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A Palace for Queens

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In 1972, Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, co-founders of CalArts' Feminist Art Program, turned a dilapidated Hollywood mansion into "Womanhouse," a space transformed by the creations of nearly 30 young female artists. On the first day, the exhibit was only open to female viewers; by the last day, over 10,000 visitors had passed through the doors, turning kitchens and bathrooms into public repositories for dreams. During Work MORE #6, six collaborative teams of drag performers and fine artists are building multidisciplinary installations and performances, the largest of which will be titled "Womenhouse" in honor of the Chicago and Schapiro piece. While drag performers so often earn their weight in mascara highlighting the tragic and extravagant, this postmodern reinterpretation of "Womanhouse" gives a nod and a wink to rich moments in radical politics and feminist history, while elevating skills used for makeup, hair, costume, and set building into painting, soft sculpture, and sculpture.


Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: March 28. Continues through April 24, 2014

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