Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building, an exhibit exploring the work of feminist artists/designers and artist collectives at the Los Angeles Woman’s Building from 1973 through 1991, will be on view at the Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery in Westchester from Saturday, Oct. 1 through Jan. 28.

An opening reception is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Ben Maltz Gallery, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. The reception will include many of the artists who pioneered the feminist art movement in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

Artist Linda Vallejo will enact a collaborative opening ceremony that recalls the legacy of the Woman’s Building community. Her art performance will be followed by The Waitresses, a performance art group formed in 1977 by artists who were also waitresses, as well as graduates of the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman’s Building.

In addition, renowned feminist artist and Woman’s Building co-founder Judy Chicago will make an appearance and sign books at the reception.

Doin’ It in Public is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, a collaboration initiated by the Getty Foundation that brings together more than 60 cultural institutions from acrossSouthern California for six months beginning in October to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.

According to exhibit organizers, the feminist art movement of the 1970s set off an explosion of art-making and analysis that continues to reverberate in the art world today, and the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles was one of its epicenters.

Some of the artists featured in Doin’ It in Public are Miriam Schapiro, Faith Wilding, Betye Saar, and Suzanne Lacy.

The major focus of Doin’ It in Public is revealing the Woman’s Building’s emphasis on developing, teaching, and executing collaboration.

Otis College has organized multiple Doin’ It in Public programs and events, spanning four months.

The full events calendar can be viewed at:

www.otis.edu/public_programs/ben_maltz_gallery/wb_events.html.

Admission to the exhibit and parking are free.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Information, (310) 665-6905, or www.otis.edu/benmaltzgallery.

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