Artwork, administrative records, event records, financial records, promotional materials, and publications of the Woman’s
Building in Los Angeles from its founding in 1973 to its dissolution in 1991. The Woman’s Building was one of the nation’s
first nonprofit arts and educational centers dedicated to the development of women’s identity, sensibility, and creativity.
The founding of the Woman's Building in Los Angeles in 1973 was the culmination of several years of activity by women artists
who were energized by the feminist movement in this country. This activity included protests of major museums for their exclusion
of women artists, the opening of gallery spaces dedicated to the work of women, the founding of the first feminist art education
programs (in 1970, by Judy Chicago at Fresno State College and in 1971 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro at California Institute
of the Arts), and the first large scale public feminist art installation, Womanhouse. In 1973, artist Judy Chicago, graphic
designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven founded the first independent school for women artists,
the Feminist Studio Workshop. The FSW focused not only on the development of artmaking skills (in visual arts, writing, performance
art, video, graphic design and the printing arts), but also on the development of women's identity and sensibility, and the
translation of these elements into their artwork. Central to the founders' vision was the idea that the arts should not be
separated from other activities of the burgeoning women's community, and the three looked for a site for their school that
could also be shared with other organizations and enterprises.
24.1 Linear Feet
6 archive boxes, 5 flat archives boxes, 2 map case drawers, 1 archive carton
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