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Insurgent Muse: Life and Art at the Woman's Building
by Terry Wolverton (Goodreads Author)
In the 1970s, the West Coast feminist art movement coalesced around the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles, founded by artist Judy Chicago. Arriving as a young art student in 1976, Terry Wolverton stayed on to become a teacher and co-founder of the Lesbian Art Project, and eventually, executive director. Her journey—emblematic of many women who sought to redefine themselves i ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by City Lights Publishers
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I loved this very much. It's really a memoir, but also a history of the Woman's Building, and the changing face of it from its radical feminist inception in the 70's through to the hardships of Reagan-era America, and the way the institution (and Terry Wolverton herself) had to constantly redefine themselves in those changing times. Told with great love, guts, devotion and humour, Terry is a wildly intelligent, wise, give-no-shits narrator and doesn't whitewash her own flaws or the compromises n ...more
Wolverton knows how to reach the reader's heart. She takes the reader's hand and says, Come with me inside the Woman's Building, let me show you what we were and wanted to do. This story of Feminism will break your heart and sew it back up again making you ready to take what the women before you have achieved and build a life and a world on their experience. After I finished Insurgent Muse, I just wanted to hug all these women of the Woman's Building and thank them for what they have done for us ...more
despite wolverton not being an academic writer, i learned more about the changing face of feminism -- its 1970s appeal, its movement into the 80s and 90s, and it's historical legitimacy on a personal & artistic level -- by reading this. i might just blame this book for making me lose the "post" in my "post-feminist" position.