GUERRILLA GIRLS: Rattling Cages Since 1985

Florida SouthWestern State College is pleased to present GUERRILLA GIRLS: Rattling Cages Since 1985 – a site-specific survey exhibition and newly-commissioned, interactive installation at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery from January 17th – March 23rd, 2019.

An internationally-renowned feminist advocacy and art collective, the Guerrilla Girls maintain anonymity while confronting and addressing systemic problems of gender and racial parity in the art world.  Attacking art institutions for discriminatory and inequitable practices on their own gallery walls, the Guerrilla Girls have designed a participatory chalkboard installation for visitor “complaints” and covered the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery floor-to-ceiling with an immersive selection of the group’s most notable public art/protest poster campaigns.

 

“Our anonymity keeps the focus on the issues, and away from who we might be.”  As the Guerrilla Girls readily acknowledge: “We wear gorilla masks in public and use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose gender and ethnic bias as well as corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture.  We undermine the idea of a mainstream narrative by revealing the understory, the subtext, the overlooked, and the downright unfair.  We believe in an intersectional feminism that fights discrimination and supports human rights for all people and all genders.”

The subject of recent retrospectives in Europe and a traveling U.S. museum exhibition (Guerrilla Girls: Not Ready To Make Nice) and as guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Guerrilla Girls have been speaking up and speaking out to demand change for more than three decades.  According to Frida Kahlo (a Guerrilla Girl who adopted the late, great Mexican artist’s name as a nom de guerre in her honor): “Wearing this mask gives you a certain kind of freedom to say whatever you want… [If] you’re a little afraid to speak, put a mask on…  You won’t believe what comes out of your mouth!”

 

This exhibition and billboard project is made possible by the generous support of the Diamond District and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.

 

For other Destination Tampa Bay area exhibits check one of these out:

 James Michael

MFA St Pete

James Museum

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