Lynn Hershman Leeson attended the Walker premiere screening of her new film !Women Art Revolution (!W.A.R), then took to the stage for a discussion and to field audience questions.
!W.A.R. is a fascinating documentary that combines interviews, artwork, and rarely-seen archival film and video footage, collected over the past 40 years, to detail the evolution of the feminist art movement in the United States from 1968 to the present.
!W.A.R. ties the feminist art movement to 1960s anti-war and civil rights demonstrations, showing how historical events, such as the all-male exhibition protesting the US invasion of Cambodia, sparked the first of many feminist actions against major cultural institutions. !W.A.R. also details major developments in women’s art during the 1970s, including the opening of alternative art spaces such as the AIR Gallery in New York and the Los Angeles Woman’s Building. Chronicling the work of activists in recent decades, the film focuses on the Guerrilla Girls, the Women’s Art Coalition and other similar groups, as well as the publications and spaces they’ve engendered, and features such artists as Miranda July, Yvonne Rainer, Judy Chicago, Marina Abramovic, Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Carolee Schneemann, and countless other groundbreaking figures. 2010, video, 83 minutes.