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12 by 80 foot mural at the Downtown Women’s Center, by Ann Wolken

In 1981, Wolken was commissioned by the Downtown Women’s Center (refuge for the women of Skid Row) to create a 12 by 80 foot mural on the exterior brick wall of the Center. The mural was an “x-ray” of the activities that go on inside the center and was based on sketchbook that Wolken produced about the women. The women of the Center also participated in the process of painting the mural. Tragically, the Downtown Women’s Center building was condemned in 1987 by the Whittier earthquake. The building has since been torn down and the mural was demolished.

Wolken participated in a number of community-oriented graphic design projects commissioned by the Women’s Graphic Center of Los Angeles in the early ’80s. She designed several books including, On the Kitchen Table, The Menagerie Theater Company and The Women of Skid Row through the Center and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Detail DWC 1982
Detail DWC 1982
Detail DWC 1982
Detail DWC 1982
Detail DWC 1982
Detail DWC 1982
Detail DWC 1982
Detail DWC 1982
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