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The Art of Guerrilla Girl Warfare

Try this:

1. Name five famous artists.

2. If two or fewer of the artists in #1 were women, try naming five famous women artists.

3. If you can't name five famous women artists, or if you want to know why most people can't, then get your tickets now for tomorrow night's live presentation by the Guerrilla Girls at the Fine Arts Center.

In 1985, after the New York Museum of Modern Art mounted "An International Survey of Painting and Sculpture" that included only 13 women out of a total of 169 artists, a group of women artists and critics got together to shine a scathing spotlight on the sexism, racism and discrimination of the predominately white, male art world.

Calling themselves the "Guerrilla Girls," the group, like superheros, decided to hide their identities behind gorilla masks in order to keep people focused on the issues and to protect their identities as artists. Donning the names of women artists like Georgia O'Keeffe, Eva Hesse, Emily Carr and Alice Neel, the group began using guerrilla art techniques -- like postering and art actions -- to take humorous but critical feminist stabs at the white patriarchal art world, the exclusion of women artists from the accepted canon of art history, and other hot political topics.

Among their many famous posters are: "Women in America Earn Only 2/3 of What Men Earn. Women Artists Earn Only 1/3," "When Sexism & Racism Are No Longer Fashionable, What Will Your Art Collection be Worth?" and "Moma Mia! 3 White Women, 1 Woman of Color, and No Men of Color Out of 71 Artists."

The Guerrilla Girls' performance at the Fine Arts Center will take the audience through the past 18 years of subversive anti-establishment art beginning with a short video titled Guerrillas in our Midst, which details the group's founding. The show will also include discussions of their posters and actions (including a recent caper at the Tony Awards), and excerpts from their books (Confessions of the Guerrilla Girls, The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art, and the forthcoming Bitches, Bimbos and Ballbreakers: The Guerrilla Girls' Illustrated History of Female Stereotypes).

The presentation will last approximately an hour and a half followed by a question-and answer-session.

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-- Noel Black

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Guerrilla Girls

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center,

30 W. Dale St.

Friday, March 8, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $8 for the public, $5 for FAC members, and free to Colorado College students

07 Thursday

There's nothing like a brisk burst of German fascism to cleanse the palate and set the tone for the weekend. The Colorado College German Department has been practicing their accents for their theater production of Vienna Tales by Odn von Horvath. The play is in German with an English synopsis and will be held in the Max Kade Theatre. Admission is free but reservations are requested; call 389-6635. Vienna Tales runs through Saturday at 8 p.m.

Another round for the Fine Arts Center's First Thursday program, this time taking local art folks head-to-head as they beat and batter each other from rope to rope, or at least from concept to concept. The psuedo town hall meeting with Paul Harvey Oswald, Scott Snyder, Barb Geary and Atomic Elroy also sports a book signing with Andrea Modica, live music and grub. The games begin at 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for FAC members and $8 for nonmembers. Call 634-5581.

08 Friday

click to enlarge Get fired up at the First Thursday psuedo town hall meeting at the FAC
  • Get fired up at the First Thursday psuedo town hall meeting at the FAC

Look at our little Colorado College Tigers ... aren't they just the cutest things you ever saw? Yeah, that, and they're going to kick the crap out of the Anchorage Seawolves in the WCHA Tournament first round this weekend at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. We laugh at the Seawolves' puny attempts at glory. The puck drops at 7:35 tonight, 7:05 Saturday night (and 7:05 Sunday night if a tie-breaker is necessary). Call 576-2626 for ticket information.

The flexible folks over at the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre are sick of drinking alone -- and want you to share in over 200 wines at tonight's Grand Tasting and Silent Auction, the kickoff to the 11th annual Wine Festival. Food will be provided by the area's best restaurants and caterers at the Broadmoor International Center, 1 Lake Circle. Admission is $55 per person. Saturday brings wine-tasting seminars, plus a gourmet wine dinner and live auction. Call 634-2580 for festival and reservation information.

You know him, you love him ... former Tonight Show bandleader Skitch Henderson does his thing with the Colorado Springs Symphony tonight and tomorrow at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets are $43 (must be -- better be -- good); call 520-SHOW. Show starts at 8 p.m.

