Provocative work by the anonymous Guerrilla Girls artists, a feminist collective famous for combining humor, hard facts and art on street posters, billboards and stickers is the subject of a new exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art. Their creations draw attention to the underrepresentation of women artists and artists of color in museums around the world. The exhibition features major works from rarely shown international projects tracking the group’s artistic and activist influence around the globe.
The exhibition titled “Not Ready to Make Nice” is organized by in-house curators Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art, and Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art, in partnership with Neysa Page-Lieberman, curator of “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond,” director and curator of the department of exhibitions, performance and student spaces at Columbia College Chicago.
“As the title of the show demonstrates, they tackle issues beyond inequality in the art world, and through their posters, billboards and performances, seek to raise our awareness on a wide range of social issues such as the biases of Hollywood or the fight for marriage equality,” said Gillespie.
The exhibition also includes documentary material depicting famous actions, behind-the-scenes photos, secret anecdotes from the movement and iconic work from the 1980s and 1990s illustrating the evolution of the group’s feminist-activist philosophy and unique approach to arts activism. The Guerrilla Girls maintain their anonymity by adopting the names of dead female artists and wearing gorilla masks. There are several interactive elements to the exhibition where visitors will be encouraged to leave comments and messages relating to the content of the show. “This is a great way to engage visitors, and to start a real dialogue about some of the issues the Guerrilla Girls raise,” said Gillespie.
Associated events include a gallery talk on Feb. 13 from 12:20-1:10 p.m. with curator Gillespie, and a panel discussion on Feb.19 at 5:30 p.m. sponsored by the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts with curator Page-Lieberman, Frida Kahlo, founding and current member of the Guerrilla Girls, and Romaine Brooks, former Guerrilla Girl. A reception sponsored by the Institute for Women’s Studies will follow.
The Georgia Museum of Art USA at the University of Georgia will present the exhibition “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond” Dec. 6 to March 1.