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WCA 2012 Conference Information

Momentum: 40 Years of the Women’s Caucus for Art
Los Angeles, February 23-27


The WCA conference home base will be the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens, a fabulous boutique hotel located in the heart of Little Tokyo. The address is 120 South Los Angeles Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
 To register, please call 213-629-1200 (direct line). www.kyotograndhotel.com.

The online ticket counter has closed.
We have a limited amount of tickets available for the the Media Award/Film Screening on Thursday and the 40th Anniversasry Gala on Saturday. Tickets will be available on a first come first served basis.
For tickets Please visit the WCA Booth # 427 at the CAA Book Fair  or
For Media Award/Screening tickets email Brenda boelbaum@yahoo.com
or call 734 645 9024
For for Gala tickets email Janice at president@nationalwca.org


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Full Conference Schedule

Wednesday, February 22 

7:00pm-9:00pm Momentum Exhibition Artists Panel Talk
Gallery 825, Los Angeles Art Association, 825 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles
Enjoy a preview of the exhibition, refreshments and an artist panel moderated by Priscilla Otani, President Elect with selected artists from the exhibition discussing inspiration, mediums and creation of work with a question/answer period with panelists interacting with the audience.

DAY 1: Thursday, February 23

8:00am-12:00pm WCA  40th Anniversary Opening Session
Four Season Ballroom, Kyoto Hotel*, 120 South Los Angeles Street

8:00-9:00am Chapters' Council Meet and Greet

9:00-10:00am Hour of Activism: Another year with the YoungWC
This event will spotlight YoungWC's year of engaged activism. The Ragdoll Project: Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign, the WCA Art & Social Justice Conference, Feminist Tea Party at NYFA, and Hapa Bruthas will be featured, along with other 2011 activist activities. The YoungWC is an internal caucus of the National Women's Caucus for Art with a focus on college students and young professionals.

10:00-12:00pm Panel From a Whisper to a Roar: An Intimate Dialogue with California Artists
The two-hour panel will be presented in a format designed by Suzanne Lacy that stimulates intimate dialogue between the panelists and engages the audience in a focused and exciting dialogue. Panel topics will include "Woman, Artist, and Activism," and "Community Engagement and Professionalism."

No two women artists follow the same path through an art career. These remarkable artists have found unique ways to break through the layers of obstacles before them in order to create work that is both meaningful to them and to the communities in which they live. Their successes have made them a part of the global dialogue that has opened doors for them and for others that follow.

Moderator: Linda Vallejo. Panelists: Margaret Alarcon, Nao Bustamante, Kathy Gallegos, Suzanne Jackson, Felicia Montes, Amitis Motevalli, Noni Olabisi, Patricia Rodriguez, Nancy Uyemura, Diana Shui-iu Wong, and Seeroon Yeretzian.

Kathy Gallegos, director of Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park, is hosting a concurrent exhibition curated by Avinger Nelson featuring work by the panelists. This exhibition will be on the Saturday Gallery Hop.

Noon -1:00pm Lunch on your own

12:30-3:00pm Book Signing - Jill Fields
Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program and Collective Visions of Women Artists

WCA Book Table at CAA Book & Trade Fair - Booth #427
Please note: The CAA Book and Trade Fair is only open to those who are registered for the CAA conference

1:00-:400pm  Caucus Meetings
Kyoto Hotel, 120 South Los Angeles St
            1:00-2:00pm Jewish Women Artists Network (JWAN) - Suite 1916, Kyoto Hotel
            2:00-3:00pm Young Women's Caucus(YWC) - Suite 1907, Kyoto Hotel
            3:00-4:00pm Eco-Arts Caucus - Suite 1916, Kyoto Hotel
            4:00-5:00pm International Caucus - Suite 1907, Kyoto Hotel

5:00-7:00pm JWAN Exhibition ‘Song of the Land’  Reception
Hebrew Union College, 3077 University Ave

7:30-10:00pm Media Award and Film Screening
Democracy Center (JANM), 111 N. Central Avenue
WCA will present its first Media Award to filmmaker and feminist Lynn Hershman Leeson.
The ceremony will include presentation of the award, the viewing of her film "! Women Art Revolution"
and a small dessert reception.

