Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wiki & Abstracts (no. 23) - W.A.R.

I know documentary week is over, but when I came across the documentary film "W.A.R." I had to blog about it.

For over forty years, Director Lynn Hershman Leeson has collected hundreds of hours of interviews with visionary artists, historians, curators and critics who shaped the beliefs and values of the Feminist Art Movement and reveal previously undocumented strategies used to politicize female artists and integrate women into art structures.

!Women Art Revolution elaborates on the  Feminist Art Movement in the 1960s anti-war and in the civil rights movements.

New ways of thinking about the complexities of gender, race, class, and sexuality evolved. The GUERRILLA GIRLS emerged as the conscience of the art world and held academic institutions, galleries, and museums accountable for discrimination practices. Over time, the tenacity and courage of these pioneering women artists resulted in what many historians now feel is the most significant art movement of the late 20th century.

Women of today, in the art industry especially, owe a lot to these women and the battle they fought to become more equal in this modern world. The Guerrilla Girls and other notable women used the media to spread their message. They are a great historical footnote in media history because for the first time women were able to bring their suppressed voices to a mass audience.

Here's the documentary's Offical Trailer!

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