To the Editor:

Will the real waitress please stand up?

An article by Douglas Davis entitled “Post-Performancism” appeared in the October 1981 issue of Artforum. Accompanying this article was a photo identified simply as “The Waitresses, 1979.” The text carried a quote from a hit song by a punk rock band which calls itself “The Waitresses.” The juxtaposition of the quote and the visual image—each identified only as “The Waitresses”—implied that these two groups are one and the same.

They are not!

This group of “The Waitresses” (speaking) is a feminist art performance group which has been presenting performance art events in and around Los Angeles since March 1978. The members are: Chutney Gunderson, Denise Yarfitz, Anne Gauldin, Anne Mayor, and Jerri Allyn (in New York). We collaboratively create and perform pieces using the waitress as a metaphor for women, presenting issues such as stereotypes,

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