Voices — video

22 06 2010

Video of the 1985 performance of Voices, presented at California State University, Los Angeles.



Artist: Maren Hassinger Current repository: Collection of Maren Hassinger
Location: Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Source: Maren Hassinger
Title: Voices Rights:
Medium: VHS video Comments: Hassinger writes that “’Voices’ was first performed at The Women’s bldg. in Los Angeles in 1984. It was the separate voices of 6 people made into an orchestra by a conductor. I wrote and directed the action. The conversation was about our relation to nature in the political realm in which we found ourselves.” In a statement read aloud at the end of the 1985 performance, Hassinger states that Voices articulates “concern for the role of nature in an increasingly technological society.” The performance includes video edited by Ulysses Jenkins and quotations from the novels of Walker Percy. It is one of several performances Hassinger describes in her “Manifesto” as “Post-modern commentaries on politics, the end of nature, etc.,” created for friends, including Senga Nengudi and Ulysses Jenkins (“classmates from Lester Horton dance classes”) and Dee McMillin (“a student from Cal Arts”).  In 1985, other cast members included Mary Abrams, Cindy Kahn, and Chris Troy. For the premiere performance at the Women’s Building, May Sun conducted the performers; in 1985, Hassinger served as conductor.

Dimensions: Date: 1985
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Voices (Women’s Building, still 2)

22 06 2010

Artist: Maren Hassinger Current repository: Collection of Maren Hassinger
Location: Women’s Building, Los Angeles Source: Maren Hassinger
Title: Voices Rights:
Medium: 35mm slide Comments: Hassinger writes that “’Voices’ was first performed at The Women’s bldg. in Los Angeles in 1984. It was the separate voices of 6 people made into an orchestra by a conductor. I wrote and directed the action. The conversation was about our relation to nature in the political realm in which we found ourselves.” In a statement read aloud at the end of the 1985 performance, Hassinger states that Voices articulates “concern for the role of nature in an increasingly technological society.” The performance includes video edited by Ulysses Jenkins and quotations from the novels of Walker Percy. It is one of several performances Hassinger describes in her “Manifesto” as “Post-modern commentaries on politics, the end of nature, etc.,” created for friends, including Senga Nengudi and Ulysses Jenkins (“classmates from Lester Horton dance classes”) and Dee McMillin (“a student from Cal Arts”).  In 1985, other cast members included Mary Abrams, Cindy Kahn, and Chris Troy. For the premiere performance at the Women’s Building, May Sun conducted the performers; in 1985, Hassinger served as conductor.

Dimensions: Date: 1984




Voices (Women’s Building, still 1)

22 06 2010

Artist: Maren Hassinger Current repository: Collection of Maren Hassinger
Location: Women’s Building, Los Angeles Source: Maren Hassinger
Title: Voices Rights:
Medium: 35mm slide Comments: Hassinger writes that “’Voices’ was first performed at The Women’s bldg. in Los Angeles in 1984. It was the separate voices of 6 people made into an orchestra by a conductor. I wrote and directed the action. The conversation was about our relation to nature in the political realm in which we found ourselves.” In a statement read aloud at the end of the 1985 performance, Hassinger states that Voices articulates “concern for the role of nature in an increasingly technological society.” The performance includes video edited by Ulysses Jenkins and quotations from the novels of Walker Percy. It is one of several performances Hassinger describes in her “Manifesto” as “Post-modern commentaries on politics, the end of nature, etc.,” created for friends, including Senga Nengudi and Ulysses Jenkins (“classmates from Lester Horton dance classes”) and Dee McMillin (“a student from Cal Arts”).  In 1985, other cast members included Mary Abrams, Cindy Kahn, and Chris Troy. For the premiere performance at the Women’s Building, May Sun conducted the performers; in 1985, Hassinger served as conductor.

Dimensions: Date: 1984




Women’s Work

23 04 2010

Maren Hassinger first performed Women’s Work in conjunction with her collaborative performance with Senga Nengudi, Side by Side, at “Les soirées nomades: Nuits Noires,” at the Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France, in April 2006.  Hassinger explains, “‘Women’s Work’ was my individual creation. Senga had an individual creation and then we made an extended piece together [Side by Side] which involved a video review of our work together over the years and a gift giving segment involving the Paris audience.”

Hassinger adds, “In 2009 the ‘Women’s Work’ piece was reprised during an evening of performance organized by Ulysses Jenkins called ‘Quiet as Kept’ at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles.  This evening was in honor of my receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus [for Art] that year and to the many African American women artists of Los Angeles.  Many of them were present that night, including Senga.”


Artist: Maren Hassinger Current repository: Collection of Maren Hassinger
Location: Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Source: Maren Hassingeri
Title:  Women’s Work Rights:
Medium: video Comments: Performed in conjunction with Hassinger’s collaborative performance with Senga Nengudi, Side by Side, at “Les soirées nomades: Nuits Noires.”

Dimensions: Date: April 2006




“Get-Up” slide 8

14 12 2009

slide 8

Artist: Senga Nengudi Current repository:
Location: The Paper Mill, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Los Angeles Source: Senga Nengudi
Title: Get-Up Rights:
Medium: 35mm slide Comments: Photograph from Senga Nengudi’s performance, “Get-Up” performed by Houston Conwill, Maren Hassinger, Frank Parker, and Yolanda Vidado.  Presented for “Segues: A Night of Performances.”
Dimensions: Date: December 1, 1980




“Get-Up” slide 7

14 12 2009

slide 7

Artist: Senga Nengudi Current repository:
Location: The Paper Mill, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Los Angeles Source: Senga Nengudi
Title: Get-Up Rights:
Medium: 35mm slide Comments: Photograph from Senga Nengudi’s performance, “Get-Up” performed by Houston Conwill, Maren Hassinger, Frank Parker, and Yolanda Vidado.  Presented for “Segues: A Night of Performances.”
Dimensions: Date: December 1, 1980




“Get-Up” slide 6

14 12 2009

slide 6

Artist: Senga Nengudi Current repository:
Location: The Paper Mill, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Los Angeles Source: Senga Nengudi
Title: Get-Up Rights:
Medium: 35mm slide Comments: Photograph from Senga Nengudi’s performance, “Get-Up” performed by Houston Conwill, Maren Hassinger, Frank Parker, and Yolanda Vidado.  Presented for “Segues: A Night of Performances.”
Dimensions: Date: December 1, 1980