DAY 2: Friday, February 24

9:30am-Noon WCA sponsored CAA Panel
"Multiplicities in Dialogue: From Political Caucus to Engaged Community–
Forty Years of WCA: Celebrating History
(This CAA panel is open to all WCA members)
Concourse Meeting Room 403B, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Five paired dialogues offering a sampling of contemporary models for innovative artistic engagement inspired and informed by historical feminist perspectives.
Chairs: Tanya Augsburg, San Francisco State and Deborah Thomas, Glendale Community College with the following paired panelists: Annie Sprinkle, independent artist and scholar and Elizabeth Stephens, University of California Santa Cruz; Yueh-mei Cheng, Finlandia University and Karen Frostig, Lesley University; Judith Baca, University of California Los Angeles and Cathy Salser, A Window Between Worlds; Dena Muller, ArtTable and Jenny Yoo, DIY Graduate School; Julie Orser, University of California Los Angeles and Carol Wells, Center for the Study of Political Graphics 

12:30-3:00pm Book Signing - Dr. Elizabeth Otto
The New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film from the 1870s through the 1960s

WCA Book Table at CAA Book & Trade Fair - Booth #427
Please note: The CAA Book and Trade Fair is only open to those who are registered for the CAA conference

12:30-2:00pm WCA  Panel at CAA
40 Years Of WCA— Irregular Experiences: Multigenerational Stories of Feminists in Art

Concourse Meeting Room 403B, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Offers a dialog between pairs of established arts professionals and emerging art professionals whose road to success is being paved through non-traditional paths. Panel Moderator:  Diane Burko, artist
Panelists: Judith Brodsky, Third President, WCA (1976-78), Printmaker and Professor Emerita, Department of Visual Arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, Ann Sutherland Harris, First President of WCA (1972-74) Author/Art Historian, Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Muriel Magenta, Sixth President, WCA (1982-84) Artist. Professor of Art, Arizona University, Dail Chambers, Artist /Arts Management. Founder Yeyo Arts Collective. St. Louis MO, Anu Sud Hittle, Artist/Educator/ Conservationist. Lecturer Washington University & Volunteer Lawyers and Artists Association, St. Louis MO, Niku Kashef, Artist/ Educator. Lecturer at California State University, Northridge/ Adjunct Woodbury University. 

3:00-9:00pm Bus Tour
To include the exhibitions - In Wonderland: Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States and Momentum: Celebrating 40 years of WCA Women Artists.

Tour includes a walk-through with co-curator Dr. Ilene Susan Fort and catalogue contributor Maria Buszek of the "In Wonderland: Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States" exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art  (LACMA). A box meal will be provided to tour participants at the museum before departing for the opening reception for the WCA national exhibition, ‘Momentum’ at Gallery 825.  
Please note, bus will depart from LACMA at 5:45 pm to go to Gallery 825 and will return and depart again at 7:00 pm for those that would like to stay longer at the museum. 9:00 pm bus will depart from Gallery 825 to Kyoto Hotel.

6:00-9:00pm Opening Reception - MOMENTUM
Gallery 825, Los Angeles Art Association, 825 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles
WCA National Exhibition, Momentum-Celebrating 40 Years of WCA Women Artists. 
Juror: Rita Gonzalez, Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

DAY 3: Saturday, February 25

7:45-10:15am Chapters' Council Forum
Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St
7:45-8:00am Coffee and bagels
8:00-9:00am Elections
9:00-10:15am Building Stronger Chapters

10:30-3:00pm Momentum Gallery Hop
Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St., following the Chapters' Council Forum.
There will be a free shuttle for registered conference attendees ONLY. You must be wearing your WCA nametag to board the shuttle. The shuttle will make continuous loops between 10:30am and 3:00pm. Exact times to meet the shuttle at each stop will be included in the registration packet.

