Over the last 40 years, director Lynn Hershman Leeson has collected hundreds of hours of interviews with visionary artists, historians, curators, and critics who shaped the beliefs and values of the feminist art movement. Interweaving highlights from these interviews with footage of the 1960s antiwar and civil rights movements, !Women Art Revolution explores the development of the women’s movement and feminist art since the 1970s, reviving the history of the movement by revisiting such touchstones as the first feminist art education programs on the West Coast, the advent of alternative art spaces like Franklin Furnace and the Los Angeles Women’s Building, and landmark exhibitions that called attention to the groundbreaking work of women artists. The film, which also features an original score by Carrie Brownstein (formerly of the band Sleater-Kinney), will be introduced by Gloria Steinem and followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and artists featured in the film.
Organized by Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.
Presented in conjunction with MoMA’s publication of Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art.