Let’s go back in time. A more radical time. It’s 1985 and a group of anonymous vigilantes have flooded the streets. Armed with wheat paste and bold posters, the group is wearing gorilla masks and are set out to shame institutions, lawyers, politicians, and/or anyone who stood in their way. They called themselves the Guerrilla Girls and their unorthodox tactics of name calling and throwing out statistics have been instrumental since then, bringing light to the underrepresentation of female artists in the art world – and the world at large.
The Guerrilla Girls adopted masks and pseudonyms from their sister artists in the past, queens like Frida Kahlo, Gertrude Stein, and Kathe Kollwitz who helped heighten the theatrics of their public appearances. Practically, it also gave the women artists anonymity during a time when they had every reason to believe that institutions were launching counter attacks on their professional reputations as artists.
These posters are now regarded as valuable art and have developed into billboards, performances, protests, lectures, installations, and limited-edition prints. The group has even collaborated with the Tate Modern and MoMA even though their tactics were considered intimating advertising by those same establishments once.
You can be sure wherever discrimination lurks, the Guerrilla Girls are likely to strike again and this women’s history month you can celebrate by going to see one of these limited-edition installations in Philadelphia. Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerilla Girls in the Art World and Beyond will be on display at The Galleries at Moore, closing on March 17. The show examines the work and influence of the feminist activist artist group a long side Kara Springer female focused Ten Days Before Freedom, a Book of Hymns a photographic instillation showcase.
Curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman and organized by Columbia College in Chicago, Not Ready to Make Nice will be a major presentation for the Guerrilla Girls collective. Illuminating in context, explore the group’s past and present work that has been instrumental in provoking and influencing artist to champion their Feminism and bring social change.
You’ll be astounded at the collection and group’s most iconic campaigns and actions, especially some of the rarely seen international projects. One thing we are looking forward to is the promised behind-the-scenes photos and secret anecdotes that demonstrate the Guerrilla Girls’ process and the events that provoked their institutional shout outs.
You’ll even get to see their favorite “love letters and hate mail,” drawn from almost three decades of humorous, heart-warming and shocking communications and end by sharing your views with an interactive wall installation. We think you’ll find although anonymous, the feminist-activist Guerrilla Girls are as vital and revolutionary as ever.
The Philly Home Girls are avid supporters of the arts in Philadelphia. In fact our team leader, Jeanne Whipple holds a B.A from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Join the gallery March 15 for a live performance by an original member of the Guerrilla Girl artist collective followed by a discussion with exhibition curator Neysa Page-Lieberman. It is free of cost but does require you to register here, see you there!