” . . . presents creative ways of drawing attention to injustice.”Ruth Latta, The Compulsive Reader
The Guerrilla Girls, a group of anonymous women who take the names of deceased female artists as pseudonyms, describe themselves as the “conscience of the art world.” Wearing gorilla masks, they use humor, facts and “outrageous visuals” to expose sexism, racism and corruption and “show that feminists can be funny.” In time for the 2002 Oscars, they unveiled anti-film industry billboards in Hollywood depicting the “Anatomically Correct Oscar: He’s white & male, just like the guys who win!” Their actions were inspired by a 1985 MOMA exhibit titled “An International Survey of Painting and Sculpture” that featured all white artists, of which thirteen out of 169 were women. No one took responsibility for the discrepancy, so the Guerrilla Girls publicly showed these records on posters in the streets of SoHo. Since then, they have created stickers, billboards, and posters, taught workshops internationally and written several books including The Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art.