Artist Cine Club: !Women Art Revolution
2 November 2011
The Artist Cine Club provides the opportunity to see artist's film works on the big screen. On Monday 7 November, we will be screening !Women Art Revolution: A Secret History.
The film, created over forty years by artist Lynn Hershman Leeson, pieces together a first-hand account of how the Feminist Art Movement in the U.S. fused free speech and politics into an art that has undoubtably transformed art and culture of our times.
Through !W.A.R., Hershman reveals behind the scene footage of major developments in the movement including the alternative art spaces A.I.R. and Franklins Furnace in New York as well as political organisations and protests. The heart of the film comes from hundreds of hours of interviews with visionary artists, historians, curators and critics who shaped the belief and values of the Feminist Art Movement during the 1960's.
Although focusing on a serious subject, !W.A.R. definitely includes an element of humour. Speaking about the film in relation to the feminist movement, Hersham says that, "that many of the incidents (in the film) now appear ludicrous is testament to how far we have come and poignantly, how far we still need to go".