"The Guerrilla Girls Are The Feminist Masked Avengers The Art World Still Needs," by Priscilla Frank, The Huffington Post
We had always hoped the real life super-heroines of our time would wear masks. And then there were the Guerrilla Girls, a feminist art collective that started kicking the art world's ass 20 years ago -- disguises and all.
Donning gorilla masks and mini skirts, and sporting pseudonyms of deceased lady artists like Frida Kahlo, Kathe Kollwitz, and Alma Thomas, the avengers aimed to shed light on the inequality of major art world traditions and institutions, using dismal facts and razor sharp wit to restore justice to a faulty system.
An upcoming exhibition at the Pomona College Museum of Art entitled "Guerrilla Girls: Art in Action" looks back on the protests, artworks and flagrant acts of misogyny shaming that have punctuated the Guerrilla legacy. Through stickers, posters, billboards, dialogues, debates, and of course the beloved "weenie counts" (counting up the criminal stats of women and artists of color in major museums), the Girls raise awareness and spread accountability regarding racism and sexism in the arts.