Feminism and the catfish motif are at the center of 2 new art exhibitions in LA

“All catch and flow up” by Diedrick Brackens, 2018. Woven cotton. 39 x 41 inches. Collection of Yas and Bob Baravarian. © Diedrick Brackens.
Photo courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles and Seoul.

“WOMANHOUSE” returns for its 50th anniversary, focusing on a feminist perspective and highlighting paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures by several key artists who were part of the original 1972 installation. “WOMANHOUSE” originated from a program run by Judy Chicago and Miriam Shapiro at CalArts. It is on view until April 16 at Anat Ebgi’s gallery at 4859 Fountain Avenue.

Judy Chicago talks about the groundbreaking feminist art installation she created in 1972 with Miriam Shapiro. Fifty years later, “WOMANHOUSE” is now on display at Anat Ebgi’s gallery at 4859 Fountain Avenue. Credit: National Museum of Women in the Arts/YouTube.

At Craft Contemporary, “Diedrick Brackens: The Sky is a Muddy Riverbed” shows the artist’s various weaving techniques. His work includes figures and objects, including a catfish, allegorical or symbolic, and they are placed alongside poetry. He draws inspiration from his childhood in Texas and larger political events and themes around African American and queer identity. The exhibition runs until May 8.

William E. Bennett