November 2011 Newsletter

Item Date: 
Tue, 11/01/2011 (All day)
End Date: 
Wed, 11/30/2011 - 11:59pm
November 2011 Newsletter

We are in for an exciting Fall-Winter season, with a plethora of programs and events, specifically exciting for our region are the Getty's Pacific Standard Time (PST) exhibitions, which have spanned over 60 cultural institutions focusing on recovering a historical record of art in Southern California. SCWCA is happy to have our organization's historical documents and to have many of our members and Lifetime Achievement Awardees included in this initiative. Please join us in supporting the institutions and exhibitions.

Please join our SCWCA members walkthru of Under the Big Black Sun: California Art, 1974-1981 on Sunday 11/13 at 1 pm at the MOCA GEFFEN, all are welcome (details below), and please save the date for the annual member meeting on 12/10 in conjunction with a walk-thru of Doin' It In Public Feminism and Art of the Women's Building. I would also like to wish a very happy birthday to the spectacular Rachel Rosenthal. Wishing you each a wonderful November ahead! 


"UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN" Walk-thru on Sun., 11/13@ 1pm! 

SCWCA members can join art historian /artist  Deborah Thomas and artist/educator Niku Kashef for this special walk-thru. Meet in the lobby of the Geffen MOCA at 12:50 pm. Museum entrance fees are not included. Event is free to members with a $10 suggested donation for nonmembers - please RSVP by Thursday.   




Pacific Standard Time Related Events and Offerings   


"Identity and Affirmation: Post War African-American Photography" is a PST event at Cal State CSUN from 10/23-12/23/11.   


"Mapping Another LA" symposium at the Fowler Museum is on Sunday, 11/6. 


SPEAK EASY, Rachel Rosenthal will read her 1979 performance piece My Brazil on the occasion of her 85th birthday at the Culver Events Center on 11/9 at 8 pm.  


LACMA partners with CAFAM and others to offer an "All Day Event Honoring California Design & Craft" symposium on Sat. 11/12 and presents "Chicanos and Counter Culture" discussion on Sun. 11/13. 


More details in the WAT column below with a full list online at  




We will host an all members meeting on Saturday, December 10th from 2 to 4 pm at Otis College of Art and Design. The afternoon will include networking, elections, a short business meeting and walk-thru of the exhibition "Doin It In Public" with short vignettes from members who are featured in this show.


Please contact SANDRA MUELLER to share your "Women's Building Stories." A separate enews will be sent with election details.    

Note that the public memorial service for artist luminary June Wayne will be held on Sunday, 11/6 at the Billy Wilder Theater in the Hammer Museum at 10:30 am. Open to the public.



MERRILYN DUZY and PATRICIA TERRELL-O'NEAL have work in the landmark WCA exhibition "Man as Object Reversing the Gaze" at SOMArts, San Francisco. Opens 11/5 with closing reception on 11/30.   


MARION MELCHIORRE is showing watercolors and oil paintings of her October 2011 travels to the Washington, DC area at the Arcadia Women's Club.  PENNY McELROY curated "Bookish" in the  

University of Redlands Art Gallery. Opens 11/16 with artist's talk @ 5:15 pm. Thru 12/10. 


SANDRA MUELLER has two tripytchs in the "It's Raining, It's Pouring: the global water crisis" show at Wiseman Gallery, Rogue Community College, thru 12/9. MARIONA BARKUS'  "Acid Rain" poster is featured in the "Posters for Peace & Justice 2012 Wall Calendar" available from Amber Lotus Publishing.  

Arielle Saturne, Brit Courtney, Amanda Courtney, Ann Isolde, Kesa Kivel, Jessica Czansky


SCWCA ARTISTS REGISTRY: Contact Ann Isolde  to join the SCWCA registry.


SCWCA EcoARTS group wil meet on on Thursday, Dec. 8th at MEG MADISON's home in the La Brea / Hollywood area with FRANCE WHITE facilitating. Members of this group share their ecological practices and artwork with one another. Open to all SCWCA members. 


ANN ISOLDE and KESA KIVEL met with 12 Loyola Marymount University students who created Womynhouse exhibition project on contemporary female experience at the Thomas P. Kelly Student Art Gallery for a "5 for 5" conversation on October 21.   


Send notices of your shows and member events to Be sure to include the url of the venue and all details in the text of the email. Images are shown on a space available basis - however, JPEG announcements will not be reproduced in the newsletter.      





Webinar: "Putting the Free In Freelance."  Nov. 14th at 7pm EST (4pm PST).     

CCI "Art of Persuasion" and "Time Management for Artists." Workshops.   


