ARIADNE:

SUZANNE LACY + LESLIE LABOWITZ + CLAUDIA KING

FROM REVERENCE TO
RAPE TO RESPECT

Las Vegas NV., April 1978

 
 

For 10 days in April 1978, ARIADNE in an extended art performance took on the pervasive culture of rape and abuse against women in Vegas. The number of reported rapes is almost double than the US average. The infamous “Sin City” proudly markets the gratuitous use and sale of women’s bodies that significantly contribute to the Vegas economy. In advertisements all over the city, women are a commodity made up of showgirls, strippers and prostitutes including trafficked women and children readily available for the right price. 

 
 

Las Vegas Today

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   Leslie Labowitz performance  Myths About Rape , press conference.

 Leslie Labowitz performance Myths About Rape, press conference.

Lacy and Labowitz with Claudia King, art history professor at University of Las Vegas (UNLV), produced this performance project collaboratively. Modeled on Lacy’s iconic Three Weeks In May in LA, From Reverence to Rape to Respect was a 10 day extended performance that was both a public educational campaign extending over the entire city and a private study of the underlying issues of rape and sexual assault through Art Performance, Political Action and Academic Discussion.

 
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Contemporary facts are incorporated throughout From Reverence To Rape To Respect to highlight that Las Vegas is a hub for sexual assault against women - juxtaposing the past work of 1977 to the present reality.

Performances by Artists

Press Conference

Leslie Labowitz
Myths of Rape

Margo St. James
Conference

 Feminist Art Workers
Traffic in Women

Suzanne Lacy
Voices In The Desert

Kathy Kauffman
Proof Positive

Nancy Buchanan
Deer, Dear

Leslie Labowitz
Breaking the Silence

Self Defense + Conversations

 

Las Vegas 1977

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