The Performing Archive: Restricted Access (2007)
Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz
2008, The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art and Politics
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA   
2008-2009, re.act.feminism: performance art of the 1960s & 70s today
Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

Launched in 2007 by Labowitz and Lacy, this installation was first exhibited in the studio of Lacy/ Labowitz at the 18th Street Art Center in Los Angeles. It consisted of over 50 white letter-sized file boxes containing archival photographs and ephemera from the 1970-decade archives of Lacy/ Labowitz and opened during the opening of Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Tucked into the boxes were 12 video monitors with individual young women interpreting for audiences the objects, papers and artifacts they uncovered by searching in the boxed archives. Thus the work framed the acts of inquiry, mythologizing, and interpretation that represent the transmission of feminist art history, through the observations of young women born during the decade in which some of the major works on violence against women by Lacy and Labowitz were presented. The installation also included vitrines of the archival data selected by the young women and a wall projection of women searching through the archives. 


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
18th Street Art Center (2007), Santa Monica, CA
The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art and Politics (2008), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), San Francisco, CA
re.act.feminism: performance art of the 1960s and 70s today (2008), Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany. 


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
le Duc, Aimee, "The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco," X-Tra Online, Volume 11 No. 2, Winter 2008
 

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