Guerrillas at St. Kate's
The local arts community is about to go bananas over the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover February 29–March 6, and St. Kate’s is at the heart of the action.
The Guerrilla Girls are internationally known activists that expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world, film and our culture at large. Group members remain anonymous, take on the names of dead women artists and appear in public wearing gorilla masks. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the organization.
The Twin Cities Takeover “aims to inspire individual and collective activism” through new artwork and a series of public, community-wide events.
While nearly 30 organizations are involved, St. Kate’s is one of six organizing partners, along with Hennepin Theater Trust, Minneapolis College of Art and Design,
Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), Walker Art Center and Weisman Museum of Art.
“To partner alongside regional giants like the Walker and Mia is an incredible honor,” says Patricia Olson, associate professor of art and art history, and director of the Women’s Art Institute. “It’s a testament to the strength of the arts at St. Kate’s — of our commitment to nurturing and showcasing women artists through the curriculum, the Women’s Art Institute and the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery.”
Last fall, the Guerrilla Girls held creative sessions with students at St. Kate’s and Mia to form the basis of the takeover and inspire a new generation of art activism. Some of that work, including “Till Death Do Us Part” (pictured), appears in the “Happy and Angry” exhibition running now through March 12 at St. Kate’s Visual Arts Building. The exhibit is free and open to the public.