Lesbian Art Project

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Lesbian Art Project (1977 – 1979) was a participatory art movement founded by Terry Wolverton and Arlene Raven at the Woman's Building in Los Angeles.[1] The pioneering project focused on giving a platform to lesbian and feminist perspectives of participants through performance, art making, salons, workshops and writing.[2] One significant piece of work created during the project was An Oral Herstory of Lesbianism, in 1979, which documented lesbian women and their feelings, views, experiences, and expression.[3]

The Lesbian Art Project was part of an ongoing effort by Arlene Raven, co-founder of the LA Woman's Building, to incorporate lesbian-oriented programming into the Feminist Studio Workshop, which had already launched the Los Angeles League for the Advancement of Lesbianism in the Arts (LALALA) in 1975.[4]

A partial successor to the LAP was the 1980 Great American Lesbian Art Show (GALAS), also at the Woman's Building.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Lesbian Art Project". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Lesbian Art Project". Jennie Kelin. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Wack! Audio Tour: Lesbian Art Project, Carolee Schneemann, Suzy Lake, Judith F. Baca". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Bonnie Zimmerman (ed.). Encyclopedia of Lesbian Histories and Cultures. Routledge. p. 65. ISBN 9781136787515. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Thompson, Margo Hobbs (20 April 2010). "DIY Identity Kit: The Great American Lesbian Art Show". Journal of Lesbian Studies 14 (2-3). doi:10.1080/10894160903196558. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Hélène Cixous. Hillary Robinson, ed. The Laugh of the Medusa. Blackwell, 2001. 
  • Joanne Hollows and Rachel Moseley. Hollows and Moseley, ed. The Meanings of Popular Feminism. Berg, 2006. 
  • David E. James (ed.). The Sons and Daughters of Los: Culture and Community in L.A. Temple University Press, 2003. ISBN 9781592130139. 
  • "Once More, with Feeling. Feminist Art and Pop Culture Now". Retrieved 1 February 2014.