Back to THE HISTORY OF THE FUTUREFall 1999/ Winter 2000

Friday, November 19, 1999 Feminism :
Ilona Granet, "Rape"; Kim Irwin / Jody Oberfelder, " X-Cheerleaders"; Moe Angelos and Peg Healey, "Dreamworld"; Kriota Willberg, "Doggie Style."

The Feminist performance artists of the late 60s and early 70s helped to chop a clearing in the mostly white male artscape. Lucy Lippard ceased to write about men, devoting herself for a number of years to organizing and proselytising on behalf of women. The Women's Building was founded in Los Angeles. The great pioneers Carolee Schneemann, Barbara Smith, Eleanor Antin, Rachel Rosenthal, Yvonne Rainer presented sexuality, political and quotidian concerns (this is done all the time now but it was not done at the time); and Suzanne Lacy, Leslie Labowitz, Linda Montano, Susan Mogul, Jerri Allyn, Martha Rosler, Cheri Gaulke--and this was just in Los Angeles--expanded upon Feminist theory and practice as solo artists in as well as in groups comprised of some of the same artists, such as the Feminist Art Workers and the Waitresses. The most horrible dismissal one could dish out in the 70s was that your work was "personal and self-indulgent." So the Feminists turned this notion on its head and came up with the idea that the personal is political, a concept that has shaped the last portion of the 20th century.


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