"Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?" Favorite 



Sep 10 1989


New York City

National Museum of Women In the Arts:
To maintain their anonymity, group members wear gorilla masks in public and adopt the names of historic women artists, such as Käthe Kollwitz and Frida Kahlo, as pseudonyms.

Guerrilla Girls posters first appeared in 1985, pasted onto structures in lower Manhattan. Combining bold advertising-style graphics with eye-opening facts and figures, the posters detailed discrimination by the city’s art galleries and museums against women artists and artists of color.

Humor is also a vital part of the Guerrilla Girls’s art, making their serious messages accessible and engaging. The group continues to address sexism and racism in the art world, but also targets Hollywood, mass media, art censorship, government corruption and apathy, and the battle for reproductive rights.

The Guerrilla Girls first operated through poster campaigns and protests in New York; they now maintain an online presence and present public lectures and performances around the world. They have published several books, including The Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art (1998).

The collective continues to embrace a populist approach to art, producing their artwork in quantity to reach a broad audience.


In the group's most famous protest artwork titled, "Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?", they revealed that in entire museum only 5% of the displayed artwork were female artist, yet 85% of the nude were female. In this case, they used research data they collected to bolster their artwork, and shed light on otherwise overlooked startling trend.

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The Guerrilla Girls exposed the underrepresentation of women in major art museums (i.e. MET, The Whitney, etc.). Through there boisterous energy, and attention grabbing graphics the group was able to successfully garner attention, and apply pressure on these institutions to make change. Today we see a much larger representation of female artists in many of the museum's their movement exposed. It is hard to attribute this change solely to them, but they certainly had a profound effect on these institutions and the art world at large.