CALLS FOR ART:             

LAA Open Show 2011.  

CAA Calls and Opportunities. Ongoing.     

Song of the Land. JWAN Call.  By 11/18.   

Green.  Linus Galleries. By 11/21. 

SNAP TO GRID: LACDA. by 12/1.       

Anima.  California Arts Council. By 12/9.   


NATIONAL WCA CALLS FOR ART - Deadline is 11/18, 2011       


MOMENTUM, the national WCA Exhibition at 825 Gallery with LACMA Curator Rita Gonzalez as juror,  presents the art and ideas of intergenerational contemporary women artists and is part of the 40th Anniversary Celebration and 2012 l Conference that will take place from February 22-25 here in Los Angeles. Must submit online - click here for details. Deadline 11/18. 


Song of the Land, National WCA JWAN Exhibition at Hebrew Union College, Juror: Ruth Weisberg. Details online at Also runs concurrent with the 2012 conference. Reception on Thurs. 2/23. Must submit online - click here for details.  Deadline 11/18/ 


WCA Featured Artist Call. By 11/18.     

Please email one jpeg to using "Featured Member Competition" as the subject line and naming your JPEG with your member id number (for example: 0123456.jpg). Upon preliminary selection, members will be asked to submit 5 images for final selection. Image size 72 dpi not exceeding 500 pixels in any direction. 


VOTE for national WCA President-Elect! Read more about candidates Susan King and Brenda Oelbaum.

MOMENTUM: 40 Years of Art & Activism with WCA  - February 23-27
2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the WCA. Please make plans to join WCA members and friends from across the country for a diverse celebration that will include panels, speakers, exhibitions, bus tours, workshops, awards and a gala.

8 to 12 pm  WCA  40th Anniversary Opening Session, Westin Bonaventure Hotel
8 am - Chapters' Council Meet and Greet with Ulla Barr
9 am  - Hour of Activism: Another year with the YoungWC

10-12 - "From a Whisper to a Roar: An Intimate Dialogue, Moderator Linda Vallejo
Panelists: Margaret Alarcon, Nao Bustamante, Kathy Gallegos, Alma Lopez, Felicia Montes, Amitis Motevalli, Noni Olabisi, Patricia Rodriguez, Nancy Uyemura, Diana Shui-iu Wong, and Seeroon Yeretzian. Avenue 50 Studio will host a concurrent exhibition featuring artwork by the panelists.

1- 5pm  Caucus Meetings at Kyoto Hotel, Little Tokyo
1 pm Jewish Women Artists Network (JWAN)
2 pm Young Women's Caucus (YWC)
3 pm Eco-Arts Caucus
4 pm International Caucus 
5-7 pm JWAN exhibition 'Song of the Land' reception at Hebrew Union College

7:30 pm Film screening, Media Award & Reception at Democracy Center (JANM)
Media Award to filmmaker and feminist Lynn Hershman Leeson for of "! Women Art Revolution" .


9:30- 12 pm  "Multiplicities in Dialogue: From Political Caucus to Engaged Community" 
Chairs: Tanya Augsburg  and Deborah Thomas with the following paired panelists: Annie Sprinkler and Elizabeth Stephens; Yueh-mei Cheng and Karen Frostig; Judith Baca and Cathy Salser; Dena Muller,  and Jenny Yoo and Julie Orser and Carol Wells.

12:30-2 pm "40 Years Of WCA: Irregular Experiences and Multigenerational Stories of Feminists in Art"
Moderator: Diane Burko with panelists: Judith Brodsky, Ann Sutherland Harris and Muriel Magenta leaders from the founder's generation and  Dail Chambers, Anu Sud Hittle and Niku Kashef from today's leaders.

3-9 pm Bus Tour to LACMA and Momentum Opening at Gallery 825
 'In Wonderland' exhibition with gallery talk on Women Surrealists at LACMA and opening reception for 'Momentum' at Gallery 825. Dinner at LACMA.


7:45-10:15 Chapters' Council Forum, Japanese American National Museum

9-5 pm The Feminist Art Project Panels at MOCA (Grand Ave) with chairs Elana Mann and Audrey Chan
9:10  am  
Feminist Art Education: Renewal and Revision
10:40 am  Colleagues, Co-conspirators, and Partners: Perspectives from Feminist Men
12:40 pm  Tactics are the New Strategy
3:40  pm   Artist, Woman, Human: Feminism in Practice

6 pm Lifetime Achievement Awards Presentation, Kyoto Hotel 
Lifetime Awardees are Whitney Chadwick, Suzanne Lacy, Ferris Olin, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Bernice Steinbaum and  President's Art & Activism Awardees are Karen Mary Davalos and Cathy Salser.

