THREE WEEKS IN MAY
Los Angeles, CA., May 1977
THREE WEEKS IN MAY: Speaking Out On Rape, A Political Art Piece was created by Suzanne Lacy, the first in the series of large-scale public performances on violence against women. This work was the catalyst for the collaboration of Lacy and Labowitz leading to future production of like works under ARIADNE, extending its influence to Social Practice in the arts today.
The maps were the focus of activities that took place throughout the city during Three Weeks in May.
The two twenty-five foot yellow maps of the City of Los Angeles were installed in the City Mall, directly downstairs from the City Hall. On one, locations of rape reports received daily from the LA Police Department were marked, with a red-stenciled “RAPE.” To each actual reported incident, nine faint red “rape” demarcations were added. These represented the estimated number of assaults which are never reported. a second map revealed the names, phone numbers, and approximate locations of rape victims’ service centers, from hotlines to hospital emergency rooms.
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Lacy curated the participation of artists who played a big role throughout the three weeks,Artist joined forces with politicians and feminist activists to create the schedule of more than 30 events. City politicians called press conferences and attended opening and closing ceremonies. A rape speak-out, self defense demonstrations, and several lectures called attention to rape, violence in advertising and sexual abuse of children. Artists created a poster and several performance pieces that took place throughout the city – in the City Mall, in galleries, and private studios.
Performances By Artist
Suzanne Lacy + Melissa Hoffman + Phranc + Judith Loischild
Public Art Performances:
The Myths of Rape
All Men are Potential Rapists
She Who Would Fly
Barbara Smith + Cheri Gaulke
Anne Gauldin + Melissa Hoffman