Front Room: Guerrilla Girls

From September 25, 2016 — March 12, 2017

With a combination of audacious graphics, telling statistics, and provocative humor, the Guerrilla Girls, a groundbreaking feminist collective, use humor to call attention to the ways in which museums, private collectors, publications, and the art market have historically marginalized female artists and artists of color.

Front Room: Guerrilla Girls features a selection of 48 protest posters, hung salon style, from the feminist collective’s Portfolio Compleat, acquired by the BMA in 2015. The portfolio is a compilation of nearly 90 projects undertaken by the group between 1985 and 2012. The Guerrilla Girls’ work is held in the collections of many prominent institutions, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, the Tate, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Getty Institute. Among these museums are some that have been the subject of the Guerrilla Girls’ critiques.

In recent years, the Guerrilla Girls have made appearances at over 90 universities and museums and been covered by The New York Times, Interview, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Artforum, NPR, BBC, and CBC. The group’s publications include The Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art and Bitches, and Bimbos and Ballbreakers: The Guerrilla Girls’ Guide to Female Stereotypes.

Curated by

Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman

Supported by

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Virginia K. Adams, Sherry Christhilf, Suzanne F. Cohen, Nancy Dorman, Nupur Parekh Flynn, Sandra Levi Gerstung, Joanne Gold, Nancy Hackerman, Patricia Joseph, Madeline E. Lacovara, Jennifer O’Hara Martin, Amy Frenkil Meadows, Rachel Rabinowitz, and Clair Zamoiski Segal.


Special thanks to Alpha Graphics.

Guerrilla Girls. Birth of Feminism movie poster. 2001. From the "Portfolio Compleat". The Baltimore Museum of Art: Women's Committee Acquisitions Endowment for Contemporary Prints and Photographs, BMA 2015.47.66. © Guerrilla Girls