the Woman's Building

1973 - 1991

The feminist art movement of the 1970s set off an explosion of artmaking and analysis that still reverberates in the art world today, and the Woman's Building in Los Angeles was one of the major centers of activity. Founded by Judy Chicago, Sheila de Bretteville and Arlene Raven in 1973 the Woman's Building organized, sponsored and fostered numerous programs, activities, and artists' groups. Educational programs included classes in visual arts, graphic design and the printing arts, performance art, video and literary arts.

Through this site, you will find out more about its history, programs, projects, and the women behind the vision

Feminist Art Workers


Feminist Art Workers is a collaborative performance art group founded in 1976 by Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, Cheri Gaulke and Laurel Klick. Compton left the group shortly thereafter and Vanalyne Green joined in 1978. Emerging from the educational programs at the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles, Feminist Art Workers incorporated techniques of feminist education into participatory performance structures.  They addressed issues of community (Heaven or Hell?), violence against women (This Ain’t No Heavy Breathing and Traffic in Women: A Feminist Vehicle) and work (Bills of Rights). Their performances took place in locations as varied as city streets (Pieta, Afloat), during protest rallies (Draw Your Own Conclusions: Know on 13), in coffee houses, art galleries and museums.


The Feminist Art Project

A portal to unique educational resources that utilize feminist art practice, theory, and history to enrich learning and empower students, youth, and adults to use critical thinking and build self-esteem.

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