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The Guerilla Girls support OCCUPY MUSEUMS

NEW YORK- Kathe Kollwitz of the Guerrilla Girls tell ANIMAL: “We support all the Occupy groups and that includes Occupy Museums! We wish we could have been there yesterday.” While the Guerrilla Girls were busy with activist workshops in Chicago this week, we spotted this protestor at Zuccotti Park referencing the collective.

The organizer Noah Fischer takes a cue from the legendary Guerilla Girls, who began to challenge major museums with actions, shows and “weenie counts” after MoMA’s 1985 “International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture” only included 17 women out of 169 participating artists. Fischer takes aim at the institutions’ non-gender-specific elitism, “…Witness an era of luxurious art fairs while millions are losing home and jobs. So much about museums today reflects a top-down society where the rest of us are supposed to be mesmerized by the glamour at the top. We Occupy the big museums as both real ties to Wall Street fraud money and as symbols of a culture thats been stolen from the 99% by the elites. When we Occupy Museums, we’ll be announcing and demonstrating a new era of culture that is for everyone.”
However their still remains skepticism towards Occupy Museums, since private galleries, art fairs and auctions filled with millionaires are perhaps better targets than museums that have free days and cultural programs and are more accessible and are mandated for the public.

October 24, 2011