Women Art Revolution


Lynn Hershman Leeson

Women Art Revolution combines interviews, artwork and rarely seen archival film and video footage, to detail the evolution of the feminist art movement in the United States from 1968 to the present. The film ties that movement to 1960s anti-war and civil rights demonstrations and details major developments in women’s art during the ’70s, including the opening of alternative art spaces such as the AIR Gallery in New York and the Los Angeles Woman’s Building. Chronicling the work of activists in more recent decades, the film focuses on the Guerrilla Girls, the Women’s Art Coalition and other similar groups, as well as the publications and spaces they’ve engendered.

Project Updates

  • 2012: !Women Art Revolution wins Jury Prize at the 30th International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Montreal

  • 2011: !Women Art Revolution screens at the Museum of Modern Art in The Contenders program of the year’s best films

  • 2011: !Women Art Revolution has theatrical premiere at IFC Center in New York

  • 2011: Women Art Revolution screens at festivals including the International Women’s Film Festival (Buffalo), Human Rights Watch Film Festival (London), the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Nashville Film Festival

  • 2011: Leeson publishes Women Art Revolution graphic novel

  • 2011: Women Art Revolution screens at the Berlin Film Festival

  • 2011: Women Art Revolution screens in New Frontier Program at the Sundance Film Festival

  • 2010: Women Art Revolution is acquired by Zeitgeist Films for North American distribution

  • 2010: Women Art Revolution has world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

  • 2010: Leeson’s extensive Women Art Revolution archive, including interviews with artists and critics, is now available online as part of Stanford University’s digital collections

  • 2008: In progress iteration of Women Art Revolution is screened at PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York