Guerrilla Girls In Our Midst: 1984-1987

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The booming 1980s New York City art scene saw the emergence of a feminist art collective known as the Guerrilla Girls who exposed contemporary art world sexism and racism. In cheeky posters plastered all over the gallery district, they employed simple statistics for the purposes of social critique. The historical context of this game lies at the intersection between 1970s feminist activism and the triumph of the New Right. Collectors flush with cash from Reaganomics deregulation seek out art in pursuit of deep meaning for their lives – or maybe just of deep profits from good investments. Primary texts include selections from Linda Nochlin, Lucy Lippard, Clement Greenberg, Phyllis Schlafly, and Ayn Rand. Major questions for debate range from whether the art world is sexist and should embrace affirmative action to whether artistic quality even matters, who gets to determine such quality, and whether one can legitimately tie quality to sincerity of expression within a postmodern world.

About the Author:

Marie Gasper-Hulvat is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Kent State University at Stark.  Her research interests include pedagogy of Art History as well as early Stalinist art, visual culture, and exhibition practices.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University, OH, and her master’s degree and doctorate from Bryn Mawr College.  She co-authored a chapter in Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past and has published articles in Art History Pedagogy and Practice and Res:  Anthropology and Aesthetics.  Her current project is a monograph on the late-life work of Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich.  In addition to Guerrilla Girls, she has authored two Reacting microgames in development:  The Salon of 1863 and Fountain: The Society of Independent Artists, 1917.