Join us on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 6pm for Womanhouse and WomEnhouse: A Twenty-Year Perspective on Feminism – a panel discussion with Annie Chu, Christina Magar, Pat Morton, and Paulette Singley (moderator) at Helms Design Center, 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA.
45 years ago, from January 30 to February 28, 1972, Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro organized a feminist art installation and performance space called Womanhouse, an outpost for CalArts located in an abandoned house at 533 N. Mariposa St. in Hollywood.
20 years ago a group of 24 female artists, architects, poets, art historians, and cultural theorists derived inspiration from Womanhouse in their design of a collaborative, multi-authored website that explores the politics of domesticity and gender relations through virtual “rooms” and conceptual domestic “spaces.”
WomEnhouse proposed that, just as the domestic sphere is no longer separated from the public world of capital, so too the “feminine” (and feminism) must expand into a cyberpolitics that addresses the multivalent vicissitudes of identity formation and domesticity at the turn of the millennium.
Founding members of WomEnhouse, Annie Chu, Christina Magar, and Pat Morton, will discuss the past, present, and future of the ideological and symbolic conflation of women and houses through the formative lens of this groundbreaking website.
With an estimated 750,000 people attending the Los Angeles Women’s March on January 21, 2017, and recent publications concerning the absence of women in architecture, questions surrounding female bodies in public space are as relevant to address on February 3rd as they were on January 30, 1972. Come and participate in this timely discussion!
Location: Helms Bakery, 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA