In conjunction with the film series And Yet She Moves: Reviewing Feminist Cinema, the Walker Art Center will be screening Lynn Hershman Leeson’s documentary !Women Art Revolution from November 18-20. More than 40 years in the making, edited together from hundreds of hours of interview footage with artists such as Yvonne Rainer, Judy Chicago, Miranda July, Marina Abramovic, Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman, and many more, !W.A.R. ties the feminist art movement to the turbulent social upheavals of the 1960s and chronicles its impact on activism and alternative art over the last four decades. (An installation based on material collected for the film is also currently on display at the University of Minnesota’s Katherine E. Nash Gallery until December 3.)
The challenges and advancements detailed in !W.A.R. remain pertinent to modern artists, of course. This ongoing relevance will be discussed in an upcoming series of blog posts contributed by Minnesota-based female artists, all members of mnartists.org, an online hub for local artists and audiences catering to the development of the arts in Minnesota. Over the next week, the Walker film blog will be posting three responses to !Women Art Revolution by female artists of varying backgrounds and perspectives. Before and after the Walker’s screenings of the film this weekend, be sure to check back and peruse the artists’ entries, which we hope will spark lively discussion around a complex, endlessly-relevant film. In addition, mnartists.org will publish their own roundtable discussion regarding the film on their website, following the screenings this upcoming weekend.
!Women Art Revolution plays at the Walker Art Center on Friday, November 18, at 7:30pm; on Saturday, November 19, at 2:00pm, 4:00pm, and 7:30pm; and on Sunday, November 20, at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Lynn Hershman Leeson will be present to introduce the film and participate in a post-screening Q&A for Friday night’s screening.