by Laura Silagi, Suzanne Siegel and Deborah Krall 

This 40 minute video is a slice of history  by Mother Art, a collective of eight women artists. Using art installations in galleries and public spaces, such as laundromats and banks,  they explored the social/political issues that affected all of us. Mother Art Tells Her Story  focuses on the turbulent times of the 1970’s and the 1980’s, touching on issues of “women’s work,” homelessness, reproductive rights, the nuclear arms race during the Reagan years, activism,
collaboration and much more. All this is done through the use of personal narrative to make these issues accessible and human. 


PURCHASE the complete 40 minute video

The video includes a topics content that allows for easy use in the classroom.

Purchase includes public performance rights.

$150  institutions (DVD)

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Suzanne Siegel,
4563 Marmion Way
Los Angeles, 90065
Memo line on check, Mother Art video


As a group of young women artists, Mother Art was galvanized to fight prejudice against
artists who were mothers in the art world. Mother Art continued their revolutionary artistic collaboration, creating witty and articulate artwork that targeted political hypocrisy and its devastating effects on women globally. Reflecting on their work and lives over three decades in their new film, the members of Mother Art prove that speaking up for women’s right makes a difference. Mother Art Tells Her Story moves with inspired rhythm and relevance. – Dr. Andrea Liss, Contemporary Art Historian and Cultural Theorist (professor at California State University, San Marcos)

Mother Art’s story is wonderful, and still very relevant. I recommend this video to activists and artists in all fields. – Nancy Buchanan, (artist and former professor, California Institute of the Arts)

What a tremendous document this film is and what a great piece of history!  All of the projects Mother Art created had such strength and purpose. Their power as mothers and as a collaborative art-making entity allowed them to have sensitivity to the world  and to other mothers from different cultures as well as their own personal struggles. Truly admirable.-  Mary Trunk, (filmmaker, Ma and Pa Films)
 As a mother and artist, I was very inspired.- M. Huerta (artist and professor, California  State University, San Marcos)

I think that the importance of personal expression, particularly the repressed nature of motherhood, is very much present in Mother Art’s history. Art, broadly conceived, has come to be, in its core, expression. Mother Art, in my opinion, should be an important example in the future of how this definition of art has evolved. – Breana Thomas  (artist and teacher)

So enjoyed the film!  The issues are still is relevant today.- Kristin Moss (artist)

Thank you and your colleagues for working on that film! It was an excellent addition to my class this year. I plan to show it every time I teach the class. Thank you again for making such an inspiring film. As you’ll see from the students’ writing, many of them were very moved. (Some even wishing they had mothers like you!)– Christine Weber (professor, Portland Community College, Sylvania campus  Teaches “Women in Art” ) 

Bravo.  Loved your film and will be showing to my women friends. The interviews with all those women were so interesting.  Not only a good piece of art, but such a history of that time. Really happy to have this and will watch it more….      Roberta McIntosh (musician and photographer)



2011- Otis College of Art and Design, Preview Screening as part of Getty initiative featuring artists’ work from 1945-1980

2012- Mazer Archive, West Hollywood, CA. 

2012- San Francisco Documentary Festival  Mother Art Tells Her Story, as part of the program, Woman Warriors.

2013- Cal State San Marco, Arts and Lecture annual series, special showing

2013- Portland Community College, Sylvania campus, Screening in Women in Art seminar

2013- Women’s International Film Festival, Beverly Hills, Winner of Best Script

2013- Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, Canada. Nominee, Best Short Documentary