Feminism – The Guerrilla Girls


The ‘Guerilla Girls’ is a since 1985 anonymous operating group of female artists from New York City, whose characteristic is wearing gorilla masks and producing posters in order to pay attention on the exclusion of women and coloured people in arts.


The members are using pseudonyms of dead atists like Frida Kahlo, Eva Hesse, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Kaethe Kollwitz, Gertrude Stein and Georgia O’Keeffe. The group’s size and the members are unknown. The Guerilla Girls were born in 1985 after a few members-to-be attended an exhibition in Museum of Modern Art in New York. They recognized that only 13 out of the 169 artists were women. The number of coloured artists was even smaller and none of them were women either.


‘Do women have to be naked to get into the Met Museum?’ was one of their most famous campaign in 1989. The Guerrilla Girls started counting naked males and naked females in the artworks of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as the numbers of female artists in the collection. Finally they discovered that less than 5% of the artists were women, but 85% of the nudes were female. The poster was run as an ad in New York’s public buses as it was rejected by the Public Art Fund. It has been reproduced in many books from art history to women’s studies. The Guerrilla Girls are bringing secsessions and reestablishments forward and can be booked for gigs and workshops as part of their concept. 






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