Guerrilla Girls at University of Minnesota Duluth

  • University of Minnesota Duluth 121 Ordean Court Duluth, MN, 55812 United States

Do you have to be naked to get into the Met Museum? This is one of the many questions that the Guerrilla Girls have asked as part of their statistical study of the gender and race of the artists whose work hangs in museums around the world. These questions and others will be explored at the University of Minnesota Duluth in January of 2016 through a gig for a public audience and a workshop targeting undergraduate students.

The Guerrilla Girls are concerned with the collection of information on discrimination (sexual and racial). On their website they describe their mission to answer the question, “How do you expose sexism, racism, and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture?” (http://www.guerrillagirls.com/index.shtml) Some of their most famous works call attention to the biases inherent in the history of art and evident in the collections of the most famous art museums but they also ask questions about gender and racial inequality. Performing in gorilla masks to protect their identities and adopting the names of women artists and authors from history, the group see themselves as educating the general public/ raising awareness by asking critical feminist questions. Their 2014 work returns to their foundational material and asks whether women have to be naked to appear in contemporary music videos. Their engagement with popular culture and their methodology facilitates further and deeper dialogue of issues of great concern in twenty-first century America.