Chicago kicks off Women’s History Month with a little help from the Guerrilla Girls, also known as “the masked avengers” a renowned collective of feminist artists. Characterized by their "facts, humor, and fur" the group developed in the 1980s presenting disturbing social, economical, and political facts anonymously through the use of gorilla masks and guerilla tactics, challenging art and the institution.
Currently on view in two Columbia College galleries, Glass Curtain Gallery and A + D Gallery, Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond, unveils the brilliant work of these influential artists while contextualizing its history and providing the opportunity for the Guerrilla Girls’ recent work to be shown in a gallery. The group's work has traveled primarily internationally and has hardly been shown in the last decade. Chicagoans and visitors alike should take this opportunity to experience this powerful and important work first-hand while it's on view in several exhibition spaces around town.
This multimedia exhibition features everything from the Guerrilla Girls’ large-scale banners and posters, photography, documentaries and interviews, and there was even an opportunity to have a conversation with the artists that took place during the opening reception on March 1. Glass Curtain Gallery is showcasing work related to the visual artworld of museums and galleries; A+D Gallery is showcasing work "beyond" the spectrum of museums and galleries, including film, politics and issues relating to feminism. Both exhibitions are on view now through April 21, 2012.
The Guerrilla Girls are also featured in the current exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) in This Will Have Been: Art, Love, & Politics in the 1980s, on view through June 30.
Glass Curtain Gallery: 1104 S. Wabash, Chicago (60605)
A+D Gallery: 619 S. Wabash, Chicago (60605)
MCA: 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago (60611)