Los Angeles, CA (February 20, 2015) – The Downtown Art Center (DAC) Gallery is pleased to present a multifaceted exhibition in honor of International Women’s Day focusing on the concept of Female Power and the future landscape of gender equality. Conceived and curated by the Association of Hysteric Curators (AHC), the project addresses POWER as it relates to women’s lives, weaving a multitude of voices into an ongoing conversation.
As part of this exhibition, artists from the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), who struggle with chronic unemployment and homelessness, and ECF Art Centers, who live with developmental disabilities, participated in a series of workshops given by AHC, birthing a new body of drawings, collages, journals, zines, and performances exploring female power in its many guises. These workshops and collaborative projects reflect how female power is perceived by each participant and how it manifests in their distinct experiences.
Supplemental content for this exhibition was sourced from existing mixed media pieces, paintings, drawings, photographs, videos, and performances by AHC members. Further programming will be announced through March and April, such as poetry readings, spoken word and live performances by participating artists.
DWC: Monia Calhoun, Rachael Cowles, Gloria McKinney, E’vet Thompson, Pamela Walls;
ECF: Wilbert Brent, Sean Flores, Jose Hernandez, Paolo Miranda, Deveron Richard, Chris Romero, Juan Pierri, Victor Prieto, Jussi Wayne, Jose Zamora;
AHC: Virginia Arce, Malado Baldwin, Rachel Finkelstein, Nat George, Isabelle Lutterodt, Meg Madison, Mary Anna Pomonis, Cindy Rehm, Allison Stewart, Guita Tahmassebi, Eve Wood.
Free to attend; light refreshments served; parking available at meters and pay lots (see posted signs for details). Please note that DAC Gallery does not validate parking.
About Association of Hysteric Curators
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The Association of Hysteric Curators (AHC) envelops a fluid, evolving, trans-generational group of women who gather bi-weekly to share in a discussion around contemporary feminism and the historicity of the term. We seek to explore notions of the feminine and the presence of gendered articulations through a non-hierarchical structure based in dialogue and exchange. As we honor the lineage of feminist models, we dare to envision a future of human equality, knowing we must interrogate the customs of NOW in order to enable conditions for change.
About the Downtown Women’s Center
The mission of the Downtown Women’s Center is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women. Founded in 1978, DWC is the only resource in Los Angeles that is exclusively dedicated to serving the unique needs of homeless and very low-income women in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row community.
About DAC Gallery
DAC Gallery is a contemporary art space in the heart of Downtown LA’s Gallery Row. Our exhibitions focus on mid-career local and international artists, while bringing attention to a community of individuals whose works are rarely presented to mainstream audiences. The DAC Gallery is adjacent to the ECF Art Center, an adult program of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation which provides ongoing training in the field of visual arts to adults with developmental disabilities. Founded in 1946, ECF is a nonprofit organization that improves the lives of young children, students, and adults with special needs so that they reach their greatest potential. Visit www.ECF.net and www.Facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.
WHAT: DAC Gallery Presents: Female Power
an exhibition conceived by the Association of Hysteric Curators
WHEN: March 12 – May 1, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 7-10PM
Coinciding with the Downtown Art Walk
WHERE: DAC Gallery, 431 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013