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“The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist” poster by the Guerilla Girls

Anonymous collective for equity in art museums

In the mid-1980s, an anonymous collective called the Guerrilla Girls began creative activism demanding equal representation for women and nonwhite artists in major museums, plastering the city with eye-catching posters attacking persistent sexism and racism in the art world. Today, the Guerrilla Girls—known for wearing gorilla masks—continue using humor, facts, and flamboyant visuals to expose gender and ethnic bias, while emphasizing feminism’s necessity in 21st century art and society.

The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Date
1988
Accession Number
2009-20-1
Catalogue Status
Research in Progress
Description
White political poster with black text. Text reads: "THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING A WOMAN ARTIST:/ Working without the pressure of success./ Not having to be in shows with men./ Having an escape from the art world in your 4 free-lance jobs./ Knowing your career might pick up after you're eighty./ Being reassured that whatever kind of art you make it will be labeled feminine./ Not being stuck in a tenured teaching position./ Seeing your ideas live on in the works of others./ Having the opportunity to choose between a career and motherhood./ Not having to choke on those big cigars or paint in Italian suits./ Having more time to work after your mate dumps you for someone younger./ Being included in revised versions of art history./ Not having to undergo the embarassment of being called a genius./ Getting your pictures in the art magazines wearing a gorilla suit./ Please send $ and comments to: Guerilla Girls Conscience of the Art World/ Box 1056 Cooper Sta. NY, NY 10276."
Credit Line
Gift of Sara and Marc Benda
Designer
Guerrilla Girls, USA, established 1985
designed in
USA
Medium
Photo-offset lithograph on paper
Dimensions
43.1 x 56 cm (16 15/16 x 22 1/16 in.)
Data Source
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice
© Guerrilla Girls, courtesy guerrillagirls.com
Type
graphic design
Object Name
Poster
Type
Poster
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq47bc0dcaa-9deb-4cf4-bab1-a0e6c53d4e39
Record ID
chndm_2009-20-1
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