saturday, April 9
Performances begin at 4pm

Cunt Cheerleaders:
Holly Harrell
Kayla Tange
Marka Maberry-Gaulke
Megan Rippey
Sebastian Hernandez

 

WOMANHOUSE

1972/2022

February 18 - April 16, 2022

EXHIBITION TEXT

PRESS

WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
WOMANHOUSE, 2022, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Mira Schor Goodbye CalArts, 1972 Gouache on paper 21 ¹⁄₂" x 29 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (54.61 x 74.93 cm) Inventory #MSC1002
Mira Schor Goodbye CalArts, 1972 Gouache on paper 21 ¹⁄₂" x 29 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (54.61 x 74.93 cm) Inventory #MSC1002
Nancy Youdelman Button Dress, 1972
Fabric, buttons, glue, wood clothes hanger, jolly glaze 54 x 22 x 3 inches / 137.2 x 55.9 x 7.6 cm
Vicki Hodgetts and Robin Weltsch "Breast" from Eggs to Breast Kitchen installation at Womanhouse, 1972
Mixed media 10 x 8 x 3 ¹⁄₂ inches / 25.4 x 20.3 x 8.9 cm
Miriam Schapiro Havana, 1976
Acrylic and collage on canvas 40 x 32 inches / 101.6 x 81.3 cm
Faith Wilding Leaf Goddess, 1976
Mixed media on paper, framed 41 ¹⁄₂ x 53 inches / 105.4 x 134.6 cm
Judy Chicago Woman with Orange Flares, 1972; from Women and Smoke, 2018
Archival pigment print 40 ¹⁄₂ x 30 ¹⁄₂ inches / 102.9 x 77.5 cm
Nancy Youdelman Leaves, A Self Portrait, 1973
Series of 6 color photographs, framed in Plexiglas 14 x 9 ¹⁄₂ inches / 35.6 x 24.1 cm (each)
30 inches x 33 inches / 76.2 x 83.8 cm (overall)
Judy Chicago Journal Study for Potent Pussy/Homage to Lamont, 1973
Prismacolor and graphite on paper 16 ¹⁄₂ x 13 ¹⁄₂ inches / 41.9 x 34.3 cm
Miriam Schapiro Patience, 1976
Acrylic and fabric on paper 36 x 27 ¹⁄₂ inches / 91.4 x 69.9 cm
Dori Atlantis and Nancy Youdelman Housewife Series: Mopping, 1971 Archival photograph, framed 12 ¹⁄₂ x 8 ¹⁄₂ inches / 31.8 x 21.6 cm
Dori Atlantis and Nancy Youdelman Housewife Series: Ironing, 1971 Archival photograph, framed 12 ¹⁄₂ x 8 ¹⁄₂ inches / 31.8 x 21.6 cm
Dori Atlantis and Nancy Youdelman Housewife Series: Resting, 1971 Archival photograph, framed 12 ¹⁄₂ x 8 ¹⁄₂ inches / 31.8 x 21.6 cm
Dori Atlantis and Nancy Youdelman Housewife Series: Mending, 1971 Archival photograph, framed 12 ¹⁄₂ x 8 ¹⁄₂ inches / 31.8 x 21.6 cm
Karen LeCocq Nine Pink Lipstick Domes In White Eyelet Dresses Wondering When They Will Be Old Enough To Wear Lipstick And When They Will Be Asked To Dance, 1972
Mixed media 35 x 30 x 30 inches / 88.9 x 76.2 x 76.2 cm
Judy Chicago Smoke Bodies, 1972; from Women and Smoke, 2018
Archival pigment print 40 ¹⁄₂ x 40 ¹⁄₂ inches / 102.9 x 102.9 cm
Betye Saar A Siege of Sirens, 1966
Lithograph on paper 20 x 15 inches / 50.8 x 38.1 cm
Mira Schor Interior with the Moon, 1971
Gouache on paper (Provincetown) 9 ³⁄₄ x 14 inches / 24.8 x 35.6 cm
Faith Wilding Flesh petals, 1971
Graphite on paper, framed 42 x 27 ³⁄₄ inches / 106.7 x 70.5 cm
Faith Wilding Flesh petals, 1971
Detail
Shawnee Wollenman Dressing, 1972 Video, sound Duration: 12 mins, 43 secs Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP Inventory #SHW1001.01
Original documentation of Beth Bachenheimer Stocking, 1972
Laminated nylon stocking (length) 37 ¹⁄₂ inches / 95.6 cm
Mira Schor The Two Miras, 1973
Gouache on Arches paper (CalArts) 22 x 30 inches / 55.9 x 76.2 cm
Gloria Bohanon Lady Muse #3 Goin to Kansas City, 1990
Mixed media 24 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm
Nancy Youdelman and Dori Atlantis Kewpie Doll, 1971
Photograph 42 ¹⁄₂ x 28 ¹⁄₂ inches / 108 x 72.4 cm
Nancy Youdelman and Dori Atlantis Bride, 1971
Photograph 42 ¹⁄₂ x 28 ¹⁄₂ inches / 108 x 72.4 cm
Original WOMANHOUSE Doily Invitation, 1972 Paper doily, embossed
Courtesy the collection of Karen LeCocq
Karen LeCocq Feather Cunt, 1971
Mixed media 6 x 9 x 9 inches / 15.2 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm
Miriam Schapiro Souvenirs, 1976
Acrylic and collage on canvas 40 x 30 inches / 101.6 x 76.2 cm
Karen LeCocq Leah's Room Performance Objects, 1972
Vanity, antique objects Dimensions variable
Robin Mitchell Burst Seed, 1984
Pastel on paper, framed 30 x 40 inches / 76.2 x 101.6 cm
Robin Mitchell, Womanhouse documentation, 1972
Photograph, 11 x 8 ¹⁄₂ inches / 27.9 x 21.6 cm
Robin Mitchell, Womanhouse documentation, 1972
Photograph, 11 x 8 ¹⁄₂ inches / 27.9 x 21.6 cm
Gloria Bohanon The Angel Is You: The Frustration Factor, circa 1998
Mixed media on board 20 ¹⁄₄ x 20 ¹⁄₄ inches / 51.4 x 51.4 cm
Mira Schor Romance, 1973
Mixed media on paper (CalArts) 20 x 25 ³⁄₄ inches / 50.8 x 65.4 cm
Faith Wilding Leaf Goddess: Snake Cactus, 1976
Mixed media on paper, framed 41 ¹⁄₂ x 53 inches / 105.4 x 134.6 cm
Karen LeCocq Sea Plant Seven
Resin, wood, chenille, plexiglass 8 x 8 x 9 inches / 20.3 x 20.3 x 22.9 cm
Judy Chicago Red Flag, 1971
Photo-lithograph 20 x 24 inches / 50.8 x 61 cm, Edition of 94
Judy Chicago Goddess with Flares, 1972; from Women and Smoke, 2018
Archival pigment print 30 ¹⁄₂ x 40 ¹⁄₂ inches / 77.5 x 102.9 cm
Nancy Youdelman and Dori Atlantis Las Vegas Whore, 1971
Photograph 42 ¹⁄₂ x 28 ¹⁄₂ inches / 108 x 72.4 cm
Shawnee Wollenman Let Me Tell You About The Hillside Strangler, 1983
Mixed media on paper, framed 20 x 24 inches / 50.8 x 61 cm
Judy Chicago Potent Pussy / Homage to Lamont 1, 1973
Lithograph on rice paper 14 x 14 inches / 35.6 x 35.6 cm
Judy Chicago Potent Pussy / Homage to Lamont 2, 1973
Lithograph on rice paper 14 x 14 inches / 35.6 x 35.6 cm
Judy Chicago Potent Pussy / Homage to Lamont 3, 1973
Lithograph on rice paper 14 x 14 inches / 35.6 x 35.6 cm

