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Guerrilla Girls

Written by: Communicator StaffNovember 08, 2014

Written By: Madolyn Murray

“Not Ready to Make Nice: The Guerrilla Girls in the Art World and Beyond,” a lecture and book signing tied into IPFW’s 2014 Woman’s Studies One Book Program, will be held on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7:30pm, in the Rhinehart Recital Hall. The event will feature Freda Kahlo, one of the original Guerrilla Girls. There will also be a book discussion and lunch over “The Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art” on Wednesday Nov. 19 at noon in Room 235 of the Rhinehart Music Center. Attendance to this event requires an RSVP through wost@ipfw.edu or 481-6711.
The One Book program, started in 2009, encourages community discussion on a feminist book each year. Dr. Janet Badia, director of the Woman’s Studies program, based the idea on a similar One Book program at her previous university. Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous feminist protest collective started in 1985, known for their use of satirical humor against the lack of non-male, non-white representation in art. They’re also against sexism, racism and homophobia in culture and politics. Group members wear gorilla masks and use the names of dead female artists, such as Frida Kahlo, in their protests, which continues to be irreverent. For example, when Pharrell requested the Guerrilla Girls’ include their work in his G I R L exhibition in the Galerie Perrotin Paris, the Girls agreed only if they could feature two new art pieces. The featured pieces were remixed classic artwork, one featuring a still from “Blurred Lines” calling out sexist representation of women in music videos and the other calling out Perrotin for their lack of solo exhibits by female artists. Kahlo indicated more potential protests against women’s portrayals in music videos, saying “SURE. We have always “blurred lines” between art, film, politics and pop culture!”