September 2011 Newsletter

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Thu, 09/01/2011 (All day)
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Fri, 09/30/2011 (All day)
September 2011 Newsletter
Sending a couple of clarifications -- Breaking in Two kickoff is Sunday 9/11 from 3 to 6 pm at Santa Monica Art Studios.  See below for details and also an updated President's Message as some text was accidentally deleted. 



I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Summer. It was lovely to see many of you at our Summer Social and thanks again to Karen Attkinson for her talk.


I write to you with mixed feelings, both mourning the loss of the amazing inspiration who was June Wayne, and celebrating what June worked so hard to shape, our Southern California art scene. This weekend marks the opening of many wonderful exhibitions and events around art, activism and the Getty's Pacific Standard Time initiative. Thanks to Karen Schifman for compiling this list of events for us and to our many members who have kept us posted about their part in PST and their upcoming exhibitions. I look forward to seeing you this Fall.    



60 cultural institutions celebrate the birth of the L.A. art scene  
Beatrice Wood: Large Cubist Plate, 1940.  
Beatrice Wood: Career Woman-Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects,  Opening includes lectures by Francis Naumann and Jenny Sorkin on 9/10.. RSVP to Santa Monica Museum of Art .  
"Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building" at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, several years in the making comprises an exhibition, two scholarly publications, and series of public events that document, contextualize and pay tribute to the groundbreaking work of feminist artists and art cooperatives in the 1970s and 1980s. Among the familiar women artists are Miriam Schapiro, Faith Wilding, Betye Saar, and Suzanne Lacy.  



Still Doin' It: Fanning the Flames of the Woman's Building - Oct. 15-16, 2011
Part symposium/convening/reunion, event  offers a dialogue between feminist artists then and now.
Locations: Otis College of Art and Design / Antioch University / Skirball Cultural Center.


Kristina Newhouse curated "She Accepts the Proposition: Six Women Gallerists and the Redefinition of Art in Los Angeles, 1967-1977" at The Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads School in Santa Monica.  Here Newhouse examines the important contribution of women art dealers  as supporters of nontraditional art practices. 10/01-11/23/11.
"Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970" at the Getty Center includes work by Judy Chicago, Betye Saar, Helen Lundeberg, Vija Celmins, Helen Pashgian.
"Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics 1945-1980" draws on Getty Research Institute's archives of photographs, ephemera, correspondence, and artworks that reveal how artists including Judy Chicago disseminated their works to a broad public  Both shows run 10/01/11-02/05/12.
"Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980" at the Hammer Museum will include works by Sister Karen Boccalero, Marie Johnson Calloway, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Suzanne Jackson, Virginia Jaramillo, Samella Lewis, Betye Saar, Ruth G. Waddy and many others. 10/02-1/06/12.
"Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement" at the UCLA Fowler Museum presents 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 SPARC. Judith Baca, Barbara Carrasco, Judithe Hernandez, Patssi Valdez, and Linda Vallejo, who used their art to "map" another Los Angeles, will be highlighted.  10/16/11-2/26/12.


Full list is online at  



Lifetime Achievement Awardee dies at age 93.  


"June Wayne founded the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1960. It became one of the most important focal points for a revival of printmaking in the United States. In her own work, Wayne always pushed the limits, constantly creating new techniques and forms. In her extraordinary 70 years as an artist, she has worked in print, painting, tapestry, and film. She was spurred on particularly by the feminist movement, which she anticipated to an extraordinary degree, and which validated her own career path. Her art was often stimulated by discoveries in modern science as well as by dramatic natural phenomena such as Tsunami waves. Her intellectual excitement has driven Wayne to remain one of the most innovative artists of the day. Wayne has also been a nationally respected spokesperson for artists' rights and freedom of speech. " - From the Brodsky Center that hosts the June Wayne Print Archives.  The LA Times obituary notice can be found online as well.  

BARBARA MARGOLIES work is included in the invitational Food 4 Thought exhibit in the Galleria at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Thru 10/10/11. 

JOANNE BEAULE RUGGLES has a solo show (image left) at the Foxworthy Gallery of Hancock College in Santa Maria is titled "Hanging by a Thread: Mother Earth in Peril".  Closing Reception & Artist Lecture on 9/28.  

CHERYL BOOKOUT co-curated  "Mysterious Objects. Portraits of Joan Quinn" at SANTA ANA COLLEGE MAIN ART GALLLERY. 9/10-11/1/11.   
FRANCE WHITE has work in the "Art in Pursuit of Social Change" from Peace Press Graphics at the University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach. 9/10 thru 12/10/11.   



