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On Friendship and Feminism

Sunday, November 6, 2016

3–5 pm

Andrea Bowers, Micol Hebron, Leslie Labowitz-Starus, and Suzanne Lacy discuss collaboration, art-making as a woman and the politics of women’s friendship.

About Micol Hebron
Micol Hebron is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes studio work, curating, writing, social media, crowd sourcing, teaching, and public speaking. She has been engaged in individual and collaborative projects in Los Angeles since 1992. Hebron is an Associate Professor of Art at Chapman University; the founder/director of The Situation Room, a resource space for the creative community (in Eagle Rock, CA); the Gallery Tally Poster Project about gender equity in contemporary galleries; and the Digital Pasty/ Gender Equity initiative for the internet. Previously, she has been the Chief Curator at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art; the director of the UCLA Summer Art Institute; an editorial board member at X-Tra magazine; an independent curator; a conservator at LACMA, and the co-founder of Gallery B-12 in Hollywood in the 90s. She has served on advisory boards at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Birch Creek Ranch Residency (Utah), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and UCLA. She is the founder of the LA Art Girls and the Co-Founder of Fontbron Academy. She employs strategies of consciousness-raising, collaboration, generosity, play, and participation to support and further feminist dialogues in art and life. Hebron has presented exhibitions, performances, and lectures at numerous international institutions.

Leslie Labowitz-Starus
Leslie Labowitz-Starus is a Los Angeles performance artist and entrepreneur. From 1977 to 1980, Labowitz-Starus and Suzanne Lacy collaborated on a series of large-scale activist performances that took place in public settings. Together they founded Ariadne: A Social Art Network, a support system for women artists. In 1980, Labowitz began a durational performance called SPROUTIME. Over 30 years this work has taken forms that include an Urban Farm, an organic food business and installations that juxtapose her personal healing as a child of a holocaust survivor, food production and economics. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Hammer Museum and has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Getty Museum.

Beta Main’s first commissioned project, Performance Lessons: Suzanne Lacy Teaches Andrea Bowers Performance Art, centers on the profoundly influential trajectory of performance art in California between 1968-1980, reanimating and contextualizing this rich artistic history through durational performance, conversations with practitioners and theorists and inquiry on politics and pedagogy.

Performance Lessons follows the artists’ durational installation at The Drawing Center in New York in 2014, where Andrea Bowers taught Suzanne Lacy how to draw. Using the practice Lacy was foundational in forming, roles are reversed this time and Lacy teaches Bowers how to do performance art. For ten days, the pair will live in Beta Main while Bowers is assigned lessons, develops performances, and undergoes the formal critique process art students endure as part of their education. The lessons, taught by Lacy and other renowned artists, will be free and open to the public.

Earlier Event: November 4
On Archiving Performance
Later Event: November 7
Are Feminists Funny?