!Women Art Revolution

!Women Art Revolution
Director: Lynn Hershman Leeson

USA, documentary, 2010, 83 min
Let’s try to name at least three well-known contemporary women artists. You can find that it is not so easy as it could seem. For over forty years, the director Lynn Hershman Leeson has collected hundreds of hours of interviews with visionary artists, historians, curators and critics who have shaped the beliefs and values of the Feminist Art Movement. The film details major developments in women’s art of the 1970’s that changed the ways of thinking about the complexities of gender, race, class, and sexuality. The main importance is given to “The Guerrilla Girls” group, which emerged in 1980’s and held academic institutions, galleries, and museums accountable for discrimination practices. Over time, the tenacity and courage of these pioneering women artists resulted in what many historians now feel is the most significant art movement of the late 20th century.
About the director:
Lynn Leeson (born in 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an award-winning American artist and filmmaker. She holds a bachelor's degree in Education, Museum Administration and Fine Arts from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (1963) and a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University (1972). Recently honoured with grants from Creative Capital and the National Endowment for the Arts, she is also the recipient of a Siemens International Media Arts Award, the Flintridge Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts, and other awards. Hershman Leeson, who is the Chair of the Film Department at the San Francisco Art Institute, has received wide recognition for a body of work combining art with social commentary, particularly regarding the relationship between humans and technology. Leeson's works deal with such themes as identity in a time of consumerism and privacy in an era of surveillance.
Section: All the Muses

Screenplay: Lynn Hershman Leeson

Dir. of Photography: Hiro Narita, Antonio Rossi, Fawn Yacker, Lynn Hershman Leeson

Music: Carrie Brownstein