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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2011

Beacon Arts Presents The Feminine Canvas – 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011 – Sunday, November 6, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA — Beacon Arts presents The Feminine Canvas – 2011, an exhibition featuring sculpture, painting, drawing, performance and writings that focus on gender and body issues by Bijoux Altamirano, Meg Cranston, Zackary Drucker, Sara Hunsucker, Amy Kaps, Laura Krifka, Laura London, Yolanda McKay, Allie Pohl, Fay Ray and Alexis Smith, opening Saturday, October 1, 2011. The Feminine Canvas – 2011, runs from Saturday, October 1, 2011 to Sunday, November 6, 2011. Exhibition special events include an opening reception on Saturday October 1, 6:00 – 9:00pm, a Costume Party celebrating Halloween with performance and video in and behind the gallery on October 29, 8:00 pm – midnight, and a closing reception on Sunday, November 6, 1:00 – 4:00pm, which will include sparkling wine and a talk with art critics (TBA) and the artists. Beacon Arts is located at 808 N. La Brea Ave., Inglewood, CA 90302. Regular gallery hours are from 1:00pm to 6:00pm Thursday through Saturday, Sundays 1:00pm – 4:00pm. All The Feminine Canvas – 2011 events are free. For additional information please call 310-419-4077 or visit http:// Laura London Rock Star Moment 1 2000, Color Photograph, 30 x 30 inches. Edition 3/3 For The Feminine Canvas – 2011, photos, please see http:// 20737916@N05/ Statement – The Feminine Canvas – 2011 is a feminist exhibition that focuses on contemporary gender and body issues and questions the facade of gender identity. A costume party and performances will be held Halloween weekend, using the tradition of dress-up as an opportunity to assume whatever identity one chooses. Guests are encouraged to get into character and liberate themselves from pressure to conform to a social norm or specific gender identity. Where MOCA’s 2007 exhibition WACK! focused on the international foundation and legacy of revolutionary feminist art, The Feminine Canvas – 2011 assumes a confident, contemporary approach because feminists’ efforts of the past have made it possible. From the groundbreaking “Feminine Mystique” that Betty Friedan wrote about in 1963, to the recent “Stange Stirring” observations of Stephanie Coontz, The Feminine Canvas – 2011 reflects both men and women’s contemporary struggles with constraints of gender identity. The work is at times shocking, beautiful, witty, humorous, and historical. The exhibit will be supported with texts by notable Los Angeles writers and conversations at the close.