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Horror on the National Mall!

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Vertical poster of the National Mall in Washngton, DC with a tabloid-style broadside superimposed on top. The satirical graphic art shows prominent female artists behind jail bars and the headline, 'Horror on the National Mall! Thousands of women locked in basements of D.C. museums!'

Guerrilla Girls, Horror on the National Mall!, 2007; Color photolithograph on paper, 23 x 13 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Susan Fisher Sterling in honor of Steven Scott; © Guerrilla Girls, Courtesy www.guerrillagirls.com; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Horror on the National Mall!
Guerrilla Girls

The Guerrilla Girls are known for using “guerrilla” tactics to expose gender and racial imbalances within contemporary cultural institutions. In 2007, Blake Gopnik, then chief art critic for The Washington Post, asked the Guerrilla Girls to create a full-page work for a special Post section on feminism and art (April 22, 2007). Gopnik’s section was partly inspired by the exhibition WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2007.

In response to Gopnik’s invitation, the Guerrilla Girls produced this tabloid-style broadside that was printed in the newspaper and subsequently as a photolithograph. The print presents statistics that demonstrate how few works of art by women and artists of color are on view in Washington, D.C., museums. In this work, the Guerrilla Girls ask: “Ever wonder why Billie [Wilhelmina] Holladay started the National Museum of Women in the Arts? Now you know!”

Artwork Details

  • Artist

    Guerrilla Girls
  • Title

    Horror on the National Mall!
  • Date

    2007
  • Medium

    Color photolithograph on paper
  • Dimensions

    23 x 13 in.
  • Donor Credit

    Gift of Susan Fisher Sterling in honor of Steven Scott
  • Photo Credit

    © Guerrilla Girls, Courtesy www.guerrillagirls.com; Photo by Lee Stalsworth
  • On Display

    No