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!Women Art Revolution

A lifetime of searching for women's work in our common culture has left me furious and disdainful of modern America. It is not much better now than it was in 1984 when on a road trip to Colorado I cursed and ranted at the radio because of the absence of women performers. On the way home from work yesterday, I did the same.

Luckily, Lynne Hershman Leeson has created a film available on DVD that soothes and inspires this battered psyche. I cried through much of this film, overwhelmed with thankfulness and exaltation that women have preserved what our culture will not honor. A recent trip to MOMA made this contrast even more emotional.

A major exhibit of Surrealists at the Met in this 21st century, had one corner of the very large space devoted to women artists. The Title descriptions read "the wife of Diego Rivera" and "the wife of Max Ernst". The wall facing the women's cubby was devoted to a male artist and a series of mid-canvas blocks, about 24 of them each depicting a women's body part on a butcher block. The current collections of art in our country still lack and deny the validity of women's art.

!WAR is rich and powerful with herstorical commentary from Ruby Rich, Judy Chicago, Nancy Spero, Rachel Rosenthal, Guerilla Girls and the list goes on and on. Performance art has always made me stretch my personal aesthetic, but I understand it. My tastes tend toward visual appetite more than intellectual.

This is a film I am going to add to my collection.


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