The Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous collective of women artists that formed in response to the Museum of Modern Art’s 1984 exhibition An International Survey of Painting and Sculpture, which included only thirteen women and no people of color out of 165 featured artists. Wearing gorilla masks and drawing on tactics of guerrilla warfare and marketing, the Guerrilla Girls create protest art to expose gender- and race-based discrimination in the art world and beyond. The selected works in this exhibition are from the Guerrilla Girls’ Portfolio Compleat and include a set of 109 posters, books, videos, and ephemera created between 1985 and 2016. The posters on view, a new acquisition to the DMA’s collection, echo the visual language and strategies of street advertising and use bold text, comedic images, and pop culture references to publicly convey their message.
(Photo: The Guerrilla Girls, Dearest Art Collector, poster, 1986, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation)