Gloria’s Call: A Screening and Discussion
- November 16, 2019 | 2pm
In 1971, graduate student Gloria Orenstein received a call from Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington that sparked a lifelong journey into art, ecofeminism and shamanism. Gloria’s Call, a short film using art, animation and storytelling, celebrates this wild adventure from the cafes of Paris to the mountaintops of Samiland. Now more than 40 years later, award-winning Dr. Gloria Feman Orenstein is a feminist art critic, and pioneer scholar of women in Surrealism and ecofeminism in the arts. Her delightful tale brings alive an often unseen history of women in the arts.
MAF presents a screening of Gloria’s Call, and Dr. Gloria Orenstein’s “Reclaiming her BIRD-RIGHT: Leonora Carrington Prepares Her Sacred Journey to the Otherworld”, an excerpt of her lecture recently given at the opening of the Museo Leonora Carrington in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The program will conclude with a Q and A session moderated by Olivia Marciano.
Free tickets for this program will be available on October 26 at 1pm.
Professor Emeritus Dr. Gloria Feman Orenstein is a scholar, author, and pioneer in the field of the women of Surrealism and ecofeminism in the arts. Orenstein was a founder of the Women’s Salon for Literature in New York City and was a Professor of Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California until her retirement.
Cheri Gaulke is a pioneer in the feminist art movement in Los Angeles. Her work has been presented in film festivals internationally, in museums and a Smithsonian-touring exhibition, and alternative settings including buses, churches, and prehistoric temples. Gloria’s Call is Gaulke’s 25th work in film/video. Current projects include a feature documentary called Acting Like Women: Performance Art and the Woman’s Building, about a 1970s-80s movement that reverberates in the art world today.
The film is produced by artists Cheri Gaulke (director), Cheryl Bookout, Anne Gauldin, Sue Maberry and Christine Papalexis with funding from Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art. The idea for the film was born during a presentation by renowned scholar Dr. Gloria Feman Orenstein at the Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art Surrealist Tea in October 2016. Since its premiere, Gloria’s Call has been awarded Best Documentary at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Best Arts, Architecture and Design Film at the Newport Beach Film Festival.