The Guerrilla Girls define themselves as a feminist activist group “using facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose gender and ethnic bias as well as corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture.” The group of anonymous activists well known for wearing a gorilla mask in public appearances was formed in 1985 in the aftermath of protests in response to an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1984. Titled “An International Survey of Recent Paintings and Sculpture,” curated by Kynaston McShine, it included 165 artists, only 13 of them women.
MASP presented a retrospective of 116 works, including two new Brazilian ones, based on GG’s most well know posters. They both speak about the difficulties of being a woman artist in a male dominated art world/history: The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist (1988, 2017) [img. 24, 116] and Do Women Have to be Naked to Get into the Met (1989) (Img. 24) and now into the MASP (2017) [img. 117]. In the latter, the play is with the contrast between the small number of female artists in comparison to the high number of female nudes in the collection display at the Metropolitan Museum in New York (5% and 85% in 1989, 4% and 76% in 2011) and at the MASP (6% and 60% in 2017).
Learn more about The Guerrilla Girls here (link)