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The Family of Women Dance

ID Number: 22797
Maker: The Lesbian Art Project; The Woman's Building
Technique: offset
Date Made: circa 1978
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 21.6 cm x 35.6 cm; 8 1/2 in x 14 in
Main Subject: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ)
Materials: Matte paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
The Lesbian Art Project Announces The Family of Women Dance A Sizzling Disco Featuring a Performance by Barbara Hammer Friday, Dec. 15 9 PM. At the Woman's Building 1727 N. Spring St. $3.00 In celebration of the 5th anniversary of The Woman's Building

Acquisition Number: 2004-136

Copyright Status:
Copyright status unknown; may be protected by copyright law.

Exhibition Annotation:
In the late 1970s, it seemed as if every telephone pole on the east side of Los Angeles was strikingly festooned with bright posters advertising music and dance events in the Latino community. Bia Lowe appropriated that distinctive look for the design of this poster, advertising a Lesbian Art Project event. It was initially planned that a crew would get together and plaster the neighborhoods with these posters. But in 1978, this didn’t feel safe, and the organizers didn’t want to direct potentially hostile strangers to this lesbian dance. So they mocked up one poster, put it on a telephone pole, photographed it, and immediately removed it. The photo became the real poster, which was discreetly mailed to an in-house mailing list, but it imagines a world in which lesbian events can be announced as publicly as any other cultural event.

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