WOMEN AND ARTISTS OF COLOR ARE NOT SEEING THE LIGHT OF DAY! EXPOSE MUSEUMS THAT KEEP THEM DOWN UNDER
GUERRILLA GIRLS' PROJECT FOR READY TO PRINT: As part of our large scale installation at the Venice Biennale in 2005, we researched the historical museums of Venice and discovered that every museum in Venice, except one, owned art by women, but almost all of it was kept in basement 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.
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.
We put our poster about hate speech and violence toward women on the front of a Los Angeles gun shop. Documentation of our action appeared at SUPERMARKET - Stockholm Independent Art Fair Kulturhuset, 2012, Stockholm Sweden, as part of Public Domain: A project by Lo and Behold curated by Artemis Potamianou and Giorgos Papadatos.
A MESSAGE TO MUSEUMS: TIME FOR GENDER REASSIGNMENT
It's always annoyed us that lots of museums have the names of famous artists inscribed on their facades … and none are women. So, we've come up with a solution. This poster premiered in an exhibition of recent work at Columbia College Chicago, March, 2012. If any curator out there wants to step up and let us perform the surgery on their museum, let us know.
We went to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and counted the number of women artists on exhibit versus the number of female nudes in the art works. This poster traveled around Boston during our exhibition "Not Ready to Make Nice" at Monserrat College of Art Gallery. Few women artists can get their work shown INSIDE the Boston MFA, but we can make lots of trouble OUTSIDE. When the MFA saw our billboard truck, they immediately tweeted they are trying to do better.
OUR BILLBOARD IN MINNEAPOLIS AGAINST THE DISCRIMINATORY MARRIAGE AMENDMENT
We’re using Michelle Bachmann’s own words to help defeat an amendment on the 2012 ballot in Minnesota that would ban same-sex marriage. The billboard company was iffy on putting this up, but eventually agreed. Will they take it down if they get complaints from MB? The money to rent the billboard was donated by Artists in Storefronts, Cult Status Gallery and concerned Minnesotans. Thanks!
There's also a Voter ID amendment on the 2012 ballot in Minnesota, so we did a flyer to remind Minnesotans that to get IDs, they have to pay and pay. We all know that Voter ID laws are not about voter fraud, which rarely occurs. They are a right wing attempt to prevent people from voting -- especially poor people.