Terry Wolverton, Betty Ann Brown and Cheri Gaulke
Ruth Weisberg in conversation with Terry Wolverton, Betty Ann Brown and Cheri Gaulke
Woman's Building - 15th Anniversary Celebration, hosted by Ruth Weisberg, artist and professor at USC.
Terry Wolverton is a literary artist and author. In 1976, she moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman's Building. Terry spent the next thirteen years working and creating at the Woman's Building where, in addition to producing performance and literary art, she was also instrumental in the Lesbian Art Project, the Incest Awareness Project, the Great American Lesbian Art Show (GALAS), and a White Women's Anti-Racism Consciousness-Raising Group. At the time of this interview, she served as the nonprofit organization's Executive Director. She is currently adjunct faculty in the M.A. in Arts Management program at Claremont Graduate University.
Betty Ann Brown is an art historian, critic and curator. After moving to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, her interest shifted from ancient Latin American art to Chicano art and, ultimately, to contemporary art in general. She was president of the board of the Los Angeles Woman's Building in 1985-86. Brown has curated several major exhibitions, including “Fierce Beauty: The Art of Linda Vallejo,” Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles, Summer 2010; “Brilliant Paintings & Amazing Ceramics,” Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, Spring 2010; “Hans Burkhardt,” Cal State Northridge in Fall 2008; “Echoes,” an exhibition of twelve women artists who address environmental issues. She is currently working on a retrospective exhibition for performance artist and painter John White (Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, Spring 2011.) Brown is a Professor of Art History at California State University, Northridge.
Cheri Gaulke is an artist who works in a variety of media. In 1975, she moved to Los Angeles to be involved with the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman’s Building. There she embraced the notion that feminist art could raise consciousness, invite dialogue, and transform culture. She worked primarily in performance art from 1974-1992, addressing themes such as religion, sexual identity, and the environment. In addition to her solo work, she cofounded collaborative performance groups Feminist Art Workers (1976-81), which merged feminist art and education techniques into interactive performances; and Sisters Of Survival (1981-85), who wore nun’s habits in the spectrum of the rainbow and presented their anti-nuclear performances in Europe and the U.S. Though Gaulke has moved away from performance, the feminist art strategies that she helped to innovate in the 1970s in Southern California continue in her work. Her art continues to be a vehicle for social commentary and as a way to tell the stories of individuals and groups under-represented in society.
Interview recorded 3/4/1989