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Lynn Hershman Leeson & Judy Chicago
November 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Two new exhibitions are unveiled at Art House on Friday, November 15, 5-7 pm.
“Lorna” by Lynn Hershman Leeson was the first interactive video artwork, inviting viewers to play the persona of a middle-aged woman at life’s crossroads—and to decide her fate. Created by the pioneering cyberfeminist artist between 1979–1984, the “Lorna” installation ambitiously evolved the role of the viewer into an active participant in art, foreseeing virtual reality and female video game characters by a decade.
Also on view is Judy Chicago’s film “Women and Smoke, California,” 1971-72. This classic film, made between 1971-72, documents site-specific performances around California involving the use of fireworks. Chicago used colored smoke to make temporary paintings in the air, pushing the boundaries of color off the canvas. “It softened everything,” the artist said. “There was a moment when the smoke began to clear, but a haze lingered. And the whole world was feminized—if only for a moment.”