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July 2, 2011

The Guerrilla Girls Talk Back - NMWA, Washington DC

The Guerrilla Girls Talk Back 
National Museum of Women in the Arts - NMWA, Washington DC 
Through October 2, 2011 

GUERRILLA GIRLS
Guerrilla Girls (active1985- )
Untitled, 1986 
From the series “Guerilla Girls Talk Back: The First Five Years,” 1985-1990 
Color photolithograph on paper - 17 x 22 in. 
Courtesy National Museum of Women in the Arts,
Gift of Steven Scott, Baltimore,
in honor of Wilhelmina Cole Holladay 

The Guerrilla Girls Talk Back is an exhibition featuring more than 70 works by the gorilla-masked crusaders, including posters, newsletters, stickers and erasers. The Guerrilla Girls Talk Back is on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts –NMWA– in Washington DC since June 17, through October 2, 2011. 

The Guerrilla Girls, a group of anonymous artist-activists, critique the sexism and racism pervading contemporary culture. Through their populist art production, the group raises awareness about discrimination. 
GUERRILLA GIRLS
Guerrilla Girls (active1985- )
Hormone Imbalance. Melanin deficiency, 1993
From the series “Guerilla Girls Talk Back: Portfolio 2” 
Photolithograph on paper - 17 x 11 in. 
Courtesy National Museum of Women in the Arts,
Gift of Steven Scott, Baltimore,
in honor of Wilhelmina Cole Holladay 


Drawn primarily from NMWA’s collection, the exhibition presents posters from two portfolios, Guerrilla Girls Talk Back: The First Five Years, 1985-1990 and Guerrilla Girls Talk Back: Portfolio 2, both donated to the museum by Baltimore-based collector Steven Scott.

The first Guerrilla Girls posters appeared in 1985, pasted onto structures in lower Manhattan. Combining bold advertising-style graphics with eye-opening facts and figures, the posters detailed discrimination by the city’s art galleries against women artists and artists of color. Since then, the group has produced scores of posters, billboards, and books to promote inclusiveness in the cultural and political realms.

GUERRILLA GIRLS
Guerrilla Girls (active1985- )
Erase Discrimination, 1999
Pink rubber with ink screenprint
1 1/8 x 2 1/2 x 1/4 in. each 
Collection of the Akron Museum of Art 
Photo: Courtesy Akron Art Museum 


Humor is a vital part of the Guerrilla Girls’s art, making the serious messages of their works accessible and engaging. In addition to the wry texts in their printed materials, members of the group wear gorilla masks that protect their anonymity during the lectures and actions/protests that they present worldwide. The group produces their works in quantity to reach a broad audience. Over the years, the Guerrilla Girls have broadened their range of targets for critique to include sexism and racism in Hollywood and the mass media; art censorship; government corruption and apathy; and the battle for reproductive rights.

GUERRILLA GIRLS
Guerrilla Girls (active1985- ) 
Horror on the National Mall!, 2007 
Color photolithograph on paper 
23 x 13 in. 
Courtesy National Museum of Women in the Arts,
Gift of Steven Scott, Baltimore,
in honor of Wilhelmina Cole Holladay


National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) 
Washington, DC 
Website: www.nmwa.org 

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Nice

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