Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond

Exhibition Dates: March 1 - April 21, 2012

Opening Reception: March 1, 5-8pm

 Not Ready to Make Nice, a major presentation of the Guerrilla Girls, illuminates and contextualizes the important historical and ongoing work of these highly original, provocative and influential artists who champion feminism and social change. Focusing primarily on recent work from the past decade, the exhibition features rarely shown international projects that trace the collective’s artistic and activist influence around the globe. In addition, a selection of iconic work from the 80’s and 90’s illustrates the formative development of the group’s philosophy and conceptual approach to arts activism. The exhibition is further punctuated by documentary material including ephemera from famous actions, behind-the-scenes photos and secret anecdotes that reveal the Guerrilla Girls’ process and the events that drive their incisive institutional interventions. Visitors can peruse the artists’ favorite “love letters and hate mail,” and are invited to contribute their own voices to multiple interactive installations. This multimedia, expansive exhibition illustrates that the work of the anonymous, feminist-activist Guerrilla Girls is as vital and revolutionary as ever.

Spanning two galleries, artwork is organized by theme: Glass Curtain Gallery features work related to the visual art world of museums and galleries, and A+D Gallery focuses on work “beyond” this spectrum including film, politics and feminism.

Not Ready to Make Nice is curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman.

This exhibition is part of a college-wide year-long program organized by DEPS and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media,  of which the Guerrilla Girls are one of the 2011-2012 Fellows. The program includes a series of public programming, workshops and an accompanying student activist exhibition, see below.


Exhibition Programming:

Public Conversation: March 1, 2012, 6:00-7:00PM: Neysa Page-Lieberman, Exhibition Curator and Director, Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces and Jane M. Saks, Executive Director, Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, will be in conversation and conduct an audience Q&A with the Guerrilla Girls. Sponsored by the Art + Design Lecture Series.
Educator/Student Open House:
March 2, 11:30am-1:00pm: Open house and conversation with Chicago-area educators, students and activists with the Guerrilla Girls. Additional details to follow. Please RSVP for this program to
Fellowship with the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media: Click here for more info.                                                                         
October Residency for Columbia College Students:

October 17 & 18, Book + Paper Graduate Student Workshop
October 19, Art Direction Workshop
October 20, AEMM Marketing Student Sponsored Open Roundtable with the Guerrilla Girls                  
See pictures
from all the workshops here!                                 
First Generation Exhibition a student activist exhibition curated by Fine Arts student, Sharon Sanchez. This exhibition partners with Critical Encounters to feature work produced during the October Residency as well as other student work addressing the new generation of activists.

Academic Partners: Major partners of the Guerrilla Girls project include Critical Encounters, Art + Design, Book + Paper, AEMM and Marketing.
Exhibition Contact: Mark Porter / / 312-369-6643
Gallery Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11am - 5pm, Thursday 11am - 8pm, Saturday 11 am - 5pm

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Press and Reviews:

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