Guerrilla/Gorilla

Guerrilla Girls, Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?, 1989. Poster.

This week, I am teaching a class on Feminist Art. A big (and probably too broad) topic, I know, but one which I want to approach carefully and well as there are so many divergent approaches and opinions.  My personal interest is in women’s and girl’s portrayal in contemporary photography, but some of the best feminist art is in the 1970s and 80s.  In brushing up on my Guerrilla Girls information, I came across their fantastic website. One of the best parts is the interview explaining how the group got started in the 1980s, why they remain anonymous, and just what is with those gorilla masks. Check it out!

(Also, Art History points for whoever can name the French painting off of which this poster is based)

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2 thoughts on “Guerrilla/Gorilla

  1. The painting appropriated by the GG is by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, “Grande Odalisque,” 1814, oil, now in the Louvre.

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