Filmed over four decades, this inspiring cultural history tracks the struggles and breakthroughs of women artists from Judy Chicago to Guerilla Girls to Miranda July and more, packed with rare archival footage and overflowing with bold art.
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Fortunately Lynn Hershman-Leeson is aware of the limits of her movie (like the isolated observation of the US scene or the absence of some very important performance artists), and alluding to them is also a quality of the movie and its personal view. So in spite of some limitations this very informative and really well made documentary is worth seeing.
"!Women Art Revolution moves beyond chronicle to pose deeper questions about the interdependence of art, politics, and society, the nature of power, and the inherent subjectivity of any historical record." - Film Comment.
Lynn Hershman-Leeson's wonderful documentary offers a strong cultural history of the women's art movement over the past forty years in America. The filmmaker had first hand knowledge, keeping video diaries and interviews over the years ranging from the first feminist art struggles rearing from the protest movements of the sixties to the highly politicized and organized movements of the seventies and eighties.Awesome.
the movie was okay, but the best part was the Q&A my companion and I stuck around for post-screening, when the perfect patriarchal figure, a German male art collector, was all, "This was a good film, but if I may..." hilarious.
Great for the historic value and content. Lynn Hershman Leeson spent years collecting the content from female artists starting the in 1970's. The interviews give great insight into the beginning of the Feminist movement in the American art world. I wish that the production quality was a little higher and there were less propaganda graphics included.
The premise of this film is important and the content is powerful and well-edited. However, the soundtrack spoils it for me - shoehorning rock groups like The Gossip in probably because they identify as feminist, when something more instrumental would've worked much better - not as if there are aren't a huge number of feminist composers to choose from. The soundtrack really jars and overpowers an otherwise great doc
Umm... I appreciate the idea and the whole concept that stands behind this movie but I clearly cannot stand this feminist gibberish illustrated with art that doesn't make me care. The only one that intrigued me was Ana Mendieta. I think the whole point was missed in this feminist propaganda. If you ask me for female artist, I'll give you these: Abramović, Claudel, Boznanska, Odell, Natalia LL, Plaschg.