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Pauline Oliveros



David Weinstein interviews composer and performer Pauline Oliveros in a wide ranging and revealing interview from 2008 as she prepared to show her work as part of the exhibition WACK! Art & The Feminist Revolution on view at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1) that year. The conversation traces the artist’s influential and often courageous career through influences ranging from The Scum Manifesto to digital technology and her achievements beginning with electronic instruments in the 1950s, through her university career, sonic meditations, ceremonial works, Deep Listening concepts, Expanded Accordion, and merging a social conscience with sound.

This interview was conducted as part of a collection of special programs featuring historic interviews and discussions with artists whose work ignited or has been influenced by the feminist revolution. These programs are presented in association with P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center's presentation of WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, the first comprehensive, historical exhibition to examine the international foundations and legacy of feminist art, that was on view from February 17 through May 12, 2008.
 

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P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, the first comprehensive, historical exhibition to examine the international foundations and legacy of feminist art. 

The exhibition, curated by Connie Butler, spans the period of 1965 to 1980 and includes 120 artists and artist groups from the United States, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. WACK! includes work by women who operated within the political structure of feminism as well as women who did not necessarily embrace feminism as part of their practice, but were impacted by the movement. Comprising work in a broad range of media - including painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, and performance art -, the exhibition is organized around themes based on media, geography, formal concerns, collective aesthetic, and political impulses. 

This exhibition was displayed on the entire First and Second Floors and in the Third Floor Main Gallery of P.S.1 from February 17, 2008 through May 12, 2008.

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