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Woman’s Building History: Feminist Art Workers

Feminist Art Workers is a collaborative performance art group founded in 1976 by Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton, Cheri Gaulke and Laurel Klick and later included Vanalyne Green. Emerging from the educational programs at the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles, Feminist Art Workers incorporated techniques of feminist education into participatory performance structures. They addressed issues of community (Heaven or Hell?), violence against women (This Ain’t No Heavy Breathing and Traffic in Women: A Feminist Vehicle) and work (Bills of Rights). Their performances took place in places as varied as city streets (Pieta, Afloat), during protest rallies (Draw Your Own Conclusions: Know on 13), in buses and museums.

Traffic in Women: A Feminist Vehicle

A Feminist Art Workers conceptual performance/bus tour from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to attend a conference on violence against women, 1978. FAW was comprised of Nancy Angelo, Cheri Gaulke, Vanalyne Green, Laurel Klick.