Madre Tierra Press included in
Doin’ It in Public: Art and Feminism at the Woman’s Building
Getty Research Initiative Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Presented at Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery
Opening and closing ceremonies conducted by Linda Vallejo
October 1—February 26
“Site to Vision: The Woman’s Building in Contemporary Culture”
Linda Vallejo came to the Woman’s Building to oversee the funded project known as Madre Tierra Press in 1982. Through Madre Tierra, Linda brought together thirteen Chicana and taught them how to design and create handmade books. The goal was a series of image and text volumes employing depictions of the Chicano community and women’s relation to it. Linda facilities the collaborate genesis of images and texts. Then she oversaw the plate design, transfer of photographic images to the metal plates, use of letterpress, scheduling and printing of the final plates. Amount the participants was Yreina Cervantes, who went on to expand her career through the use of the kind of art developed in the program.
Linda remembers that it was during her time with Madre Tierra Press project that she was invited by the Woman’s Building to give lecture on Chicana art in general and her own art in particular. It was the first time that the Woman’s Building staff and participants were remarkably supportive as she planned and delivered the talks. Linda, whose own artwork was featured in several exhibitions at the Woman’s Building and who served on the board of directors for several years, went on to become a prominent artist and community activist, as well as a notable spokesperson for Chicana arts.
OTIS COLLEGE: DOIN IT IN PUBLIC: TOUR OF THE EXHIBITION
Curators Meg Linton and Sue Maberry lead us on a tour through the Gallery. Along with historical ephemera and documentation, the show surveys the work of groundbreaking feminist artists/designers and artist collectives who gathered together at the Los Angeles Woman’s Building from 1973 through 1991.
Suffragette City, Art Ltd. Magazine, by Betty Ann Brown, art historian, curator, and critic, January 2011
Feminism and art exhibit to open at Otis College Ben Maltz Gallery, The Argonaut, September 2011