Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond
One of the longest running traveling exhibitions, Not Ready to Make Nice opened in Chicago at Columbia College on March 1, 2012 and toured to 10 additional venues over 6 years throughout the United States. The exhibition is currently resting with the potential to hit the road again soon.
Not Ready to Make Nice, a major presentation of the Guerrilla Girls, illuminates and contextualizes the important historical and ongoing work of these highly original, provocative and influential artists who champion feminism and social change. Focusing primarily on recent work from the past decade, the exhibition features rarely shown international projects that trace the collective’s artistic and activist influence around the globe. In addition, a selection of iconic work from the 80’s and 90’s illustrates the formative development of the group’s philosophy and conceptual approach to arts activism. The exhibition is further punctuated by documentary material including ephemera from famous actions, behind-the-scenes photos and secret anecdotes that reveal the Guerrilla Girls’ process and the events that drive their incisive institutional interventions. Visitors can peruse the artists’ favorite “love letters and hate mail,” and are invited to contribute their own voices to multiple interactive installations. This multimedia, expansive exhibition illustrates that the work of the anonymous, feminist-activist Guerrilla Girls is as vital and revolutionary as ever.
Curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman, and produced in collaboration with the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media formerly at Columbia College Chicago, this traveling exhibition opened in Chicago at Columbia College's Glass Curtain Gallery and Art + Design Gallery. This traveling exhibition has made 12 stops around the country at museums, galleries, universities and art centers.
Glass Curtain Gallery and Averill & Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
March 1 – April 21, 2012
Montserrat College of Art Galleries, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusetts
August 25 – December 15, 2012
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
January 24 - April 6, 20144
Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut
September 4 - November 15, 2014
Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
December 6, 2014 – March 1, 2015
Galleries at Peeler, The Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
September 3 – December 11, 2015
The Dennos Museum Center, North Michigan University, Traverse City, Michigan
March 20 - May 29, 2016
Stony Brook University, Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Stony Brook, New York
September 13 - October 22, 2016
Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, California State University, San Bernardino, California
February 11 - May 20, 20174
Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, California
September 7 - October, 2017
The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
January 20 - March 17, 2018
PRESS! Click here to see press coverage from 2012-2018, including NPR, Artforum, Boston Globe, Interview, and many more.
The full exhibition catalogue is below, and available through Issuu. Essays by Joanna Gardner-Huggett, Neysa Page-Lieberman, Kymberly Pinder and forward by Jane M. Saks. The checklist originally printed in the catalogue has been updated in recent years with four additional new works made from 2015-2017. Print copies available by request.