The Fourth Wall


Nancy Youdelman

Pearl Tree

September 11 – October 30

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“They were building their art directly out of their experiences as women.” Judy Chicago, Through the Flower

Nancy Youdelman was one of fifteen students who participated in the first Feminist Art Program in the United States. The class was developed by artist, Judy Chicago in 1970/71 at Fresno State College (now California State University, Fresno). The following year, Chicago, along with Miriam Schapiro founded the Feminist Art Program at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, where Youdelman continued her studies. While at Cal Arts, she participated in Womanhouse and the concurrent feminist art movement, which questioned the male gaze and traditional categories of art. These young women, under the guidance of Chicago and Schapiro, built their own work space and began collaborating on artworks using a wide range of mediums including film, photography, performance, installation, and sewing.

The Fourth Wall is pleased to present Nancy Youdelman: Pearl Tree and Other Works, a solo show of her recent sculptures, assembled through a process of wrapping found objects in various materials such as wires, string, and pearls. The show also includes photographs and film stills from her time with the Feminist Art Program. Signed catalogs are available at the gallery.

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Nancy Youdelman has been exhibiting her artwork since 1971. She has the distinction of having been part of the very first feminist art class that was taught by Judy Chicago in 1970 at California State University, Fresno. She continued her participation in the Feminist Art Program (1971—1973) at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, where she participated in the internationally acclaimed project, Womanhouse (1972), receiving her BFA from CalArts in 1973 and her MFA with an emphasis in sculpture from UCLA in 1976. Youdelman has had a varied and interesting career: she worked as an artistic consultant on the 1975 Rolling Stones concert in Los Angeles, was a founding member of both Grandview Gallery at the historic Woman’s Building in Los Angeles and Double X, a feminist collective, and was a university art instructor for 20 years. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including grants from the Pollock/Krasner, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb and the Tree of Life Foundations. Her extensive exhibition record includes many national and international exhibitions; her work is in many private and public collections including the Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Photos by Michael Karibian. Film stills by artist.