SARANAC LAKE - Feminist art activists anonymous - that's not a 12-step group; it's the Guerrilla Girls.
Covering their identities with gorilla masks and the names of dead female artists was originally a way for these women to ridicule art world sexism and racism without sacrificing their art careers. Now, 25 years later, they still see the need to poke fun at patriarchy in art.
For example, they claim that less than 3 percent of the artists in the Metropolitan Museum of Art are women, but 83 percent of the nudes are female.
Frida Kahlo and other Guerrilla Girls
Frida Kahlo - not the real Mexican artist but a founding Guerrilla Girl - will speak at North Country Community College at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the David Petty Lecture Hall. She will present an energetic show that "fights discrimination with facts, humor and fake fur." The event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Adirondack Center for Writing, NCCC and the Saranac Lake Art Department.
The Guerrilla Girls are the authors of posters, videos and books including "Confessions of the Guerrilla Girls," "The Guerrilla Girls Bedside Companion to Western Art" and "Bitches, Bimbos and Ballbreakers: The Guerrilla Girls Guide to Female Stereotypes."