Spotlight Artist: Guerilla Girls

Guerrilla Girls is an anonymous group of radical feminist, female artists devoted to fighting sexism and racism within the art world.[1] The group formed in New York City in 1985 with the mission of bringing gender and racial inequality into focus within the greater arts community. The group employs culture jamming in the form of posters, books, billboards, and public appearances to expose discrimination and corruption. To remain anonymous, members don gorilla masks and use pseudonyms that refer to deceased female artists. According to GG1, identities are concealed because issues matter more than individual identities, "[M]ainly, we wanted the focus to be on the issues, not on our personalities or our own work." (excerpt from wikipedia)

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Essential Questions

  • What is the state of female artists' representation in museums?

  • How is it different fromthe 1980's when this group started?

  • How does their choice of animinity affect the meaning of the work?

  • How does their choice of medium (billboards, newspaper ads, art actions), affect their content?

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