MAIN GALLERY PRESENTED BY DIANE & SAM STEWART
OPENING RECEPTION: FEB 7, 2020
The Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous group of activist artists. They use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose bias and corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture. They have done hundreds of projects (posters, actions, books, videos, stickers) all over the world, as well as interventions and exhibitions inside museums, blasting them on their own walls for their discriminatory practices.
The Guerrilla Girls are intersectional feminists who fight for human rights for all people and all genders, and against ethnic and gender stereotypes, homophobia, trans- phobia, war, and income inequality. Over 55 individuals have been members of the Guerrilla Girls, some for weeks, some for decades. They wear gorilla masks in public and take the names of dead artists as pseudonyms. The Guerrilla Girls have always been diverse in age, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic class and ethnic background.
If you stand for nothing, then what will you fall for?
WHY THE GUERRILLA GIRLS? WHY HERE? WHY NOW?
In 1870, 150 years ago this year, Utah women became the first to vote in U.S. modern history. 100 years ago, the 19th amendment was past.
In 1931, nearly 90 years ago, in the middle of the Great Depression, UMOCA founder Alta Jensen and the other founders who stood with her, formed an organization on the platform of artistic freedom.
In 1984, 35 years ago, the Guerrilla Girls formed as “the conscience of the art world” to stand against sexism, racism, and inequality.
Such historical efforts to stand for change and progress were done so against a backdrop of political inequality, economic disparity, and sustained generational frustration, anger, inequality, racism, and fatigue.
Today, Utah is ranked No. 49 for the largest income gap between men and women. We exist in a community of sexual harassment, of #metoo, of divisiveness, of rampant racism, of rising hate, and nativism. Yet…
2020 IS A NEW YEAR.
WE STAND AT THE PRECIPICE OF A FUTURE YET TO BE DETERMINED.
As we enter this new decade, we stand as allies, committed towards a more equitable future.
We stand together united in our commitment towards a better, more inclusive world, drawing upon the legacies of those who came before us.
We stand for gender equality.
We stand for places and people that create and cultivate open dialogue, that hold a space for voices of all kinds.
We honor the authority and impact that comes from voices of all kinds and we celebrate creativity and diversity in Utah.
We call upon all institutions to be inclusive of a wide range of voices, perspectives, and genders, free of harassment.