EXHIBITION TEXT

To celebrate the 50th anniversary and expand upon narratives surrounding the historic environmental art installation and performance space, we are pleased to present WOMANHOUSE. The exhibition will be on view at 4859 Fountain Avenue, February 18 – April 16, 2022. An opening reception will take place Friday, February 18 from 5-9pm, with performances at 7pm.

As the first female-centered art presentation of its kind, Womanhouse opened in January 1972 paving the way for new subject matter, new techniques, new ideas and a new way of looking at art. This exhibition examines the spirit of experimentation and collaboration that defined west coast Feminist Art and traces the period that immediately preceded and succeeded Womanhouse from 1970 to 1976. Tracing the narratives, origins, and legacy of this historic period through Fresno Feminist Art Program, Womanhouse, Womanspace, and The Woman’s Building allows for a multi-faceted conversation about the energy and trajectories that this period of art history unleashed.

Instead of recreating historic installation works, which could serve to retrench what is already known, this exhibition looks at the larger practices of these artists—what was made before, during, and coming out of this experience. Taking a cue from the original Womanhouse invitation there will not be an artist list. Instead throughout the exhibition, we will crowdsource the names of artists who were active during this period in order to produce a living archive and digital monument.

On view will be historic works alongside ephemera and photographs from the original Womanhouse installations that explore the roots of central core imagery, collaborative practices, and performance and costuming. The exhibition aims to situate Womanhouse within a larger conversation about this underhistoricized and productive experimental period of Southern California Feminist Art History.

Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) will serve as a cultural partner, led by Laura Hyatt, Executive Director and Hugo Cervantes, Curatorial Associate, they organized a dynamic performance and events series that will include restaging of historic performances, consciousness-raising sessions, and film screenings. These performances and events will include participants from the original Womanhouse alongside emerging artists in order to reimagine and complicate ideas relevant to our contemporary moment.

This exhibition is organized by Stefano Di Paola and Anat Ebgi Gallery and planned in close collaboration with the many participating artists as well as the following galleries: Eric Firestone Gallery, Lyles & King, and Jessica Silverman.

Past events and performances:

Friday, February 18
Gallery open 12 – 9 pm
Opening reception 5 – 9 pm

Performances begin at 7 pm
Lea’s Room by Karen LeCocq
Waiting by Holly Harrell

Saturday, February 19
Gallery open 12 – 8 pm
Zine launch of “Dream House,” collaborative zine project by Cindy Rehm, readings by Claressinka Anderson, Sarah Green, Jennifer Pilch, Jessica Dillon, and Karolina Lavergne. The readings will take place at 2:30 pm.

Sunday, February 20
Gallery open 12 – 8 pm

Saturday, March 5
Performances begin at 2pm

Waiting by Holly Harrell
Waiting With by Kayla Tange

Saturday, March 19
Performances begin at 4pm

Maintenance #1 by Karla Ekatherine Canseco
Maintenance #2 by Sebastian Hernandez
Maintenance #3 by Gabriela Ruiz

Sunday, April 3
Womanhouse Now: Films and Experimental Shorts
Hosted by Los Angeles Filmforum, LAND, and Anat Ebgi
Doors open 
1 pm, Screening starts 1:30 pm
Purchase tickets here: LA FILM FORUM

*Please note this event is being held at 2220 Arts + Archives*
2220 W. Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles

Saturday, April 9
Performances begin at 4pm

Cunt Cheerleaders:
Holly Harrell
Kayla Tange
Marka Maberry-Gaulke
Megan Rippey
Sebastian Hernandez