In 1985, a bunch of in-your-face posters went up on the streets of New York and all hell broke loose. The Guerrilla Girls were born. Over a hundred posters, actions, books and billboards followed -- about art, art history, politics, film, theatre, social issues, pop culture, and corruption in the art world. Now, 26 years later, we present an exhibition of early Guerrilla Girls' posters, donated by founding member Liubov Popova to the Miriam Schapiro Archives on Women Artists (click here to view the posters), along with recent work by the Guerrilla Girls, Guerrilla Girls BroadBand, and Guerrilla Girls On Tour!
In 1985, a group of women artists founded the Guerrilla Girls. They assumed the names of dead women artists and wore gorilla masks in public, concealing their identities and focusing on the issues rather than their personalities. Between 1985 and 2000, close to 100 women, working collectively and anonymously, produced posters, billboards, public actions, books and other projects to make feminism funny and fashionable. At the turn of the millennium, three separate and independent incorporated groups formed to bring fake fur and feminism to new frontiers: Guerrilla Girls, Inc., was established by two founding Guerrilla Girls and other members to continue the use of provocative text, visuals and humor in the service of feminism and social change. They have written several books and create projects about the art world, film, politics and pop culture. They travel the world, talking about the issues and their experiences as feminist masked avengers, reinventing the "f" word into the 21st century. Guerrilla Girls On Tour! Inc., is a touring theatre collective founded by three former members of the Guerrilla Girls. Guerrilla Girls On Tour! develops plays, performances, street theatre actions and residency programs that dramatize women's history and address the lack of opportunities for women and artists of color in the performing arts. Guerrilla Girls BroadBand, Inc., was formed by a founding Guerrilla Girl, four former members of the Guerrilla Girls and a bevy of young, next-generation feminists and artists of color. "The Broads" combat sexism, racism and social injustice, exploring such taboo subjects as feminism and fashion and discrimination in the wired workplace through their website and live interactive activist events.