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Guerilla Girl Attempts to Stay Relevant By Talking Georgia O’Keeffe

The Guerilla Girls caused a big stir in the late 1980s and 90s when they highlighted the disparity between female and male artists in the art world.

Flash forward to 2010, a founding member, “Frida Kahlo,” of the once revolutionary group talks to the Whitney about the Georgia O’Keeffe show that closed last month in New York and is currently on view at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

It’s curious that the video was uploaded on February 3, considering the New York show closed January 17. I seriously found myself experiencing a time warp as I listened to “Frida Kahlo” talk about O’Keeffe and her story. My favorite line, which just sounds silly, is, “The culture needed a female artist at that time.” I think that statement doesn’t do justice to O’Keeffe and her special brand of artistic brilliance.

If you didn’t see the gorilla mask, Kahlo’s voice could easily be mistaken for that of a curator, which begs the question, hasn’t the world changed? Are the Guerilla Girls even relevant anymore? Can’t female curators, art historians, bloggers, trustees, collectors, gallery owners, artists, critics, etc. hold their own and demand change whenever they deem it necessary to do so?

But on a more pressing issue, can someone please explain to me why the Guerilla Girls website is dominated by really horrible graphics? My eyes are seriously bleeding.

Whitney’s promotional video for the show is here. While over on Blip.tv, you can watch: Guerrilla Girls: Frida Kahlo Visits Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction if you can’t see it in this post.

Hat tip Hoogrrl

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