Mama’s Girl Suite

in progress

video/film

“Mama’s Girl Suite”, a series of vignettes, evokes a memory play. Composed from images in Mom’s photo archive and mine, photographs are broken apart, juxtaposed and reinterpreted, as I ruminate on our mutual engagement with the camera, and the ways we’ve projected our sexual identity onto one another through the creative process.

https://vimeo.com/137165209

A Daughter’s Survival Index Index (Working Title) – An Interdisciplinary Work In Progress

2014–present

photographic works

“A Daughter’s Survival Index”, an interdisciplinary project, investigates creativity, female identity, and modernism through the mother/daughter bond. Rhoda Mogul, mother of six and housewife, was a lifelong amateur photographer, and, incessant interior decorator. Her creative drive – though confined to the home – had a major influence on my private and public life as an artist/filmmaker. Drawing upon materials from Mom’s Archive and Mine, this work in progress underlines the domestic environment as a source and site of imagination, and, creative reciprocity.

“Mama’s Girl Suite”, a series of Vignettes, is also part of this project.

Collages, Diptychs Patterns and Photographs from the “Daughter’s Index”

The following images were constructed digitally by, or are analog photographs by Susan Mogul. The images derived from Rhoda Mogul’s Archive are indicated in the descriptions.

Mom_Susan_Pregnant-_Diptych

Rhoda /Susan Pregnant Diptych
Diptych was digitally created in 2014 from two analog photographs Mom took in 1965. An iconic image in the project, it represents the fertile creative banter between mother and daughter.

Index_Detail_1

A Daughter’s Survival Index – Detail #1
“The Daughter’s Survival Index”, a series of digital prints, is comprised of artifacts from an archive I share with Mom: furniture, textiles, photographs, and interior décor. And is also a “key” to the project in its entirety. Focus photography.

Mogulmannekko_Pattern_CU

Mogulmannekko
Design for wallpaper pattern. Pattern derived from: Mom’s 1965 proof sheet, a wallpaper swatch, and a Marimekko housedress. As with most components in this project, the historic artifacts were selected for their resonance between mother and daughter.

Echoes_Muybridge_Whistler_Pattern

Echoes of Muybridge and Whistler’s Mother
Design for wallpaper pattern. The pattern was derived from a 1965 photographic proof sheet composed of Mom’s pregnant self-portraits, and, me mimicking Mom pregnant. The form and content of this pattern echoes images from art and photo history: “Whistler’s Mother” and Muybridge’s photographs.

Double_Mirror-Camouflage

Camouflage in Mom’s Montage
This collage was digitally created from a 1987 analog photograph of Susan in the Marimekko dress she gave Mom in the sixties, as she looks at a photo collage produced by Rhoda from the seventies. The background pattern is derived from the same collage.

Susan_Phone_Diptych

‘Hi Susan, Hi Susan’, Diptych
Diptych was digitally created from two analog photographs Mom took in 1964. The title references a musical sequence in the 1964 film, “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Princess_Rollers

Sleeping Princess in Rollers and Acne Cream
Pattern was created from one analog photograph Mom took of Susan in 1964.

Dad_Susan_Phone_Diptych

Susan Dad Diptych
Diptych was digitally created from two analog photographs Mom took in 1964.

Dinner_Table_Mark_Pam_Dad_1973_Fix

Mark, Pam, and Dad after Dinner – 1973

Mom_Mylar_1974

Mom Momentarily Reclining with Mending and Mylar Wall – 1974

Index_Detail_2

A Daughter’s Survival Index – Detail #2
“A Daughter’s Survival Index”, a series of digital prints, is comprised of artifacts from an archive I share with Mom: furniture, textiles, photographs, and interior décor. And is also a “key” to the project in its entirety. Focus plywood and plastics.

Index_Detail_3

A Daughter’s Survival Index – Detail #3
“A Daughter’s Survival Index”, a series of digital prints, is comprised of artifacts from an archive I share with Mom: furniture, textiles, photographs, and interior décor. And is also a “key” to the project in its entirety. Focus patterns and color.

