Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Identity Theft: Eleanor Antin, Lynn Hershman, and Suzy Lake, 1972–78

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Bergamot Station G1 2525 Michigan Avenue
May 19–August 11, 2007

Curated by Jori Finkel

Before Judith Butler theorized gender as performative, and before Cindy Sherman began snapping her “Untitled Film Stills” in 1977, Eleanor Antin, Lynn Hershman, and Suzy Lake had all taken on alter egos to explore female identity and its constructs. Organized by Art + Auction senior editor Jori Finkel and coinciding with LA MoCA’s “WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution,” which also features these three prescient artists, this show comprises 117 works, including Hershman’s 1975–78 project documenting the life of invented woman Roberta Breitmore, played by Hershman, and Lake’s series of photographic self-portraits painted with cosmetics—neither of which has been shown in full in the United States since the ’70s. Antin’s better-known project involving her three Jungian “selves” will be shown along with her 1977 disaster-movie spoof The Nurse and Hijackers.