Anat Ebgi Gallery has partnered with the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) to present an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Womanhouse, the groundbreaking art installation and performance space curated in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, co-founders of CalArts’ Feminist Art Program. The exhibition runs from Friday, Feb. 18 to Wednesday, April 2 in Los Angeles, near the original Womanhouse location.
In 1971, when the Institute’s Valencia campus was still under construction, Chicago, Schapiro, and their students took over an abandoned mansion in East Hollywood. There, artists were given rooms in which to create, and encouraged to exaggerate traditionally “feminine” domestic homemaking to fantastical proportions, while also testing societal limitations as both women and artists. When Womanhouse officially opened its doors in January 1972, it was recognized as the first public feminist art exhibition and positioned Los Angeles as the movement’s epicenter.
As the original exhibition paved the way for new subject matter, techniques, ideas, and ways of looking at art, this anniversary exhibition considers the larger practices of the Womanhouse artists and what they created before, during, and after the experience, including original works and photographs from the ‘70s.
The exhibition is organized by Anat Ebgi Gallery Senior Director Stefano Di Paola, and planned in collaboration with the participating artists and the Eric Firestone Gallery, Lyles & King, and Jessica Silverman galleries.