Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Andrea Bowers

Letters to the Army of Three and Letters to an Army of Three (Installation view)

Letters to the Army of Three and Letters to an Army of Three (Installation view)

Andrea Bowers. Letters to the Army of Three and Letters to an Army of Three (Installation view), 2005.

Description:
This installation shot from "Nothing is Neutral" is part of a body of work developed about an abortion rights activist group of three women located in the San Francisco Bay area of California who crusaded for legal abortions and women's health care rights prior to the passage of Roe v. Wade. The video "Letters to An Army of Three" records thirty people reading letters written to the activists from people desperate to find abortions for themselves or loved ones prior to the legalization of abortion in America. All the letters read in the video were dated between 1965 to 1969. An oversized book contains a much more comprehensive collection of these letters which are separated from each other with different sheets of decorative gift-wrapping paper. A second set of the book pages hang on the wall as a large poster installation called "Letters to the Army of Three Displayed".

Medium:
Installation

Tags:
activism, portraiture, painting genres, feminism, still life, Roe v. Wade, Rowena Gurner, Lana Clark Phelan, abortion rights, Patricia Maginnis, nonviolence, text

Images
Diabloblockade, Diablo Nuclear Power Plant, Abalone Alliance, 1981Detail of "Still Life of The AIDS Memorial Quilt in Storage (Blocks 4336-4340)"  Vieja Gloria (video still)Eulogies to One and Another (Installation view)Defense of NecessityVows (Goldman, Emma. "Marriage and Love." New York: Mother Earth Publishing Association, 1910.)Letters to the Army of Three and Letters to an Army of Three (Installation view)

Videos
Letters to an Army of ThreeThe Weight of Relevance Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Training

Location
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Contact
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