Jess_Living_Room_Sun

My Brother Jess in His Bedroom – 1980

Redec._Mom_Living_Room

Redecorating Mom’s Blue Living Room
An intervention, aka Photo Collage, of a 1980 analog photograph I took of Mom in the living room. This collage utilizes a wallpaper pattern from Mom’s bedroom, her rug, a dress pattern transformed into curtains, and my self-portrait on the wall.

This_Dress-is_Like_Storyboard

This Dress is Like…
Storyboard for Music Video, and, a stand-alone image. The narrative connects mother-daughter reciprocity vis a vis clothing, photography, and interior décor.

The Artist and Her Mother

2012

video/film

In 2011, I interviewed several female artists and asked them to expound upon their mother’s creative influence upon them. My intention was to make a film on the subject.

I didn’t know it at the time, that these compelling interviews were preliminary research. And just a year later, I would embark upon a large-scale interdisciplinary project about my own mother’s creative impact on my private and public life as an artist.

Rough Cut

https://vimeo.com/137846263

Mogul Celebrates Mogul

2011

photographic works

Mogul Celebrates Mogul”, was a satirical response to the Getty’s male centric “Pacific Standard Time” ad campaign posted all over Los Angeles. I plastered Mogul Celebrates Mogul”, in various Los Angeles neighborhoods, guerilla style, next to the Getty’s “PST” posters, where young male celebrities “celebrated” older male artists, such as John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha.

Mogul_Celebrates_2011

Mogul Celebrates Mogul

Mogul_Celebrates_In_Situ_2011

Mogul Celebrates Mogul in Situ

Susan Mogul’s Woman’s Building

2010

video/film

Funny, joyful, playful informative, seductive, ironic – yet brimming with a rightful desire to turn the sorry state of things upside down. —Kino Magazine.

Susan Mogul’s short film captures the energy, passion and radical spirit of the Los Angeles Woman’s Building (1973–1991), a groundbreaking center for women’s culture.

https://vimeo.com/135642050

Driving Men

2008

video/film

Mogul looks at the men in her life, starting with her tragic first love and ending with a road trip with a new boyfriend forty years later. The often funny video tackles sex, desire, loss, family and the twisted threads of identity, as Mogul ponders being single and fifty. —LA Weekly

Trailer

https://vimeo.com/135690487

Excerpts

https://vimeo.com/93681023

DVD Cover

2008DVD-Driving-Men-Poster

2008Driving-Men-Poster-Quotes

Press

Holly Willis, “Mini Mogul“, LA Weekly, August 15–21, 2008

Annie Buckley, “Movie Mogul“, www.artforum.com, August 15, 2008

Sing, O Barren Woman

2001

video/film

“Giving voice to ten women who chose not to have children, Mogul’s video simultaneously offers a hilarious and poignant meditation on all manner of life choices and the necessity of living with their consequences.” —David Pagel, Los Angeles Times

Clip

https://vimeo.com/136441838

Interview

This interview of Susan Mogul was broadcast on the on the award winning and long running daily news magazine show, “Life and Times”, May 8, 2001, on KCET (PBS Los Angeles).

https://vimeo.com/136447084

I Stare at You and Dream

1997

video/film

Tender and unflinching, four characters’ struggles, wounds and romantic entanglements are gradually revealed in the context of their everyday lives. Filmed in Mogul’s Highland Park neighborhood, a predominantly Latino area of Los Angeles. Produced in association with the Independent Television Service for public television with major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Clip 1

https://vimeo.com/135700586

Clip 2

https://vimeo.com/135701451

Interview

https://vimeo.com/136450404

Promo CardStare-Promo-Card_-1997

 

Press

Program Notes, Southern Circuit, by Linda Dubler

Howard Rosenberg, ‘I Stare at You’ an Intimate, Fresh Journey, Los Angeles Times – TV Review, May 2

Everyday Echo Street

1993

video/film

“… an insider’s journey through a Los Angeles neighborhood that you seldom see on television … a highly personalized film threaded by the filmmaker’s self-effacing wit and candid introspection about her life as she settles into middle age.” —Howard Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times

