Art: Bad-Dream House

Armed with power tools, paintbrushes and lifetimes of female experience, 26 women artists transformed an old Los Angeles mansion into a bad-dream house and opened it last month to the public. Before it was dismantled to make way for an apartment building, some 4,000 people traipsed through the 17-room creation; many more toured it via television, and will eventually do so again through film. From the outside, "Womanhouse" looked like a home. Inside, however, the feminist art program of the California Institute of the Arts had arranged an exhibit that proved to be...

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