8 pm Momentum Gala. Japanese American National Museum
WCA ticketed gala event will include a walk-around dinner with three food stations, open bar, an opportunity to meet the awardees, networking, and tours of the museum. Special Members rate available.

9:30-11 Brunch Meet-Up, Kyoto Hotel Dining room.

11:30-5pm - WCA Bus tour 'WOMAN AROUND TOWN' to visit four Pacific Standard Time Exhibitions
Beatrice Wood at Santa Monica Museum of Art, Breaking in Two: Provocative Visions of Motherhood at Arena 1 Gallery, Mapping Another L.A. at the Fowler Museum, UCLA and Doin' It in Public at the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis. (Local members can meet up at the venues).

Monday, February 27 WCA NATINAL WINTER BOARD MEETING at the Kyoto Hotel

Women Around Town by Karen Schifman - November/December 2011

We welcome SCWCA member and art historian, Katherine Zoraster as a contributor to the column this month with a review of the current exhibit at the Norton Simon Museum.


nsmSPOTLIGHT: "Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California" at the Norton Simon Museum,  Pasadena.


This exhibition with its panoramic view of prints produced in the Southland area between the 1950s to the 1980s and explores the renaissance of printmaking and the impact that it had on the development of Los Angeles as an artistic center. In particular, the foundation of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop is largely credited with the revival of printmaking in Southern California.  


Established in 1960 by the artist and printmaker June Wayne, the goal of the Workshop was to "create a pool of master artisan-printers in the United States." With a focus on collaboration between the artists and printers, the training emphasized experimentation and allowed artists to explore new methods and techniques.Through sponsored fellowships a wide array of artists were drawn to the Workshop and it became a forum for varied styles and encouraged the avant-garde. Changing the course of the history of printmaking, the work being done there presented a viable option of production to artists.  


Both the technical mastery and the experimental quality of Wayne's subject matter and technique can be seen in her At Last a Thousand I produced for the momentous occasion of Tamarind's 1000th print. Untitled, by Tamarind artist-fellow Louise Nevelson, displays her exploration of textural variations and fabrics while another artist-fellow, Miriam Schapiro, pays homage to Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, the history of printmaking, and to the woman as artist in her lithograph Shrine II.  


Other highlights include an example of Judy Chicago's experimentation with screenprinting with Flashback, version 2, the social commentary of Sister Corita Kent is on display with People Like Us and My People, and Ruth Weisberg's mastery of tonal gradations can be seen in Disparity. Although June Wayne is credited with the responsibility of revitalizing printmaking in Southern California, there are only a few of her works on display. In fact, the contributions of female artists are limited to a small percentage of the overall exhibition. However, the breadth and variety of the show exemplifies Wayne's encouragement of printmaking as a high art form.  The exhibition itself is widely eclectic as it strives to highlight the immense appeal of the printmaking process and its potential for experimentation.  

Katherine E. Zoraste



"Five Elements/One World" at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery at Barnsdall was curated by Avinger Nelson and juried by Peter Frank and Hideo Sakata.Thru 11/13/11.

"Attempts to stand on shifting currents" offers older sculptures and new photograms by Katie Grinnan at the Armory Center for the Arts, curated by Irene Tsatsos. Thru 01/22/12.

University Art Gallery at UC Irvine features Barbara T. Smith in "The Radicalization of a '50s Housewife." Thru 12/4/11.


Ruth Bachofner Gallery presents the paintings of Jane Park Wells in "Reflections" and watercolor ink drawings and paper installation of Margaret Griffith in "Local Intersections."   Griffith manipulates the grid form to create planes and spatial structures  that she translates into a three dimensional floor piece. Wells works within self-imposed grid systems, with a tribute to Korean and American cultural traditions in three large scale paintings that make reference to traditional Korean dance forms. Thru 11/19/11.


offramp"Susan Sironi: New ABCs: Altered Books and Collages" in her current exhibit at Offramp Gallery edits and cuts up books to create collages that address issues such as gender bias, consumerism, global warming and religious dogma. "Sironi reminds us that as technology advances, rapidly replacing paper and ink books with Kindles, Nooks and iPads, the quality of prior experience can still be appreciated, as in the simple experience of opening a book."  Thru 11/20/11.


