Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz (Los Angeles 1978-1980)
Ariadne: A Social Art Network was designed to have a minimal administrative structure and a loose and fluid membership. It included women artists who had worked with Lacy and Labowitz in a series of performances, supporters within city government, media reporters, and women who had emerged from the audiences who wanted to participate.
Activities were organized under three concepts: Education, including classes at the Woman’s Building in political performance and media workshops and lectures; Vision and Theory, composed of member’s writings on political art and violence, open forums on relevant topics, and special events ofa critical or theoretical nature; and the Projects themselves, both Lacy and Labowitz’ and those of other artists in the community.
Ariadne was viable for a year and a half, sponsoring several
community dialogues—including a well publicized screening
of the movie “Hardcore” at Columbia Studios, co-sponsored
by California Advocates for Trollops, where feminists could express
their perceptions and analysis of the film to reporters. An apprenticeship
class at the Feminist Studio Workshop created the Take Back
the Night Float for the San Francisco March National Perspectives
on Pornography conference. Projects and exhibitions, including the
Incest Awareness Project by Labowitz, Bia Lowe, __________and
Issue, an exhibition by Lucy Lippard at the ICA in London,
continued under the auspices of Ariadne until the end of