This excerpt from !Women Art Revolution introduces the Guerilla Girls, the proclaimed “conscience of the art world”, who draw attention to injustice and under-representation across artistic platforms and institutions. Several members discuss their origin story and modus operandi, including “the penis countdown”.
Combining archival images and footage with an interview from 2006, the year she passed, this excerpt from !WAR focuses on the late great curator, museum director and arts writer Marcia Tucker. She describes the sexism in the hiring and salary practices of the art world when she was named curator of painting and sculpture at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1969, and how she came to found the highly respected and influential New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.
In 1977, artists Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz put on “Three Weeks in May”, a collaboration that combined performance with activism to address violence against women in Los Angeles. In this clip from upcoming documentary !Women Art Revolution, Labowitz and Lacy (with some help from Judy Chicago), characterize the milieu out of which this piece arose, and how they used art as a way to create alternative, interruptive images to catalyze awareness and change ("In Mourning and In Rage"). This excerpt of the film includes an interview of Leslie Labowitz shot by Peter Kirby.