The works in Mira Schor’s California Paintings: 1971–1973 were made during the artist’s time as a graduate student, at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where she was enrolled in the inaugural year of the Feminist Art Program. Underscoring the significance of this program and the artists it fostered, Schor’s exhibition at Lyles & King comes months after she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art—an accolade she now shares with both of the Feminist Art Program’s founders, Miriam Schapiro (honored 1988), and Judy Chicago (1999).
In recognition of her award, and on the occasion of Schor’s exhibition of early works—many of which have not been on view since the early ’70s , if at all—I visited the artist on an unusually warm, late winter day. Schor (b. 1950, New York City) had thrown open the windows to her studio, located on the Upper West Side, in the apartment where she grew up.