Leslie Labowitz Starus
Local Artist In Residence
1655 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

“Myths of Rape” by Leslie Labowitz-Starus, performed for “Three Weeks in May,” Suzanne Lacy, 1977. Photo: Suzanne Lacy

In the past two years at 18th Street, Leslie has devoted her time to the Performing Archive, a collaboration with Suzanne lacy that began in 2006. It houses the documentation of their public performance work organized under Adriadne: A Social Art Network, which occurred between 1977-82 during a seminal moment in the international feminist movement. Leslie’s work is creating a bridge to younger women artists working today. The Performing Archive is receiving considerable attention and there are numerous plans for it to travel, including its recent presentation at the Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco. Next summer it will be in the exhibition Re. Act. Feminism at the Akademie der Kunste, Berlin.

Daughter of an Auschwitz survivor, Leslie Labowitz-Starus earned her MFA from Otis in 1972 before moving to Düsseldorf, Germany, where she studied with Joseph Beuys. In the early 1970s, she was introduced by Eleanor Antin to Suzanne Lacy, and from 1977 to 1980, the two collaborated on a series of large-scale activist performances that often took place in public settings. They also co-founded Ariadne: A Social Art Network, a support system for women artists.

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