Posts tagged Feminist Art Program
A CalArts Story by Thomas Lawson
To outsiders the place looked like a hippie colony, a place full of longhairs and dogs, children running free, and hand-held video cameras recording it all. Inside, it was a place of possibility. Although there were recognizable classes, the motivating idea was to create more informal spaces where artist teachers and their students discussed ideas and developed projects, most outside the traditional frameworks of art-making, projects that aimed to question the very institutional construction of art itself.
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.
A Grand Melee of Radical Procedures: Miriam Schapiro on CalArts and the Feminist Art Program by Ruth Bowman
In this interview, Miriam Schapiro describes her discovery of a new, more engaged way of teaching when she moved to Southern California from New York, and how that was inspired by what she witnessed visiting Judy Chicago’s class at Fresno State. This meeting led to the two artists collaborating on the Feminist Art Program at CalArts, and Schapiro discusses the program and describes some of the student projects, including Womanhouse and Anonymous Was a Woman. She then discusses her return to New York and her role in establishing the feminist art journal Heresies.
From Mary Poppins to Easy Rider: Paul Brach on CalArts by Barry Schwartz
Paul Brach was a painter from New York hired to be the founding dean of the art school at CalArts. In this interview, he discusses his earlier career in New York in the 1950s and early ’60s, as well as his move to California in the late ’60s. He discusses his own inability to make more politically relevant work at a time of social unrest but admires the experiment his wife, Miriam Schapiro, had begun, along with Judy Chicago—the creation of the Feminist Art Program within the school. He also has some interesting thoughts—good and bad—on artists who teach.
Lloyd Hamrol Remembers CalArts by Audrey Chan
In 1973, artist Lloyd Hamrol and a group of students constructed Woven Cone, a teepee shaped rope sculpture, on a rise overlooking the rear parking area of the CalArts campus in Valencia, CA. The piece stood there as an iconic presence until this past summer, when it was dismantled following the discovery of a severe termite infestation. Hamrol came to the campus to remember his experiences...