Lynn Hershman Leeson and Eleanor Coppola, Mischief Makers
Mar 20, 2017
The San Francisco Chronicle
Leah Garchik

When Coppola’s husband, the already famous director Francis Ford Coppola, was out of town, the two women threw a party for collectors and art dealers from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Also invited were women from Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics, the prostitutes’ union known as COYOTE; guests were told they were in the crowd, but the specific women weren’t identified. As guests arrived, the hostesses greeted them from a basement ballroom. Specially arranged rooms included a bedroom wherein a video of Coppola giving birth played (the screen was tipped, she said, so people could hear it, but not quite see it). In the kitchen, guests were invited to peel potatoes, as homage to Joseph Beuys’ statement: “Even the act of peeling a potato can be an artistic act if it is consciously done.” Cooking expert Joyce Goldstein changed clothes at regular intervals, walking around the party in as many outfits as she could…