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Description
The Los Angeles Woman's Building was established in 1973 by artist Judy Chicago, designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven. The Woman's Building was a center for women's art education and a facility for women's groups and organizations. During its time, the Woman's Building played a key role in the field of feminist art and arts education. Materials in the collection offer a comprehensive overview of the activities of the Woman's Building from 1973 to 1991, and document the organization's post-1991 projects. Materials were collected by Sue Maberry during her time as an artist and administrator of the Woman's Building and later as Director of Library and Instructional Technologies at Otis College of Art and Design. Materials consist of printed ephemera and photographic material related to educational programs, exhibitions, performances, events, and various collaborative projects. Included are administrative files, artist files, publications, correspondence, project files, audio and video recordings, and digital files produced for various projects. The collection also contains material documenting the Doin' It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building exhibition held at Otis College of Art and Design in 2011-2012.
Background
The Los Angeles Woman's Building was established in 1973 as a center for educational programs for women artists and a facility for women's groups and organizations. Founded by artist Judy Chicago, designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven, the Woman's Building was the realization of the founders' vision to provide a space where art and activities of the women's community could intersect. During its time, the Woman's Building played a key role in the field of feminist art and arts education.
Extent
58 Linear Feet (131 boxes, 15 flatfile folders. Computer media: 711.7 GB [10,008 files], 12 unprocessed floppy disks, 3 unprocessed compact discs, 3 unprocessed computer chips, and 1 unprocessed zip disk)
Restrictions
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Availability
Open for use by qualified researchers. Born digital content will be made available on-site only, through the digital preservation repository. Born digital content and audiovisual materials are unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.