Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions
The exhibition will feature artworks that explore, expand and evaluate Feminist thought. CalArts students, faculty, and alumni in dialogue with feminist discourse, will be showcased in a gallery installation as well as two weeks of performances, readings, film screenings, and workshops.
Exhibition will take place in the Main, L-Shape, D-300 & D-301 Galleries
Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions is a student-organized project based at California Institute of the Arts that seeks to produce discourse around the questions and contexts of contemporary feminist practice in art and society. The project encompasses projects and workshops proposed by students from across the schools of CalArts, a curated exhibition of student, faculty, and alumni works addressing feminism, a feminist performance series, and a day-long symposium of panel discussions with guest artists, activists, and curators.
While, WACK! presents a survey of work up to 1980, Exquisite Acts brings feminist practice into the present. "We wanted to partner with MOCA to continue the conversation initiated by the WACK! exhibition," said Audrey Chan, student co-organizer of the Exquisite Acts symposium. "We formed a collaborative group to develop events that reflect the younger generation's desire to communicate with feminists of different eras and within the current CalArts community. The goal of the project is to understand our roles, as artists and citizens, in shaping the future of feminism."
CalArts played an influential role in the women's movement of the early 1970s. During that time, the Institute housed the unprecedented Feminist Art Program and Women's Design Program, which created the first large-scale public feminist art installation Womanhouse, in downtown Los Angeles, and published the influential anthology Anonymous Was a Woman. Other influences include the Feminist Art Workshop (FAWS) and the 1998 F-Word conference at CalArts.
CalArts will host a number of events, concurrent with WACK!, at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles. Programs include Where Did Our Love Go? -- a week-long series of classic and contemporary feminist film and video screenings curated by Bérénice Reynaud, a talk by activist artist and critic Martha Rosler, and a performance by legendary dancer and artist Yvonne Rainer. CalArts is also hosting Feminaissance, a conference on experimental women writers, at MOCA.
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Schedule for Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions: 2007 CalArts Feminist Art Project
Where Did Our Love Go?
Martha Rosler in Conversation
CalArts and other Los Angeles-based schools and organizations participating in feminist programming will list their events in the Calendar area of the Feminist Art Project website:
Camlab (Anna Mayer & Jemima Wyman)
Akina Cox with Cynthia Toffey,
Nancy Genn & Kara Toffey
Greg Curtis and Al Schulte
Anna Jones, Madison Metro,
Jade Thacker & Niko Solorio
Laida Lertxundi & Lucas Quigley
Kaari Upson & Miller Updegraff
Jo Ann Callis
Francesca N. Penzani
* former faculty
Amelia de Neergaard
Chris Diaz & Vivian Babuts
Trulee Grace Hall