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Tacit Knowledge Feminism

Tacit Knowledge Feminism

Annette Jael Lehmann, Verena Kittel

The Feminist Art Program (FAP) took place from 1971 to 1975 at the California Institute of the Arts CalArts. It was a pioneering educational art class for female students, based on participation-centered working processes and group consciousness. After only a short run the program was stopped in 1975 and it is said that CalArts erased all the record of it from their institutional history for years to come. Luckily there is this new publication from Spector Books, giving us an insight to the methods, achievements and backlashes the program faced. The interspersing advertisements of that time directed to women, help us to understand the stereotypes and clichés women were confronted with.⁠

And if you turn the book around you will find a special focus on John Baldessari’s Post Studio class liberating themselves from the myth of the genius, white-male artist sitting isolated in his studio, creating artworks. It’s the birth of land art, activism art and performances. Conceptual art replaced the physical and led to dematerialisation.⁠


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