Moira Roth is an art historian, writer and playwright, and holds the Trefethen Chair of Art History at Mills College in Oakland. Since the early 1970s she has been involved in performance history and feminism, and from the 1980s onward, she has worked cross-culturally, and internationally. Her first volume of collected essays, Difference/Indifference: Musings on Postmodernism, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, was published in 1998, and currently she is at work on her second volume, Traveling Companions/ Fractured Worlds. For the last ten years, in addition to two ongoing fictional narratives—about (1) Rachel Marker, a 110-year-old Czech Jew, and (2) The Library of Maps and its inhabitants—Roth has written a series of plays that have been produced in the US and elsewhere. Among them are Amaterasu, The Blind Woman and Hiroshima, and From Vietnam to Hollywood. Currently she is also the blogger for the 18th Biennale of Sydney: Moira Roth’s Gleanings.
Suzanne Lacy on the Feminist Program at Fresno State and CalArts by Moira Roth
In 1970, Suzanne Lacy was a second-year graduate student in psychology when she entered Fresno State's burgeoning Feminist Art Program. Her education, and ultimate career, charted new art territories that incorporated training in carpentry skills, consciousness raising, and an emotive feminist approach to conceptual strategies.