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Artists and Activism: A View from Behind the Gorilla Mask
February 27, 2017
7:00 am
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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Two former members of the original Guerrilla Girls, a group of anonymous artists that formed in 1985 to expose inequality within the art world, discuss their experiences with the Guerrilla Girls, artwork that has been inspired by the group’s mission, and the ongoing efforts of artists to bring attention to the inequality that persists in the art world, often reflecting the attitudes and trends of society at large. The Guerrilla Girls have used humor and statistics to draw attention to the minimal representation of women and artists of color (and the frequent objectification of women in art) in museums and galleries. Members assume the names of historic women artists and wear gorilla masks in public to conceal their identities, focusing on the issues rather than individuals (a practice the speakers observe). The event coincides with the Zimmerli’s new exhibition “Guerrilla (And Other) Girls: Art/Activism/Attitude,” which includes the group’s witty and incisive posters, as well as works by women artists who have been aligned with the group’s mission. Over the 30 years of their history, the group has addressed issues such as gender, income inequality in the arts and in business, and the importance of funding for women’s health. The event is free and open to the public. Please note that the talk takes place in Voorhees Hall 105, adjacent to the Zimmerli; a reception follows in the museum lobby.
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Admission Costs : Free