"Between the Door and the Street" was successful in bringing together a large and diverse group of women to talk about feminist issues. An estimated 2500 visitors listened in to their conversations. The project sparked much debate and controversy, bringing to light the complexities of both public art and activism. Because it relied heavily on volunteers, economic disparities were overlooked in the project’s organization. Some participants struggled to find childcare and Creative Time was called out for not considering the needs of mothers during a feminist project. While this created some negativity prior to the performance, it was perhaps the spark of this controversy, and the many feminist conversations it inspired nationwide, that was the project’s greatest success.
Over the course of five months, Suzanne Lacy met with a group of nineteen female activists. These advisees assisted her in mapping out important issues related to gender politics today. These women also played a large role in finding activist groups to participate in the stoop conversations. In all, 78 groups were invited, each of which secured 4-7 performance participants. Great effort was put into finding diverse groups of women in order to represent as many perspectives as possible.
Partners: Creative Time and Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist art at the Brooklyn Museum. Lead project support for Between the Door and the Street was provided by Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, Stephanie Ingrassia, Katie Michel, Barbara Nessim, Mary Jo and Ted Shen, Ellen Taubman, Ippolita Rostagno, Carol Goldberg, Diana Wege Sherogan, Annette Blum, Judy Cox, Louise Eastman, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Toby Devan Lewis, Brooke Garber Neidich, Pamella Roland, Martine Trink Rubenstein, Victoria E. Schonfeld, Elizabeth Smith, Frederieke Taylor, Barbara Tober, Donna Harkavy, Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz, Claudia Baez, Riva Blumenfeld, and Margaret Sullivan. The site of the project was secured thanks to the The Park Place/Underhill Avenue Block Association.
All copyright belongs to Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University.