LAUNA ROMOFF has work in the "FALL INTO COLLAGE" juried show at Chaffey College's museum.  Thru 9/25. 
A Wish for Peace by Debra Dobkin

MERRILYN DUZY has new work at La Galeria Gitana and the Art Renewal Center. Duzy and member JULIE KORNBLUM will participate in the VAST studio tour on 10/1-10/2.      


ADA PULLIINI BROWN and JEAN TOWGOOD will have their studio open during the Brewery Artwalk on 10/1-2.


Contact Ann Isolde for information on how to join the SCWCA registry. Please check out the new page for Debra Dobkin (image right).  


SCWCA EcoARTS group wil meet on Tuesday, 9/13 from 11 am - 2pm at Meg Madison's home in the La Brea / Hollywood area. Members share their ecological practices and artwork with one another.  Email for address and directions.  

"Words in Public Spaces": An Evening with Jenny Holzer at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. 9/20 at 7 pm.   


"Modern Art in Los Angeles-Women Curators in Los Angeles." Pioneering curators-Barbara Haskell, Jane Livingston, and Helene Winer will discuss their critical role in defining west coast art. Getty Center on Wed., 10/26/11 at 7 pm. Reservations needed. For reservations:       




JOANNE BEAULE RUGGLES offers "A Bottle of Ink, Wooden Dowel and Time" at Esalen n Big Sur, 10/23-10/28.       


KIM ABELES with SANDRA MUELLER will lead a hands-on "Pearls of Wisdom" workshop at the Skirball (in conjunction with the exhibition) on Sun. Oct. 16, 204 pm.   


Public Art Project - Painters needed!
Interested SCWCA members are invited to participate in
"Portraits of the Fallen Memorial," a public ribute to our fallen California soldiers from the current wars, curated by member SHERRY MOORE. She needs only 10 more portraits to reach her goal of 100 for a planned public monument. Each artist is matched  with a soldier in order to create a 5" x 5" portrait. Please email or call 310-980-1464 to participate.  Deadline is 10/1/11.    


The Sketchbook Project. Sign Up By 10/31.     
CAA Calls and Opportunities. Ongoing.     


WCA CALLS FOR ART - Deadline is 11/18, 2012      
Momentum, National WCA Exhibition @ 825 Gallery, Juror: Rita Gonzalez and Song of the Land, National WCA JWAN Exhibition @ HUC, Juror: Ruth Weisberg. Details online at Both shows run concurrent with the 2012 conference in Los Angeles, Feburary 23-25.        

WOMEN AROUND TOWN  by Karen Schifman, SEPTEMBER 2011


Suzanne Vielmetter Projects presents Kristin Calabrese's  "Back of my Face" expressive paintings, Monique van Genderen's large-scale paintings and installation and Mindy Shaperos sculptures and 2-D works that incorporate a multitude of historical references. Thru 9/27/11.

"Breaking in Two: Provocative Visions of Motherhood"
is an upcoming exhibition (Feb. 2012) curated by Bruria Finkle
and will be featured in a documentary film produced by Sabine Sighicelli. A kickoff fundraiser for this important exhibition with an interactive performance, speakers and a silent auction will take place this Sunday, Sept. 11th from 3-6 pm at Santa Monica Studios Arena One Gallery at the Santa Monica airport. Don't miss this wonderful event to support our fellow women artists including Kim Abeles, Lita Albuquerque, Cheri Gaulke, Betye Saar, Ruth Weisberg, June Wayne, Linda Vallejo, Sandra Mueller, Kim Yasuda and more. 


"Reflection" is an exhibition by young Japanese photographer, Tomoko Sawada at Rose Gallery. The artist transforms herself into dozens of different personae by subtle, almost imperceptible changes in the expressions of her face. Wonderful work that poses questions about self-identity.  


CK Lyons "Dead, Headless & Female" curated by Anna Meliksetian is showing at Gallery 3209 in Culver City. Lyons makes direct historical reference to significant paintings by Eduoard Manet, and responds with references to Warhol's Flower paintings as well.  The artist states, "I believe that the fundamentals of Surrealist ideology can play an important role in a contemporary dialogue that questions our current social and political culture, Thru 9/24/11. Saturdays 12-8 pm. or by appointment at 818-359-3788.   
"Julia Schlosser: Video Installation" at CSU Northridge's West Gallery features 3 life-size video projections that focus on the artist's cats as they maneuver in the domestic environment. Schlosser's poignant imagery provide an opportunity for us to examine the role of pets as "art-worthy" subject matter. Artists Reception: Friday, 9/9 thru 9/24/11.
The Armory Center for the Arts hosts "Bike It: Portraits of my Bicipandilla"featuring black-and-white photographic portraits, taken with a 4x5 camera, of riders by Kelly Marie Martin taken of her "bicipandilla," or bicycle gang.
"Karen Carson: La Condition Humaine" is a solo exhibition at Rosamund Felsen Gallery. "Carson continues to investigate how models of painting (and image making) align with models of subjectivity, taste, and criticism." (image left)


"Lisa Adams: Born This Way" at Offramp Gallery in Pasadena is an exhibit of 16 gouaches. Adams says: "The interesting thing about doing small work is that the ideas are no less potent but the body and time investment is, that is to say, the ideas travel faster in small work because the execution time is less. It's the best way I know to keep advancing one's vision, because these small gouache paintings are more than simply ideas of the thing-they are, in and of themselves, complete works of art, fully resolved both conceptually as well as visually." Reception: 9/11-10/9/11.


