Thirty years ago, a band of anonymous women artists in gorilla masks began raising hell about discrimination, sexism, and racism in the art world and beyond. In celebration of the Guerrilla Girls’ 30th anniversary as an activist art collective, the Walker and a consortium of Twin Cities arts and cultural organizations are pleased to announce the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover, a weeklong festival to be held February 29 through March 6, 2016. Aimed at inspiring individual and collective activism, this project brings together more than 20 local cultural and educational institutions in an unprecedented spirit of partnership and collaboration that also has a strong youth focus. The result will be a multifaceted array of youth-oriented events, museum and gallery installations, public art works and new commissions, as well as public talks and programs for the community across the Twin Cities. (For more info, check out ggtakeover.com.)
In preparation for the Takeover, the Guerrilla Girls will visit the Twin Cities this fall to conduct interactive workshops with more than ten youth and teen programs, as well as students at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and St. Catherine University Department of Art and Art History. These workshops and classroom visits will form the basis of the Takeover as well as inform the creation of new art works by the Guerrilla Girls that will respond specifically to issues of concern raised in Minnesota and the Twin Cities and be presented in multiple locations.
On January 21, 2016, and in anticipation of the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover, the Walker will present a monumental wall installation in its collection galleries specifically conceived of and designed by the Guerrilla Girls. Included will be a selection of Guerrilla Girls posters from the Walker’s recently acquired Guerrilla Girls’ archive Portfolio Compleat, a boxed set of 88 posters created by the anonymous female artists between the years 1985, the year of the group’s founding, and 2012. As new posters are created, the Walker’s collection will be updated so as to remain a complete repository of the collective’s posters. This installation forms part of the ongoing exhibition Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections, which features prescient acquisitions from the Walker’s collections during its 75th anniversary year. The following posters—some of my personal favorites—represent the breadth of the Guerrilla Girls’ inspiring, activist work over the decades, exposing sexism and racism in politics, the art world, and culture at large.