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 ArtUniversity 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 CenterNorth 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 ArtCalifornia State University, San Bernardino, California 

February 11 - May 20, 20174 

Verge Center for the ArtsSacramento, California 

September 7 - October, 2017 

The Galleries at MooreMoore 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.