Designing Feminism

A newspaper or magazine spread depicting a large, pink design resembling lips. A horizontal crease run across the center of the image. Text appears at top left and bottom right.

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, EVERYWOMAN, May 7, 1971. Offset lithographs on newsprint. Courtesy Sheila Levrant de Bretteville

Many of the works that the graphic designer, public artist, and educator Sheila Levrant de Bretteville (b. 1940, B.F.A. 1963, M.F.A. 1964) made in Los Angeles during the early 1970s have become icons of feminist design. In collaboration with the artist Judy Chicago and the historian Arlene Raven, among others, she helped establish a series of academic programs and institutions that promoted feminist art and provided spaces for creativity, including the Woman’s Building in downtown Los Angeles. Using photographic and typographic collage, de Bretteville established a visual identity for these initiatives that echoed the vibrancy and urgency of their missions. Join John Stuart Gordon, the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Curator of American Decorative Arts and one of the cocurators of the exhibition Sheila Levrant de Bretteville: Community, Activism, and Design, for a Gallery Talk that explores a number of these dynamic projects. Generously sponsored by the Martin A. Ryerson Lectureship Fund. 

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