La Mamelle [La Mamelle Magazine; Art Contemporary; Art Com Magazine; Art Com]
- Darlene Tong
[La Mamelle Magazine; Art Contemporary; Art Com Magazine; Art Com]
American alternative artist organization active in San Francisco between 1975 and 1995. Founded in 1975 as La Mamelle, the organization promoted conceptual, primarily time-based artist activities including performance art, video art, correspondence art, and artists’ use of new technologies. From 1976 the organization was located in a South of Market loft at 70 12th Street in San Francisco. The space featured a large performance area and gallery, bookstore, video viewing facility, and a growing archive and collection documenting alternative art activities. As an educational non-profit organization, its doors were open to students as well as curators seeking information about artist activities that were taking place outside mainstream museums and commercial galleries. In 1980 the organization began using the name Art Com.
Early activities included publication from 1975 to 1984 of an artist magazine in print variously entitled La Mamelle Magazine, then Art Contemporary, and finally Art Com Magazine, which ran to 25 issues. Other publications included the newspaper ...