Art Nerd: Guerilla Girls at the Krannert Art Museum

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 Everyone knows the Guerilla Girls. Right? In case you didn’t know, the Guerilla Girls are this rad collective of anonymous female artists that were active beginning in the 1980s.  Their work protested the disgraceful underrepresentation of female artists in museums and galleries and their treatment in the male-centric art world.  By appropriating classic works of art to don gorilla masks (which the women also wore) and adding facts about the women in art (for example, the one below says, “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum? Less than 4% of the artists in Modern Art sections are women, 76% of the nudes are female.”) They really opened up the dialogue of the ways art history is written, structured, and presented, but these problems still exist.  For example, The History of Art and Architecture Club (HAAC) took a trip down to the University of Illinois to check out their Guerilla Girls exhibition.  As my friend Arielle pointed out, it’s amazing to be in the gallery of this feminist exhibit and then to go into the next room to be faced with a 19th century male artist celebration.  Even with museums like the Krannet that have the Guerilla Girls show is sort of trapped within the confines of their preexisting, largely male collection.   Do they have female artists’ works that think believe aren’t worthy to be shown?  Or is it just a gaping hole in their collection?  These obviously aren’t problems easily solved, but it’s exhibits like this that get you riled up to try.

Us HAAC women posing with the Guerilla Girls

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