  • (Jud)y Chicago in LA:  The 1970s
    Jancar Gallery (in Chinatown) 961 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • From a Whisper to a Roar 
    WCA Party with the Artists  11:00am-2:00pm This exhibition co-sponsored by Avenue 50 Studio and WCA. Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the TFAP Panels
    250 South Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Kyoto Grand Hotel
    120 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA  90012

9am-5pm The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) Panels
Ahmanson Auditorium, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 250 South Grand Ave
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Co-organizers: Audrey Chan, J. Paul Getty Museum; Elana Mann, Scripps College 

Feminist Art Education: Renewal and Revision
Chairs: Nancy Buchanan, California Institute of the Arts; Christine Wertheim, California Institute of the Arts
Panelists: Kaucyila Brooke, California Institute of the Arts; Andrea Richards, Independent Writer; Claudia Slanar, California Institute of the Arts

10:40-12:00 Colleagues, Co-conspirators, and Partners: Perspectives from Feminist Men
Chairs: Audrey Chan, J. Paul Getty Museum; Elana Mann, Scripps College
Panelists: Tavia Nyong'o, New York University; Glenn Phillips, Getty Research Institute; Howard Singerman, University of Virginia
12:00-12:30 Lunch Break
12:40-2:00 Tactics are the New Strategy
Chair: Pilar Tompkins Rivas, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Artist Pension Trust
Panelists: Nao Bustamante, Independent Artist; Carolina Caycedo, Independent Artist; Sandra de la Loza, Independent Artist
2:10-3:30 Destabilizing a Destabilized Existence
Panelists: Zackary Drucker and A.L. Steiner, Independent Artists
3:40-5:00 Artist, Woman, Human: Feminism in Practice
Chair: Anoka Faruqee, Yale University
Panelists: Mariángeles Soto-Díaz, University of Iowa; Erika Suderburg, University of California, Riverside

6:00-7:30pm Lifetime Achievement AwardsPresentation
Kyoto Hotel, Ballroom
Honoring Whitney Chadwick, Suzanne Lacy, Ferris Olin, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Bernice Steinbaum and
President’s Art & Activism Awardees, Karen Mary Davalos and Cathy Salser.
(This event is free and open to the public.)

8:00-10pm Momentum WCA 40th Anniversary Gala
Japanese American National Museum
The 40th Anniversary WCA ticketed gala event with the Lifetime Achievement, Presidents' and Media Awardees will include a walk-around dinner with three food stations, open bar, an opportunity to meet the awardees, networking and the opportunity to tour the museum. Also scheduled for the Gala is the kickoff of the Sylvia Sleigh Legacy campaign.

8:00-10pm 40th Anniversary Silent Auction
Japanese American National Museum
Gala attendees will have the opportunity to bid on several wonderful items including gifts certificates from Natural Pigments, artist sets from Holbein, autographed books, jewelry and much more. Tickets for the WCA raffle featuring the work of Sylvia Sleigh and Eleanor Dickinson will also be available.


Sunday, February 26 (Optional Day of Programming)

9:30am-11:00am Brunch Meet-Up  
Azalea Restaurant, Kyoto Hotel
Come have brunch. Network. Must register to reserve a space. Food cost not included: buffet is $18 or ala carte menu available.

11:30am-6:00pm WCA Optional Bus tour ‘WOMAN AROUND TOWN’
Catch a tour of four Pacific Standard Time exhibitions
Meet in the hotel lobby at 11:15am. Bus leaves promptly at 11:30am and returns by 6pm.
Small snack and water provided. Lunch not included.
The bus tour will feature four Pacific Standard Time exhibitions:

  • Beatrice Wood: Career Woman-Drawings, Paintings, Vessels and Objects at Santa Monica Museum of Art
  • Breaking in Two: Provocative Visions of Motherhood at Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica Airport
  • Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement at the Fowler Museum, UCLA
  • Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building at the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis

Monday, February 27
8:00am-4:00pm Board Meeting 
Kyoto Hotel, Red Cattleya Room
WCA board meetings are open to all WCA members.

BOARD MEMBERS and attendees: Please let us know if you will be attending so we can have enough chairs and food ordered for breakfast and lunch. PLEASE NOTE: Board members and guests there will be a $25 charge for food that will be due at the meeting.