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Witches Rising: A Ritual Performance for All Hallow's Eve

Monday, October 31, 2016

7–9 pm

Lesson: Anne and Cheri share their personal journeys into Feminist Wicca

7–7:45 pm

Ritual: Honoring our foremothers

7:45–9 pm

Artists Anne Gauldin and Cheri Gaulke host a special evening about witchcraft and personal empowerment through ritual.

About Anne Gauldin
Anne Gauldin is a feminist artist, graphic designer, business entrepreneur, and witch. She received her M.A. through the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Los Angeles Woman's Building -- exploring prehistoric archaeological sites in Western Europe and contemporary feminist art and education. Gauldin was a founding member of The Waitresses and Sisters Of Survival performance art collectives. She is interested in the intersection of personal ritual and public performance art. Gauldin is a member of Nemesis, L.A.'s oldest coven. She leads (for over 25 years) W.O.W., Wiccan Out Weekend camp out, an all-woman goddess spiritual retreat.

About Cheri Gaulke
Cheri Gaulke is a visual artist most known for her performance work and her involvement with the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman’s Building in southern California in the 1970s. Gaulke’s work embodies the desire to reveal human stories not visible within dominant culture. She was a founding member of the collaborative feminist performance art groups The Waitresses (1977-85) and Sisters Of Survival (1981-85). Her art continues to be a vehicle for social commentary bringing art to new audiences in non-traditional settings and involving communities as active participants. Gaulke has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the Brody Arts Fund. She has exhibited her work at the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y., the Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A., and in settings all over the world including busses, churches and prehistoric temples. She holds a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a MFA in Feminist Art/Education from Goddard College. She is a member of QueerWise, a writing and performing collective of LGBT folks over 50, where she has been developing various written works including memoir and fiction.

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: October 30
Opening of Beta Main
Later Event: November 2
Lesson by Simone Forti: On Movement