09 Saturday

In like a lion, out like a massacre -- a March Metal Massacre! (Bwa ha ha.) Industrial Nation (at 2106 E. Platte Ave.) hosts Eyerot, Try Redemption, Brutal Infliction and Convulsion tonight beginning at 8:30. Admission is a mere $5. For details, call 520-0980.

10 Sunday

Gitchyo faith on this evening at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tommy Ford, ex-Martin actor, and singer/actor Tony Grant perform in Tell Hell ... I Ain't Comin', a Gospel stage play about a minister who confronts the devil and hell. Tickets are $26 and show time is 6 o'clock. Call 520-9090.

11 Monday

It's going to get all diverse up in UCCS today as Diversity Week kicks off with an installment of the Visiting Women's Writers Series. Author Laura Glen Louis reads from Talking in the Dark in University Center Room 116 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. [See page 40.] Events later in the week include a film on eating disorders on Wednesday, an evening of cultural entertainment on Thursday, and a forum on diversity in Colorado on Friday evening. For more, see page 43 of The Listings or call 262-3596.

13 Wednesday

For those of you who enjoy beating on things, please partake of Zoro the Drummer's clinic at Graner School Music, 3490 W. Carefree Circle. The author of The Commandments of R&B Drumming: A Comprehensive Guide to Soul, Funk & Hip-Hop and former drummer for Bobby Brown and Lenny Kravitz will "give you a head full of info on time-feels, the funky foot, the funky hi-hat, playing with click track, and more!" The demonstration begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Call 574-2001 for details.

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14 Thursday

Polish up those over-ripe tomatoes, for they need to make a grand statement tonight in "Criticize the Critics," an evening of good humor -- and questionable artistic merit -- at the Colorado Springs School's Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, The Gazette's pianist extraordinaire, Mark Arnest, and Springs Magazine's gregarious baritone, David Sckolnik, promise that, "if allowed to complete their program, [they] will offer music by Schubert, Schumann, de Falla, Vaughan Williams, Bernstein and Arnest himself." This "unfortunate interruption" to the Thursday Night Recital Series begins at 7:30 p.m. and all proceeds from the $10 tickets ($8 for students and seniors) benefit the school's music program. Call 475-9747 Ext. 110.

-- Kristen Sherwood

Your dance card still not full? Check out The Listings starting on page 41 for more area events.

Wunderkind Power, Activate!

This Friday night, the Business of Art Center will host Wunderkind 2002, its third annual exhibit featuring young artists who plan to pursue arts-related careers. Like the past two Wunderkind shows, the show is designed to "help the young artists who are already serious and push them," says Heather Merriam, Exhibitions Director at the BAC.

Wunderkind is what Merriam calls a "teaching exhibition"; it's designed to take young artists through the entire process of a professional art show from submitting a portfolio, writing an artist statement, selecting a body of work, framing the pieces, hanging the work, making the postcards and press information, mailing them and planning the reception.

Four jurors chose this year's group of 15 artists from a pool of 50 local artists who submitted their portfolios and were recommended by a teacher or advocate.

More so than in years past, the artists in Wunderkind 2002 are working in diverse mediums. Harley Young from Wasson High School, for example, is exhibiting wood block prints, 3-D collages, and ceramics. Brianna McDevitt from Liberty High School is showing both pastels and her van Goghinspired ceramic vessels. The show also includes photos by Andrea Dorsey from Rampart, paintings by Amanda Lenz from Woodland Park, paper-thin ceramics work by Rachel Ridenour from Rampart, works in different media by Kelly Barlow from Cheyenne, polaroid transfers by Joey Magill from Manitou, and jewelry work by Heather Farrell and Jennifer King from Cheyenne Mountain High School, among others.

As an adjunct to the show, former Wunderkind artists now in art school or working professionally were also asked to submit works and have a separate show in the Avenue Gallery. On display are Anthony Trujillo's Crayola Model Magic creatures, and Anna Johnson's multimedia pieces. Johnson received a gold medal at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts last summer.

Not only does the BAC's Wunderkind 2002 offer invaluable, practical art world experience for young, local artists, it also gives the community a chance to see their talent on display.

-- Noel Black

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