11.10.2007

L.A.’s Un/Freeways: Collectivized Practices in the Dispersed City
Thursday November 15th || 9 AM - 3 PM

UCLA Downtown Labor Center
675 S. Park View St., 1st Floor
Los Angeles, California 90057-3306
(213) 480.4155

Join local and international artists and activists for a day of discussion and intergenerational dialogue about feminist and women-led collective practices.

9-10 AM one-hour-share Bring materials from your own or others’ projects to display and share. Bring documents, printed matter, images, or proposals that are records of you what you’ve done (or hope to do) or of others’ work that inspires you.

10-11 AM ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ACTIVISM AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZING IN EAST L.A.

Mothers of East Los Angeles | MELA is an environmental justice public interest organization whose mission is “to protect the environment and public health, defend the interests of the East Los Angeles community, and achieve justice for communities of color and working-class communities.” With Mothers Mary Lou Trevis, Teri Griffin, and Lucy Delgado.

El Proyecto Jardín is a community garden in Boyle Heights that sponsors the monthly market Mercado Caracol. With Daisy Tonantzin, community activist artist and Program Developer and Organizer for Proyecto Jardín.

11 AM-12:30 CREATING AND DOCUMENTING FEMINIST CULTURES

Kirsten Dufour is a feminist artist, activist, and writer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since the 1960s she has created and participated in numerous groups and socio-aesthetic projects that all attempt to unite artistic and political practice. In 2002 she began LET THEM SPEAK NOW, a growing archive of video interviews with feminist artists and activists from different generations and different countries.

Make/shift magazine is a collectively-run magazine that is committed to antiracist, transnational, and queer perspectives and embraces the multiple and shifting identities of feminist communities. With Jessica Hoffmann, a member of make/shift’s editorial collective, and Irina Contreras, make/shift staff writer and founding editor of LOUDmouth.

1:30-3 PM CARVING SUBJECTIVITIES IN / OUT OF LOS ANGELES

Butchlalis de Panochtitlan | BdP is a multimedia performance ensemble of butch dykes / transgender butches / genderqueer speaking subjects that explore and make legible the liminal space of female biology and testosterone-taking transexuality and the identities, communities and neighborhoods these subjects claim and are claimed by. BdP is Mari Garcia, Raquel Gutierrez, and Claudia Rodriguez.

Gloria Alvarez is a Chicana poet, community based artist/activist, literary translator, curator, educator, and mentor to generations of Latina artists. Former member of Chicana art collectives Eastside Artistas (ESA) and L.A. Coyotas.

Yreina Cervantez is an artist, educator, and former member of Eastside Artistas.

Womyn Image Makers | WIM Four Xicana/Indigenous independent filmmakers and artists who base their collaborations on a collective creative process that respects the community element of filmmaking and challenges the hierarchies of conventional filmmaking. WIM is Maritza Alvarez, Aurora Guerrero, Dalila Mendez and Claudia Mercado.

This event will be held in English & Spanish with simultaneous English & Spanish translation provided.

L.A.’s Un/Freeways is part of TRÁNSITOry PÚBLICO | PUBLICo TRANSITorio, a public event series that brings together interventionist art groups, militant research and activist collectives, artists, and educators from throughout Latin America and Southern California. TRÁNSITOry PÚBLICO events will be held throughout Los Angeles from November 13th-20th. For more information please see
www.publicotransitorio.com
Contact Jennifer Flores Sternad
jf@post.harvard.edu (303) 204.0003

After L.A.’s Un/Freeways, TRÁNSITOry PÚBLICO will continue at 6:30 PM at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in the Ahmanson Auditorium. 250 South Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A.

L.A.’s Un/Freeways: Collectivized Practices in the Dispersed City is organized by Cara Baldwin, Sandra de la Loza, Maria Karlsson, Jennifer Flores Sternad, and Christina Ulke.

TRÁNSITOry PÚBLICO is sponsored by a grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts and co-sponsored by the UCLA Latin American Institute; UCLA Center for the Study of Women; Art Department, UCLA; Latin American Cinemateca Los Angeles; MFA: Public Practice Program at Otis College of Art and Design; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center; University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC Mexus); Visual Arts Department, University of California San Diego; World Arts and Cultures Department, UCLA.

How to get to the Downtown Labor Center:

The Downtown Labor Center is located directly across from Macarthur Park on South Park View St., just south of Wilshire Blvd. between Wilshire and 7th Street.
Park View St. is parallel to Alvarado Street, four blocks to its west.

SUBWAY: Westlake / Macarthur Park station (Red and Purple lines)
From the station, walk west to cross Alvarado. Walk 3.5 blocks, crossing the park, to the Labor Center. See www.metro.net

BUS: The Labor Center is near many local bus lines, including the Metro RAPID, which stops on Alvarado and Wilshire, and the DASH Pico Union / Echo Park route, which stops at the Westlake / Macarthur Park subway station (and costs only 25 cents). www.metro.net & www.ladottransit.com

PARKING: Free parking around the Labor Center is scarce. There are meters on Park View in front of the Center, but be warned that parking officers are always close by to issue tickets. Paid parking is available in the structure adjacent to the Center and in the Athena Parking lot on Carondolet St. & Wilshire Blvd.

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