Women Art Revolution

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Artist Bio

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 have engendered.

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Lynn Hershman, Portraits and Artwork. Assigned by Phillip Gefter. Assignment #10100346A

Lynn Hershman Leeson

San Francisco, CA

Over the last four decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her art and films. One of the most influential media artists, Hershman Leeson is widely recognized for her innovative work investigating issues that are now recognized as key to the workings of society: the relationship between humans and technology, identity, surveillance, and the use of media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political repression. Over the last forty years she has made pioneering contributions to the fields of photography, video, film, performance, installation and interactive as well as net-based media art. ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany, mounted the first comprehensive retrospective of her work titled Civic Radar.  A substantial publication, which Holland Cotter named in The New York Times  “one of the indispensable art books of 2016.”