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F*CK U! In The Most Loving Way

Exhibition catalog for "F*CK U! In The Most Loving Way" created by the Northern California Women's Caucus for Art.

KITCHEN TABLE TALK

KITCHEN TABLE TALK Written and performed by Tanya Augsburg Production Assistant: Josefin Jansson January 13, 2017 Ninth Street Independent Film Center San Francisco, CA Kitchen Table Talk is a participatory feminist performance for creative envisioning in uncertain times. I have been creating platforms for public debate for over twenty years. Usually those platforms are in the form of conference panels. I have occasionally performed rituals, but many of these have been participatory and relational. Kitchen Table Talk is an attempt to forge what I have done in the past with my ongoing belief that we have to work collectively to create new possibilities. Kitchen Table Talk was originally created for NCWCA’s F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way and was first performed on January 13, 2017 at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center. The performance links a traditional form of problem solving for women—gathering around the kitchen table—with more recent methods, such as feminist consciousness raising, brainstorming, and rolestorming—while also being formed by the conversational method modeled by the television show The View and the Lean In Circles inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 book Lean In. The performance also gives a nod to the Post-It Walls of Empathy that sprouted up around San Francisco BART Stations after the 2016 U.S Presidential Election. They in turn were influenced by the New York City subway wall Post-It mosaics instigated by artist Mathew Chavez. The performance at Kala Institute in Berkeley, CA on March 25, 2017 was produced by NCWCA member Elizabeth Addison, who helped greatly with all aspects of the performance, including set design. I was prompted to make some last-minute changes to the performance after seeing the photograph that the Vice-President tweeted on March 23, 2017 of the House Freedom Caucus sitting around a conference table to discuss women’s health. For the Kala performance the photograph was projected on a wall throughout the performance as a point of reference. One never knows how audiences will react to a performance, and the audience at Kala was interested in sitting around the kitchen table and talking. Our conversations about our current concerns for women were wide-ranging and insightful. The performance at Kala ended with the group reenacting the House Freedom Caucus meeting, which some of us then posted on social media. I am grateful to Elizabeth Addison, Amber Hoy of Kala, Robert Schmitz and my two student volunteers, Daniel Bird and Raquel Christian, for their assistance. I am honored that the website 100 Days of Action selected the performance for their calendar. 182

F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way: The Documentary (2017) I believe we had a good fight. F*ck U! In The Most Loving Way short film is a half-hour film which documented feminism and feminist art in 2016 and 2017. The film highlighted the process of curating, producing, and behind the scene secrets from NCWCA curatorial committee. The film is filled with fun, fucks, frustrations, and forever love. The F*ck U! exhibition planning took place during the 2016 United States presidential campaign season. Donald Trump won the 2016 election during the show and the women's march happened on the day the show closed. As I worked through the video editing, I re-lived my depression and disappointment about the election results. On the other hand, I was also re-living the support from the women artist's community. To preserve those footages and edit them into a watchable format is for the future generation to see—to see the leadership of brilliant women, the problem-solving skills we had, the diversity of our community, and the strength of supporting each other as a group of women. F*ck U! In The Most Loving Way was curated and produced by a group of volunteer women artists and helped by all gender equality fighters. I am proud to be part of it. Mido Lee Tech Specialist & Documentarian 183

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    ABOUT NCWCA (SPONSORING ORGANIZATIO

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    EXHIBITIONS CHAIR STATEMENT Like ma

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    Our financial goal was at the minim

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    VOLUNTEER and DONOR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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    Photographer: Priscilla Otani Galle

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    F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way Pros

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    Installation at Arc Gallery, 1246 F

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    Opening Reception: Arc Gallery, 124

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    Rulers. Performance by Emma Sulkowi

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    Performance Afternoon—January 14,

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    Some Untidy Truths: On Curating the

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