Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Feminist Art

Kudos to the Washington Post for running a feature on feminist art in last weekend's outlook section. I found the section to be well rounded -- it focused on individual artists, like Judy Chicago, the ghettoization of feminist art, and modern female artists as well as the history of feminist art.

Of course, what section on feminist art would be complete without a new action by the Guerilla Girls? This time around, the girls point out the ABYSMAL representation of women in our nation's art museums, and in the chat, GG Frida Kahlo points out "The Hirshhorn Collection for example is 85% male, 15% female yet the art work on exhibit right now is 95% male and 5% female. Women artists, under-represented in the collections, are being further edited out of the exhibitions. It's even worse for artists of color. And these museums are our national museums, supported by our tax dollars. Everyone has the right to complain about it." The stats for white artists vs. artists of color are even worse.

Want to complain? Here are the contact emails for the museums mentioned in the GG Action:

Hirshorn - hmsginquiries@si.edu
National Gallery of Art - curatorial-records@nga.gov
National Portrait Gallery - NPGExhibitions@si.edu
American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery - HarveyE@saam.si.edu

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