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Susan Mogul Videoworks: The Woman's Building

The feminist art movement of the 1970s set off an explosion of artmaking and analysis that still reverberates in the art world today, and the Woman's Building in Los Angeles was one of the major centers of activity.  Artist Susan Mogul offers two works dedicated to the history of this site, a historic video shot during an event in the space and a short contemporary documentary featuring reflections from Woman's Building participants.

# Title Artists Run Time Year Country
1 Feminist Studio Workshop Videoletter Susan Mogul 00:30:00 1975 United States
2 Susan Mogul's Woman's Building Susan Mogul 00:09:00 2010 United States

Feminist Studio Workshop Videoletter

Susan Mogul
1975 | 00:30:00 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | 1/2" open reel video


In 1975, the Feminist Studio Workshop (I was a member) at the Woman’s Building in LA, the Women’s Interart Center in New York City, and another feminist organization in Washington DC, attempted to set up a video exchange among feminist art organizations. This was the first videoletter on our end. I don’t know if another one was ever made.

The videoletter is a tour of the Woman’s Building. Pam McDonald, with microphone in hand, another workshop member, and myself, served as guides through the building. It was shot with a black and white video portopack.

The tour includes interviews with various women in different parts of the building: Sheila De Bretteville, in one gallery discusses the Eileen Gray show- the first time Gray’s design work was shown in LA; Judy Chicago, at a book signing in the lobby, she had just published Through the Flower. Susan King, in the upstairs gallery, discusses the quilt show she had just organized, and Carol Kern at the opening of her one woman show in the community gallery, discusses how her WICCA pal, Z-Budapest, a witch, had just been arrested for reading tarot cards.

— Susan Mogul

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Susan Mogul's Woman's Building

Susan Mogul
2010 | 00:09:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | DV video


“Nobody likes you if they think you’re rude- you better act the way you should.” But we didn’t.

Telling it the way it was lived, Susan Mogul’s short film captures the energy, passion and radical spirit of the Los Angeles Woman’s Building (1973-1991), a groundbreaking center for women’s culture.

“Susan Mogul’s Woman’s Building ” was commissioned by Otis College of Art and Design for the exhibition Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building, October 1– December 3, 2011, in the Ben Maltz Gallery as part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 sponsored by the Getty Foundation. 


  • Jerri Allyn
  • Miriam Cutler
  • Cheri Gaulke
  • Susan King
  • Laurel Klick
  • Michele Kort
  • Lili Lakich
  • Susan Mogul
  • Phranc
  • Ilene Segalove

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