Friday, April 15, 2011

Feminist Film of the Day: !Women Art Revolution (Video)

When you're a woman, it's hard to tell that you're being censored when you're not in a museum to begin with.

When Female Artists Were Storming the Gates -- In “!Women Art Revolution,” Lynn Hershman Leeson’s new documentary about the female artists of the 1970s and ’80s who fought to break through into the male-dominated American art world, a film crew asks people outside the Whitney Museum in New York in 2008 and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2009 if they can name three female artists. No one can.

It tells the stories of major figureheads in the feminist art movement like Judy Chicago, Nancy Spero and the Guerrilla Girls collective through a blend of archival footage, artist commentaries gathered by the filmmaker over 35 years and narration by Ms. Hershman Leeson.

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