YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE IT UNLESS YOU WERE THERE: The Challenges of the Feminist Experience, 1969-1975

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YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE IT UNLESS YOU WERE THERE: The Challenges of the Feminist Experience, 1969-1975

825 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
May 19th, 2007 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Artist talk
west hollywood/b.h.
Tues-Sat 10-5
$20 general admission, $10 member rate


Join us for a panel discussion with four ground-breaking artists whose work responded to the rise of feminism in the late 1960s. Barbara T. Smith will moderate a discussion with fellow artist-pioneers Jacki Apple, Nancy Buchanan, and Cheri Gaulke, sharing their personal histories within the feminist movement, and their work that made history as a result. Adding depth and context to the current surveys of feminist art now on display, these artists will share anecdotes and artwork that recount the roots and lasting impact of the women's movement.

When:             Saturday, May 19th, 2007, 11a- 1p 

Location:        Gallery 825: 825 N. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA  90069 

Cost:               $20 general admission, $10 member rate

                        Limited space available. Please call 310.652.8272 to RSVP

                        Reservations with advance payment are required


Barbara T. Smith is one of the pioneers of performance art.  Trained as a visual artist, Smith began her body-oriented work in 1965. By 1968 she was creating powerful transformational performances and has continued to the present. The work often externalizes her inner psychic material in mythic rituals, based on issues of gender, spirituality, sexuality and is integrated with larger cosmic laws and structures. Many pieces are intimate, personal and participatory often extending over many days. Smith has been an activist and organizer whose art reflects the concerns of women and the environment. She received her B.A. from Pomona College and her MFA from U.C. Irvine in 1971. She has received three NEA awards, was awarded a Vesta award from the Women's Building in 1983 and a National Honors award from the Women's Caucus for art in 1999. Smith has performed throughout the US and abroad and has taught and given lectures at universities and art institutions around the world. Her work may currently be seen in WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at MOCA and was also in Multiple Vantage Point at Barnsdall Municipal Gallery.


Jacki Apple: Visual, performance, & media artist, audio composer, writer, and producer Jacki Apple’s work has encompassed a wide range of media and has been performed, exhibited, & broadcast internationally for nearly four decades.Her early feminist work in the 1970s included conceptual works, and multimedia installations using photos, text, and objects, bookworks, sculptural pieces with sound, plus performance and film. In the 1980s she produced large scale collaborative performance works, and was an innovator in radio art. In the 1990s she created site specific installations, the on-going photographic series ghost.dances, and sound works with a focus on ecological and environmental issues.  Since 1997 she has received five public art commissions from Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. In addition she has published over 200 critical essays & reviews on time-based arts. A Professor at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, and a member of the Faculty Council 2000-2006, she is currently the Director of the new Office of Faculty Affairs. Her latest project is an on-going art website archiving her life's work. see 


Nancy Buchanan began using video as a natural extension of performance and installation in the late 1970s. Her works, which are often socio-documentary with a wry sense of humor, have been exhibited and screened in the U.S., Europe, and Korea, including the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the New Museum (NY), The Centre Pomidou, Paris, the American Center in Paris, Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), and Steirischer Herbst, (Graz, Austria). She received four NEA Artist Fellowships to support her work in New Genres, Performance, and Video. In 1996 she received a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for Interactive Media. Productions include Developing: The Idea of Home, an interactive CD-ROM examining the notion of “home” in the context of the politics of land use, and video-sculpture installation pieces. She is on the Film/Video faculty of California Institute of the Arts, where she has taught video since 1988. She also produces mixed-media work, drawings, and digital prints on paper and fabric. She was also a co-founder and producer of CLOSE Radio with artist Paul McCarthyand has curated various exhibitions.


Cheri Gaulke considers herself a product of the feminist art programs at The Woman's Building, where she began studying and working in the 1970s.   She focused on performance art from 1974-1992, addressing themes such as the body, religion, fashion, eroticism, and the environment. She also makes installations, single and multiple channel video works, and artists' books and has exhibited in spaces as wide-ranging as the Museum of Contemporary Art and prehistoric temples in Malta. She received an NEA fellowship in 1983 and more recently in 2004-05, a COLA mid-career fellowship from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.   Since 1993, she has been working primarily in the field of public art, having completed projects for a metro station, a library, city hall, permanent street medallions, and a Filipino World War II Veterans Memorial. She teaches at Video Art at Harvard-Westlake, a private high school where her students' work has received numerous awards.