Copyright © 2011 by Guerrilla Girls
WOMEN AND ARTISTS OF COLOR ARE NOT SEEING THE LIGHT OF DAY!
EXPOSE MUSEUMS THAT KEEP THEM DOWN UNDER
Ready to Print is an online and gallery exhibition organized by curators Andrea Rocca and Dorothee Richter, with the assistance of 12 curatorial postgraduate students at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZhDK.) It premiered at The White Space :: Office for Curating and Theory in Zurich during the month of September, 2011. It is also at On-curating.org.
ABOUT READY TO PRINT: The aim of the project is to create infinitely reproducible editions that can be accessed and consumed by anyone with a computer and printer. Thirteen artists are invited create one work in digital PDF format; sized A0, comprised of 16 A4 sheets of paper. The work will be uploaded onto the internet at On-curating.org. and available to anyone who has access to the internet, a computer and a printer.
ABOUT THE GUERRILLA GIRLS' PROJECT FOR READY TO PRINT: As part of our large scale installation at the Venice Biennale a few years ago, we researched the historical museums of Venice. We discovered that every museum in Venice, except one, owned art by women, but almost all of it was kept in the basements, in storage, not hanging in the galleries. After the Biennale we looked at other museums in Europe and the US, and found the same situation. Most museums have only a paltry number of women artists and artists of color on exhibit -- even contemporary museums. The more we thought about it, we couldn't resist creating this image of great women artists from history locked in a dungeon, out of sight. So here are Vigée-Le Brun, Berthe Morisot, Yayoi Kusama, Sonia Delaunay, Edmonia Lewis, Ana Mendieta, Pan Yuliang, Alice Neel and others peering out from behind the prison of art history.
TAKE ACTION! Print as many posters as you like paste them on or near the museum of your choice. Mail or email thousands of copies to museum directors, curators, and the donors who fund the place. Tell them it's not OK. Tell them they can't write the history of their culture without including all the voices of their culture. Tell them to FREE the Women Artists of Europe!
DOWNLOAD THE PRINTABLE A0 SIZE HERE
Thanks for helping us make trouble!
Love, Guerrilla Girls