pjvj (pjvj) wrote,

The Guerrilla Girls presentation

 I was pleased to see a well mixed crowd in age and some men in the audience. I was less pleased by the lack of diversity in race in the audience. Over the years the GGs have more associated with the issue of women in art and people of color maybe in a secondary manner because they started and remain feminists first.

They present lots of stats. Some things have changed in the art world, many have not. The focus is on art museums, but they include all art mediums in their stats and presentations. The lecture hall was sold out so this was a good thing. I was pleased to see that they can come back over and over and are still sold out in 2013. Hhhmmm ... maybe I am displeased, too, since if there were no longer a need for their voice the art world would already be what they wish it to be.

The Guerrilla Girls are feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman. How do we expose sexism, racism and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture? With facts, humor and outrageous visuals. We reveal the understory, the subtext, the overlooked, and the downright unfair. Our work has been passed around the world by our tireless supporters. Just in the last several years, we’ve appeared at over 100 universities and museums, as well as 
The New York Times, Interview,The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Bitch, and Artforum; on NPR, the BBC and CBC; and in many art and feminist texts. We are authors of stickers, billboards, many, many posters and street projects, and several books including The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art and Bitches, Bimbos and Ballbreakers: The Guerrilla Girls' Guide to Female Stereotypes. We’re part of Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women Campaign in the UK; we're brainstorming with Greenpeace. We've unveiled anti-film industry billboards in Hollywood just in time for the Oscars, and created a large scale installation for the Venice Biennale, and street projects for Krakow, Istanbul, Mexico City and Montreal. We dissed the Museum of Modern Art at its own Feminist Futures Symposium, examined the museums of Washington DC in a full page in the Washington Post, and exhibited large-scale posters and banners in London, Athens, Bilbao, Montreal, Rotterdam, Sarajevo and Shanghai. 

WHAT'S NEXT? More creative complaining! More facts, humor and fake fur! More appearances, actions and artworks. We could be anyone; we are everywhere. 

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