Feminist Art-Guerrilla Girls
Now if you are my Art History teacher, you would be adamant that there is no such thing as gender discrimination and therefore no such thing as feminism, that it was and is still an idea started in the 70s by women who had too much time on their hands. However, if you are any other normal, functioning person, you will realize that the feminist movement is an actual, legitimate thing. Though often unavoidable because of society norms of the past, female artists have been around for awhile and pretty much since that time, there’s been discrimination.
In 1985 a group of female artists decided to do something about it. They formed the Guerrilla Girls. They “assumed the names of dead women artists, wore gorilla masks in public, and produced produced posters, billboards, public actions, books and other projects to make feminism funny and fashionable.” They started with the first picture in this set, in response to the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition,”An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture”, which showcased 169 artists; out of those 169, only 17 were women. The poster satirizes the second picture in this set, Grande Odalisque, by Ingres, which was painted by the artist to glamorize women in harems and play to ideas of women as objects of desire. The third picture is another example Guerrilla Girl art, putting a funny and satirical taste to the serious issue of discrimination. The last picture in this set is an example of modern day Guerrilla Girl art, as they are still at large in 3 separate but similar organizations of female artists who lobby for equality for female artists and artists of color. This poster was displayed in a recent exhibition this month(!) at Columbia College Chicago.
Link to a really cool and official (literally) Guerrilla Girl website:http://www.guerrillagirls.com/
Check out this piece of recent history/history in the making! It’s hilarious and educational!