From the Archive
On View at the Getty Center: Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics 1950-1980
In the 1970s, Los Angeles became an epicenter of the feminist movement. One major reason for that was the Feminist Art Program that Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro had established at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1971, the first of the its kind in the nation. Because a new campus was still under construction, Chicago and Schapiro began by working with the students on Womanhouse, a project in which a dilapidated mansion in Hollywood was converted into a space for installations where the collaborators explored the myths and fantasies related to the home and feminine domesticity. In addition to being on view for a month in February 1972, Womanhouse hosted the West Coast Women Artists’ Conference, and thus was seen by feminist activists beyond Southern California.