Clip 1

https://vimeo.com/135695171

Clip 2

https://vimeo.com/135696032

Interview of Susan Mogul by Alexandra Juhasz

https://vimeo.com/136444140

Promo Photo

1993_Echo-Street_Promo_Photo

Press

LA-Times_1993

Pages from the Diaries of Children

1991

installation

video/film

Pages from the Diaries of Children, Mogul’s collaboration with gifted and deaf children at an L.A. public elementary school, resulted in a set of ten books, drawings, and a video diary, We Draw – You Video. Exhibited at LACE, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

1991_Kid-Diary_Promo-Card

Promo Card

1991_Howard-at-40

Howard: Life at 40

1991_Lily-the-Terror_2

Jennifer: Lily the Terror – 2

1991_Lily-the-Terror_-Mother

Jennifer: Lily the Terror – 1

1991_Mother-Sleep-Soft

Mother Sleep Soft

We Draw – You Video

https://vimeo.com/135798618

Press

Susan Kandel, Dark Side to Children’s ‘Diaries’, Los Angeles Times, November 20

Prosaic Portraits, Ironies and other Intimacies

1991

video/film

“With wonderful footage, great interviews – she chronicles a changing political and artistic scene in Poland…she titillates, outrages and always knows when to move on.” —Sally Stein, art historian

Clip

https://vimeo.com/135641527

Promo Card

1991ProsaicPromo

Five East

1990

video/film

As an artist-in residence for three months at Childrens Hospital, Los Angeles, Mogul produced a series of portraits of chronically ill adolescents.

https://vimeo.com/135800649

Dear Dennis

1988

video/film

A videoletter to Dennis Hopper inspired by the fact that both Mogul and Hopper have the same dentist.

Clip

https://vimeo.com/135803099

News from Home

1985/87

performance

News from Home was performed nationally at museums, underground clubs, colleges, and universities for two years. A comedic cabaret performance, News was based upon twenty years of correspondence from Susan Mogul’s mother. (“Saw Barnett Newman’s paintings and got some good ideas for Kim’s room.”). Looking just like mom, Mogul modeled her mother’s cocktail dresses and commented on her letters, as the struggle to individuate was explored in the context of the mother/daughter bond.

Clip

https://vimeo.com/135630621

Promo Card

1985_Hollywood_Mogul

One Woman Performance, Central Park SummerStage, New York City, 1986

1986

performance

Mogul’s untitled performance was an amalgam of comedic “shticks” from the “Last Jew in America” and “News from Home.” Sponsored by Creative Time, this Summerstage event took place at Central Park’s band shell in New York City, in front of one thousand people.

https://vimeo.com/135806246

The Last Jew in America

1983/84

performance

In this performance Mogul gives a “history lesson” on the conflicts and contradictions of Jewish American assimilation. This one woman show was performed at small theaters, alternative art spaces, and on cable television.

Clip

https://vimeo.com/135630960

Images

Last-Jew_Flashcard_1983_84-copy

Jewish Flashcards

Last-Jew_Second_Cmndmnt_1983_84-copy

The Second Commandment

Press

Gloria Ohland, “The Last Jew in America?”, L.A. Weekly, November 25 – December 1, 1983

 

Design for Living

1980

performance

Susan Mogul makes a salad that gradually takes over the stage. While she yaks about iceberg lettuce and lemons, Jerri Allyn rushes around Mogul setting a scene – with wallpaper, aprons and tablecloths – in an absurd attempt to color coordinate Mogul with each vegetable she slices and dices. Performed at 626 Broadway, in New York City.

Design-for-Living_Lemon_Cut_1

Documentation of Performance

Design-for-Living_scan_2014_2

Documentation of Performance

Design-for-Living_scan_2014_Red_Frame_3

Documentation of Performance

Press

Sally Banes “Consciousness Razing”, Village Voice

Waiting at the Soda Fountain

1979

installation

performance

This installation and performance at Columbia Coffee Shop in Hollywood was a culmination of the “Hollywood Moguls” series. The “Hollywood Moguls” hung on the walls, and, in addition, placemats were designed and utilized at the coffee shop for the duration of the exhibition. In the closing performance at the coffee shop – women were given video screen tests- at the counter or in a booth. Waiting at the Soda Fountain was a feminist parody about getting discovered in Hollywood.

