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You’re Seeing Less Than Half The Picture…

20th Century
17 x 22 in. (43.2 x 55.9 cm)

Guerrilla Girls, American, b. 1985

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Poster
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Mrs. John C. Sigourney [Mary Singleton], B.A. 1949, Fund
Accession Number: 2016.7.6
The Guerrilla Girls are a collective of feminist artists and activists that first rattled the art world in 1985, by plastering New York City with street posters calling out museums for the discriminatory practices reflected on their gallery walls. Members of the collective wear gorilla masks in public to maintain anonymity and bring focus to issues rather than their own individual identities. When interviewed they generally use pseudonyms of dead female artists. Their art exposes corrupt authority figures and institutions in museums using facts, humor, and eye-catching visuals. They have done hundreds of projects (posters, actions, books, videos, stickers) all over the world, including direct interventions at museums and gallery spaces such as the 2015 projection on the façade of the Whitney Museum bringing attention to income inequality.

You’re Seeing Less Than Half the Picture uses a bold black text to frame a glaring white space, mirroring the need for diverse narratives in cultural institutions. This exhibition examines the choices of what we see in art museums and the consequences of erasure and a lack of representation. Inspired by the Guerrilla Girls, our show invites you to contemplate how we can include more complex dialogues with women and artists of color. How can we best respond to a tradition wherein a small number of artists and curators preserve a history of wealth and power?

--Amelia Ravitz-Dworkin, December 2018

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  • Sheet Dimensions: 17 x 22 in. (43.18 x 55.88 cm)

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