“Do women have to be naked to get into a museum?”, asks Guerrilla Girl Frida Kahlo.
Tuesday night at Sursa Hall on the Ball State campus, we had a gorilla in our midst! Well, sorta. The museum, art department, and several other organizations on campus hosted a founding memeber of the Guerrilla Girl, “Frida Kahlo”. The Guerrilla Girls are a feminist activist group that criticizes art, culture, and politics. The Girls wear gorilla masks (Frida’s was adorned with pink lipstick!) to conceal their identity. They’re more concerned about being heard than gaining personal fame. One of their main goals is to make known the discrimination of female artists in museums and the art market. They accomplish that goal by giving these talks, publishing books, slapping confrontational stickers in public places, and challenging museums around the world to present more female artist and less female nudes.
Frida talked about gender and race inequality and that it is an issue in all career fields, not just art. She even encourages everyone to create their own masked avenger group to help show the discrimination in the different work fields (just don’t pick gorilla masks, that’s already been done!).
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