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Creator:
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
de Bretteville, Sheila Levant  Search this
Chicago, Judy  Search this
Raven, Arlene  Search this
Feminist Studio Workshop  Search this
Women's Graphic Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
33.5 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
The records of the Woman's Building measure 33.5 linear feet and date from 1970 to 1992. The organization played a key role as an alternative space for women artists energized by the feminist movement in the 1970s. The records document the ways in which feminist theory shaped the Building's founding core mission and goals. During its eighteen year history, the Building served as an education center and a public gallery space for women artists in Los Angeles and southern California; the records reflect both functions of the Building's activities.
Citation:
Woman's Building records, 1970-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2019 and is available on the Archives of American Art website. Materials which have not been digitized include blank pages, blank versos of photographs, and duplicates. In some cases, exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages digitized. The printed materials series has not been digitized.
Funding:
Funding for the processing of the Woman's Building records was provided by the Getty Foundation. Funding for the digitization was provided by The Walton Family Foundation and Joyce F. Menschel, Vital Projects Fund, Inc.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art donated 5 boxes of video tape from the collection to the Long Beach Museum of Art, Video Annex in 1994. According to documentation, this was the desire of Sandra Golvin and the Board of Directors of the Woman's Building.
Among the other resources relating to the Woman's Building in the Archives of American Art is an oral history with Suzanne Lacy on March 16, 1990, March 24, 1990, and September 24, 1990. While not credited as a founding member, Lacy was among the first group of staff of the Woman's Building which she discusses in her interview.
Biography Note:
Woman's Building (founded 1972; closed 1991) was a feminist art organization in Los Angeles, Calif. Existed to provide support and opportunities for women artists.
Provenance:
Donated by Board of Directors for Woman's Building, through Sandra Golvin, 1991. Five boxes of video tape were transferred to the Long Beach Museum of Art, Video Annex, 1994. Additional set of posters donated 2019 by by ONE Archives at University of Southern California Libraries via Loni Shibuyama, Archives Librarian.
Digitization Note:
The Women's Building records were digitized in 2019 and total 56,567 images. Materials which have not been digitized include blank pages, blank versos of photographs, and duplicates. In some cases, exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages digitized. The printed materials series has not been digitized.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Feminism and art  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6347
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215074
AAA_collcode_womabuil
Theme:
Women
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215074