New paintings by artists Audra Weaser and Sharon Weiner are exhibited at Ruth Bachofner Gallery. "Deluge" is an exquisite series of abstract landscapes in which Weaser reinterprets scenes from nature as she imagines or recalls them.  "In Search of a Soft Landing" is a series of vibrant acrylic paintings that depict a deep space behind a smooth, glossy surface. 9/10-10/15/11.
Installation work by El Paso based artist Margarita Cabrera is featured at Walter Maciel Gallery in Culver City. These works are the result of several collaborative workshops with the participation of diverse volunteers that combine issues of contemporary art practices, indigenous Mexican folk art and craft traditions and US-Mexico relations. These projects have served as active explorations into fair working conditions and the  protection of immigrant rights.  Opening Reception: 9/10 thru 10/22/11.
"Thread" is a series of new oil paintings by Kimberly Brooks at Taylor de Cordoba Gallery. The artist explores portraiture, more specifically the representation of female identities. "The new paintings create a meta-narrative that contemplates "threads" that define, unite and separate us across different cultures and eras." Opening Reception: Sat. 9/10/11 thru 10/23/11.


Craft and Folk Art Museum will feature a career-spanning exhibition showcasing the work of legendary metalworker and enamellist June Schwarz. (Image below) 9/25/11-1/08/12.
Sculptures, installations, and photographic work by Sara Vanderbeek is one of the projects at the UCLA Hammer Museum. 9/10/11-1/08/12.      


"Posing Beauty in African American Culture" curated by Deborah Willis at the USC Fisher Museum of Art is a stunning exhibition of images that explore and challenge the ways in which African American beauty has been represented in both historical and contemporary contexts. "What does it mean to be 'beautiful'? There is no one answer," responds curator Deborah Willis of the Tisch School of the Arts. "Yet for the past century, photographers and their subjects have been challenging our answers to this question, and the results are revelatory."  Female photographers include Lauren Kelley and Sheila Pree Bright. Reception and panel discussion, 10/04/ thru 12/03/11.

 In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time, LACMA presents "Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987" which explores the work of East Los Angeles artists Harry Gamboa Jr., Gronk, Willie Herrón, and Patssi Valdez. Taking their name from the forceful Spanish word for disgust and nausea, Asco used performance, public art, and multimedia to respond to social and political turbulence. They remained active until the mid-80s, contracting and expanding to include Diane Gamboa, Sean Carrillo, Daniel J. Martinez, and Teddy Sandoval, among others. Thru 12/04/11.
"Beauty Culture" at the Annenberg Space for Photography, which is mainly filled with images of women almost exclusively photographed by men, also has works by Lauren Greenfield, Carrie Mae Weems, and Orlan are included to challenge our culture's ideas about beauty as well as Greenfield's documentary film. This exhibition merits a dialogue about the beauty industry and the representation of women in the media. Thru 11/27/11.

MOCA (Grand Avenue) continues with the works by Lynda Benglis from the 1970s to the present. A walk-through with curator Alma Ruiz on Thurs., 9/15. "The Personal is Political"  features Annette Messager, Catherine Opie, Hannah Wilke, Sherrie Levine, Adrian Pipe and others. Both shows run thru 10/10/11. Artist, writer, and filmmaker, Miranda July's "Eleven Heavy Things," a series of 11 sculptures that were first exhibited at the 2009 Venice Bienalle, is on view at MOCA's Pacific Design Center.  Thru 10/23/11.


"Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence" a collaboration between artist Kim Abeles and A Windows Between Worlds will be on view at the Skirball Cultural Center through February 2012. This exquisite and compelling installation addresses the vital social issue of domestic violence. Reception on Sun. 9/25 with Conversation at 3 pm (ticketed event) followed by a free walk-through with Abeles and AWBW founder Cathy Salser  at 4 pm.   


The Santa Monica Museum of Art features the work by the "Mama of Dada." "Beatrice Wood: career woman-drawings, paintings, vessels and objects" is one of the highlights of Pacific Standard Time and one of the few exhibits that pays tribute to a solo artist. Over 100 works of art spanning a 70-year period. Reception: Friday, 9/9/11.  Read the LA Times Review online.