Performance Art and
the Woman's Building

A Documentary Film Project by Cheri Gaulke

About the Film


Acting Like Women: Performance Art and the Woman’s Building, a 75-minute documentary by Cheri Gaulke, revisits the California feminist art movement of the 1970s and 80s, particularly the explosion of a new art form called performance art. The Woman's Building in Los Angeles was an incubator for new art forms and practices – feminist performance art, ritual, collaboration, social engagement and media interventions. Women artists from all over the country headed west like pioneers drawn by the optimism of the California spirit. They created art that moved beyond the art world into streets, diverse communities, and people’s lives.


Cheri Gaulke is a pioneer in the feminist art movement in Los Angeles affiliated with the Woman’s Building working in film and visual art. Her films have screened in national and international film festivals. Gaulke’s work has been presented at the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Museum of Contemporary Art (LA), in a Smithsonian-touring exhibition, and in settings all over the world including buses, churches, and prehistoric temples. Known for her solo performance art, she also co-founded the collaborative performance groups Feminist Art Workers and Sisters Of Survival which were featured in a Getty-sponsored exhibition. 

Meet us at Slamdance!

Our film team will be at Slamdance 2019 with our short doc, Gloria's Call. We'd love to meet you. Gloria's Call screenings are at Treasure Mountain Inn, Thursday, Jan. 25, 11 am and Friday, Jan. 31, 1 pm. Programmed with The Professional: The Stevie Blatz Story


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