"Stemma," a group exhibition at Craftswomanhouse in Pasadena was curated by Launa Bacon and Cindy Rehm, and features artists: Ursula Brookbank, Betsy Davis, Jessica Dolence, Park McArthur, Alyce Haliday McQueen, Angela Simione, Lisa Wiscombe and Liz Young. Open for receptions and by appointment. Opening on 11/11 or closing on 12/031 or email to make an appointment.   



lat"Red Time" at Roberts and Tilton gallery in Culver City is a site-specific retrospective installation by Betye Saar. from three periods: "In the Beginning" from 1960-1970, shows Saar's interest in metaphysics, the occult and magic; "Migration and Transformation" focuses on works with strong social and political content; and "Beyond Memory"incorporates the Euro-centric concepts of palmistry, phrenology and astrology alongside Afro-centric concepts of voodoo and shamanism. Read the review in the L.A. Times.  Thru 12/17/11.


hlPaintings by Chinese-born artist Hung Liu are featured  at Walter Maciel Gallery in Culver City.  "Dawn Blossoms Plucked at Dusk" references remembering one's youth, possibly from an elder's perspective. Her paintings and installations often address her heritage as well as the politically charged circumstances of growing up in the Mao regime.  Thru 12/20/11.  


Paintings, drawings and collages from 1990 to the present by Sue Williams will be exhibited at Regen Projects.  Abstract and lyrical, Williams offers a splendid oeuvre in this retrospective. Opening Reception: Thurs., 11/10. 11/10-12/22/11.


Ann Isolde"Doin' It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building" part of the Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time, is the exhibition at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design. Continues thru 1/28/12.


Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) presents  "Los Angeles Goes Live," to explore the histories and legacies of performance art in Southern California in the 1970s and early 80s. It will feature re-inventions of historical performances and new performative actions staged throughout the city. Artists involved include Cheri Gaulke, Liz Glynn, Denise Uyehara, Suzanne Lacy and others. Thru 01/29/12.


Ongoing Museum Exhibitions


"Posing Beauty in African American Culture," which was curated by Deborah Willis at the USC Fisher Museum of Art, is a stunning exhibition that explores and challengse the ways in which African American beauty has been represented in both historical and contemporary contexts. Among the female photographers whose work will be on view are Lauren Kelley and Sheila Pree Bright. Thru 12/03/11.


In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time, LACMA presents Asco. "Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987," which explores the work of East Los Angeles artists including Harry Gamboa Jr., Gronk, Willie Herrón, and Patssi Valdez. Thru 12/04/11.


"Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980" at the Hammer Museum includes work by Sister Karen Boccalero, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Suzanne Jackson, Virginia Jaramillo, Samella Lewis, Betye Saar, Ruth G. Waddy and many others.Thru 1/06/11.


 The Craft and Folk Art Museum features a career-spanning exhibition showcasing the work of legendary metalworker and enamellist June Schwarcz: "The Alchemy Ann Isoldeof Enamel Vessels from the Forest."  Thru 1/08/12.


"Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970" at the Getty Center underscores the impact of the artists working in Los Angeles. It includes work by Judy Chicago, Betye Saar, Helen Lundeberg, Vija Celmins, Helen Pashgian et al. Thru 2/05/12.


"Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement" at the UCLA Fowler Museum presents the diverse social networks among Chicano artist groups and art spaces in Los Angeles during the 1970s including Asco, Centro de Arte Público, Los Dos Streetscapers, Goez Art Studios and Gallery, Los Four, Mechicano Art Center, Plaza de la Raza, Self Help Graphics and Art, and SPARC. Artists, such as Judith Baca, Barbara Carrasco, Judithe Hernandez, Patssi Valdez, and Linda Vallejo, used their art to "map" another Los Angeles. A symposium is scheduled for Sunday, 11/6/11.  Thru 2/26/12.


"Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence" the extremely powerful and significant installation by Kim Abeles in collaboration with A Window Between Worlds that addresses the critical social issue of domestic violence continues on view at the Skirball Cultural Center.  Thru 02/26/12.


"Women Hold Up Half the Sky," an groundbreaking exhibition curated by Karina White at the Skirball Cultural Center was inspired by the bestselling book of the same title by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn that makes the worldwide oppression of women and girls as the human rights cause of our time. Stories of women from around the globe changing  their lives through education, economics, and self-determination are told through photographs, compelling graphics and visual art, immersive sound installations, and interactive gallery experiences. In celebrating the individual's role in being part of workable solutions and advocacy, Half the Sky is an uplifting call to action.Thru 3/11/12.


"Beatrice Wood: career woman-drawings, paintings, vessels and objects" is one of the  few Pacific Standard Time exhibits that pays tribute to a solo artist continues at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Thru 03/2/12.


Wishing you a wonderful art-filled holiday season! KJS