Placemat

1979sodaftn_placemat

Poster

1979SodaFtn_Poster

Performance Documentation

1.WSF_Screen_Test_1979-copy

Performance documentation, Screen Test One

2.WSF_ScreenTest_1979-tif-copy

Performance documentation, Screen Test Two

3.WSF_Screen_Test_1979

Performance documentation, Screen Test Three

Hollywood Moguls

1976/79

photographic works

Punning on her own last name, “Hollywood Moguls”, is a series of photo collages (1976-1979) about literally breaking into and/or breaking open Hollywood: the Hollywood sign, Capitol Records, the historic Pantages Theater.

Sunset-Strip_Billboard-1975-copySunset Strip Billboard – 1975

Mogul-Empire-6-30-07-copy

Mogul Television Empire – 1976

Hollywd_Mogul_Crisis-in-Capitol_1978-copy

Crisis in Capitol – 1978

_Moses-Mogul-Receives-11th-Commandment-1978-copyMoses Mogul Receives the 11th Commandment – 1978

Big Tip/Back Up/Shut Out

1976

video/film

Her extroversion is so extreme that her story leaps from the vacuum around her, over the camera and off the screen entirely. —Artforum 1976

“Big Tip” was Mogul’s first work to grapple with the economics and anxiety of being an artist.

https://vimeo.com/135703794

Mogul’s August Clearance

1976

installation

Mogul’s August Clearance was an exhibition at Canis Gallery at the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. Mogul as “shopkeeper,” transformed the gallery into a discount store. Her photos and photo collages were priced according to degree of finish, for example: Work prints at cost plus. Photos hung on clothing racks and were stacked in bins. Large price tags dangled from the hangars. Finished prints were mounted pristinely on a wall in an area titled, “The Back Room.”

1.-August_Clearance_Storefront_1976-copy

2.August_Clearance_Shopping_1976-copy

3.August_Clearance_Work_Prints_1976-copy

4.August_Clearance_Shopper_1976-copy

Feminist Studio Workshop Videoletter

1975

video/film

The Videoletter is a “tour” of the Woman’s Building, produced and directed by myself, Pam MacDonald and Sheila Ruth, active participants in the FSW and the Building.

https://vimeo.com/135708935

Mogul is Mobil

1974

photographic works

Mogul is Mobil is a postcard (mail art) that Mogul produced after she received her first driver’s license and purchased her first car.

Mogul_Mobil_1974

Mogul-is-Mobil_Back_Postcard_1974

Take Off

1974

video/film

“In ‘Take Off’ Mogul has struck a fine balance between the tellable and the untellable. Her most remarkable action, the use of her vibrator ‘in public’ borders on being taboo (yet) is so ridiculous that ultimately ‘women’s polite language’ is mocked as incisively as is Vito Acconci.” —Afterimage

Clip

https://vimeo.com/135643779

Dressing Up

1973

video/film

“(Dressing Up is one of) Susan Mogul’s very funny video stories, in which she proceeds from disrobed to robed, reminiscing about the history of each item of clothing.” —Lucy Lippard, “From the Center”, Feminist Essays on Women’s Art

https://vimeo.com/135696744

Self Portraits as Effeminate Man

1973

photographic works

Self_Portrait_1973

Mother Venus

1973

performance

Mother-Venus-Promo-Card-Front_1973

Mother-Venus-Promo-Card_Back_1973-

Promo postcard for performance at Womanspace Gallery in Los Angeles.

“Mother Venus” was a collaborative performance by Laurel Klick, Suzanne Lacy, and Susan Mogul.

Body Sculpture

1971

outlier

Body-Sculpture_1971

Body sculptures constructed of canvas, zippers, and or foam.