Feminist Art Does It in Public

The exhibit “Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at The Woman’s Building,” opens tomorrow afternoon, October 1, in Los Angeles (and continues through January 28, 2012). Here’s a remembrance of the famed feminist cultural center from someone who was there: A young woman artist, Jazzmin Meins, entered the large room on roller skates, her […]

Women Writers Still Need a Room of Their Own

I had been longing to go back to Abiquiu, New Mexico, where I had the remarkable experience of visiting the artist Georgia O’Keeffe in 1973. I finally got my chance this past month through the generosity of A Room Of Her Own Foundation, which awarded me an artist-in-residence grant (I create “artist’s books”). AROHO, as […]

!Women Art Revolution!

Marcia Tucker, founder of the New Museum in New York City, recalled her interview for her previous curatorial job at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1969 thusly: I said ‘Let me tell you why you don’t want to hire a woman. First, no man will ever be able to work for me. Second, we […]

Pop’s Diva Daughter as Primal Mother

I’ve been looking forward to the music video of Lady Gaga’s much-hyped single “Born This Way” for several weeks, so, when it premiered Sunday on Vevo I really wanted to love it. Unfortunately, “Born This Way” just doesn’t have the twisted, Mad Hatter brilliance of Gaga’s “Bad Romance” video or the movie-pastiche playfulness and queer […]

Easy A Earns Its Grade

Easy A, a modern retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter set in an Ojai, Calif., high school, is now in theaters. Emma Stone stars as Olive Penderghast, a 17-year-old high school student who finds her good reputation sullied when a prissy and vengeful Christian classmate overhears her making up a story about losing her […]

Teaching to Transgress in High Schools

For over a decade, bell hooks has made an impact on my high school students. I’ll never forget when Rachel, an African American former student of mine, stopped me on the streets of New York while she was a college student and said, “I started taking classes on black feminist theory because of your course.” […]