In 1985, a group of female artists, incensed by an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art that included 165 artists but only 17 women, founded the Guerrilla Girls. Calling themselves The Conscience of the Artworld, they started making posters that bluntly stated the facts of discrimination and used humor to convey information and provoke discussion. They assumed the names of dead women artists, and began wearing gorilla masks when they appeared in public, concealing their true identities and focusing on the issues rather than on their personalities.
Thousands of supporters own copies of their work, as do institutions such as the New York Public Library, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Getty. They have been the subject of countless articles in newspapers and magazines, and have spoken at colleges, universities, and museums all over the world.
We’re very excited to host Amei Wallach and the Guerrilla Girls for an ArtTable breakfast at our office on May 22, 2013. Amei Wallach is a film maker, art critic, and curator. In fact, the Guerrilla Girls made a cameo appearance in Wallach’s universally hailed feature-length documentary, Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine.
ArtTable was founded in 1980 and is dedicated to the visual arts and to advancing women’s leadership in the field.