lee-lozano

opens Sat, Nov 8, 6-8p:

Freezer Burn
 Hans Bellmer, Lizzi Bougatsos, Antoine Catala,
 Bernadette Corporation, Martin Eder, Mark Gonzales,
 Dan Graham, Mike Kelley, Lee Lozano, Lily Ludlow,
 Paul McCarthy, Jason Rhoades, Colin Snapp,
 Daniel Turner, Ian Wallace
 
Hauser & Wirth Gallery, 32 East 69th St., NYC

a group exhibition organized by Rita Ackermann. It draws its title from the very antithesis inherent to the making and the experience of art. Its premise is that artists are able to live through the most intense forms of life, and to transform them into subtle and strong sensorial realities; at the same time they can expand the most limited feeling or event and turn it into a world of its own.

GRADUALLY BUT DETERMINEDLY AVOID BEING PRESENT AT OFFICIAL OR PUBLIC “UPTOWN” FUNCTIONS OR GATHERINGS RELATED TO THE “ART WORLD” IN ORDER TO PURSUE INVESTIGATIONS OF TOTAL PERSONAL AND PUBLIC REVOLUTION. EXHIBIT IN PUBLIC ONLY PIECES WHICH FURTHER SHARING OF IDEAS & INFORMATION RELATED TO TOTAL PERSONAL AND PUBLIC REVOLUTION.
—  Lee Lozano, General Strike Piece (1969).

Lee Lozano“Decide to Boycott Women” 1971

In August 1971, American conceptual artist Lee Lozano began her notorious work “Decide to Boycott Women”. The piece was intended as a comment on patriarchy and a statement against the power of men in the art world. During the one-month experiment she would refuse to speak to any women that she came into contact with.

In practice, she began an obsessive twenty-seven year hiatus from speaking to or making eye contact with any woman, from restaurant waitresses to close friends and family. From the day she began the boycott in 1971, she never spoke to another woman for the remainder of her life. She died in 1999.