Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions is a student-organized project based at California Institute of the Arts that seeks to produce discourse around the questions and contexts of contemporary feminist practice in art and society.  The project encompasses projects and workshops proposed by students from across the schools of CalArts, a curated exhibition of student, faculty, and alumni works addressing feminism, a feminist performance series, and a day-long symposium of panel discussions with guest artists, activists, and curators. 


Feminism continues to be relevant and necessary as a continually evolving body of thought and action that takes as its subject lived experience, psychological, social, and cultural constructions. It projects new modes of thought and action into these spheres and disrupts the status quo. However, by its very structure, feminism has resisted easy definition. To ask the question, "What is feminism?" is to also ask, "What feminisms exist today?"Since the emergence of the Second Wave of feminism in the 1970's, there has been an impulse in society and culture to demarcate categorical and historical divisions within feminism. By embarking on the Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions project, we are seeking to understand feminism through a process of porous exchanges, between generations, individuals, and disciplines in the arts.

We are inspired by the legacy of Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro's ground-breaking Feminist Art Program (1972-1974) at CalArts, the Feminist Art Workshop (FAWS) and F-Word Conference (1998) at CalArts, and the upcoming MOCA Geffen Contemporary Exhibition "WACK! Art & the Feminist Revolution" curated by Connie Butler.


Exhibition | Elana Mann, Theresa Masangkay, Vincent Ramos

Curatorial Assistant | Hayley Blatte

Performance Series | Loren Fenton, Sibyl O'Malley, Bethany Umbach

Film Series | Laida Lertxundi

Symposium | Audrey Chan, Jason Kunke

Design | Eileen Levinson, Roman Jaster, Teira Johnson, Clarissa Tossin

Wall Building Workshop | Saul Alvarez, Liz Glynn

Public Relations | Margaret Crane, Nicholas Grider

Website | Audrey Chan, Eileen Levinson

Faculty Advisers | Karen Atkinson, Betzy Bromberg, Jessica Bronson, Kaucyila Brooke, Nancy Buchanan, Leslie Dick, Sam Durant, Connie Hatch, Thomas Lawson, Louise Sandhaus, Christine Wertheim, Millie Wilson

Volunteers | Danielle Adair, Allie Bogle, Lorin Brown, Jennifer Bruce, Stephanie Chen, Gina Clark, Mariechen Danz, Chris Diaz, Zackary Drucker, Emily Eklund, Diana-Sofia Estrada, Adam Feldmeth, Jocelyn Foye, Trulee Grace Hall, Betsy Hunt, Kiki Johnson, Siri Kaur, Dashiell Manley, Anna Mayer, Porsche McGovern, James Melinat, Ahm Mingus, Corinne Nelson, Claire Nichols, Alex Olson, Akosua Adoma Owasu, Nate Page, Yaniro Paramo, Katie Shapiro, Niko Solorio, Carly Steward, Kaari Upson Rudell, Stephanie Tisza, Brendan Threadgill, Carlin Wing, Curtis Winter, Aaron Wrinkle, Jemima Wyman, Rosha Yaghmai, Chie Yamayoshi, Michiko Yao, Luis Zavala


Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions was made possible through the generous funding of CalArts' President's Office, School of Art, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, School of Film/Video, Student Life Fund, and Student Council


Steve Anker, Karen Baxter, Gina Caravetta, Alexandria Carrion, Nick Chase, Coffeehouse Committee, Margaret Crane, Donovan Vim Crony, Maria DeLuca, Chris Ellis, Erik Ehn, Anitra Evans, Andrew Freeman, Yvonne Guy, Coco Halverson, John Hogan, Catherine Hollander, Dean Houchin, Anna Huff, Suzanne Isken, Joanne Jewett, Eungie Joo, Rebecca Kessin, Steven Lavine, Jean-Paul Leonard, John Mandel, Emery Martin, Jake Mitchell, Joanne Moorehead, Sandra Mueller, Sean Murphy, Cory Peipon, Chad Petersen, Begoña Prado, Berenice Reynaud, Andrea Richards, Lynn Rosenfeld, Carol Stakenas, Aandrea Stang, Leslie Tamarabuchi, Vince Tula, Sharon Yeates, Feminists (Past, Present, and Future), our classmates, faculty, friends, and families


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