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!Women Art Revolution!Women Art Revolution_header_cell_0_0_0
Directed by!Women Art Revolution_header_cell_0_1_0 Lynn Hershman Leeson!Women Art Revolution_cell_0_1_1
Produced by!Women Art Revolution_header_cell_0_2_0 Lynn Hershman Leeson

Sarah Peter Kyle Stephan Alexandra Chowaniec Laura Blereau!Women Art Revolution_cell_0_2_1

Written by!Women Art Revolution_header_cell_0_3_0 Lynn Hershman Leeson!Women Art Revolution_cell_0_3_1
Music by!Women Art Revolution_header_cell_0_4_0 Carrie Brownstein!Women Art Revolution_cell_0_4_1
Edited by!Women Art Revolution_header_cell_0_5_0 Lynn Hershman Leeson!Women Art Revolution_cell_0_5_1
Distributed by!Women Art Revolution_header_cell_0_6_0 Zeitgeist Films!Women Art Revolution_cell_0_6_1
Release date!Women Art Revolution_header_cell_0_7_0 !Women Art Revolution_cell_0_7_1
Running time!Women Art Revolution_header_cell_0_8_0 83 minutes!Women Art Revolution_cell_0_8_1
Country!Women Art Revolution_header_cell_0_9_0 United States!Women Art Revolution_cell_0_9_1
Language!Women Art Revolution_header_cell_0_10_0 English!Women Art Revolution_cell_0_10_1

!Women Art Revolution is a 2010 documentary film directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson and distributed by Zeitgeist Films. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_0

It tracks the feminist art movement over 40 years through interviews with artists, curators, critics, and historians. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_1

Synopsis !Women Art Revolution_section_0

!Women Art Revolution is a documentary film, created by Lynn Hershman Leeson, to examine the under-recognized world of feminist art. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_2

Through interviews, documentary footage, and artworks, the film tracks the trajectory of feminist art. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_3

It begins at the start of the 1960s with antiwar and civil rights protests, it follows developments in feminist art through the 1970s. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_4

Lynn Hershman Lesson interviewed artists, curators, critics, and historians for over 4 decades about their individual and group efforts to help women succeed in the art world and society by helping them overcome obstacles. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_5

There were over 40 individuals interviewed for the project. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_6

These interviews are done in a variety of places over time. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_7

The interviewees talk about their experiences in the art world facing obstacles because of their gender. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_8

Many of the artists discuss the works they made as a result. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_9

The movie begins with a scene at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where Hershman asks people to name 3 women artists; very few can name more than Frida Khalo. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_10

Hershman calls the film the, "remains of an insistent history that refuses to wait any longer to be told." !Women Art Revolution_sentence_11

She says the events of the day led her to feel an, "urgency to capture that moment" and shoot whenever, wherever with a borrowed camera. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_12

The film gets its name from Women Artists in Revolution (WAR), which formed in the 1960s as a coalition to raise awareness about the unique obstacles faced by female artists. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_13

Many of the issues started at a fundamental level, Rachel Rosenthal states in the movie, with the women artists not getting recognition in the study of art history and books. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_14

The interviewees all talk about how male-dominated the art world was, sharing their personal stories. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_15

The work these feminist artists were creating at the time were very different from works shown or talked about at the time. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_16

The film overlays historical events with feminist art events, which were somewhat spurred on by these political events such as the Vietnam War, Black Panthers, Civil Rights Movement, Women's Liberation, and Free Speech Movement. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_17

She labels the 1968 Miss America Pageant as the moment when art and politics fused, culminating in a weeklong protest of art events. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_18

The film mentions that minimalism was the popular art style of the time. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_19

Meant to be devoid of politics, this movement didn't match up with what was happening socially and politically. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_20

The feminist art movement worked to recognize contemporary political movements and social issues, creating a platform for awareness of these events. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_21

Cast !Women Art Revolution_section_1

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Awards !Women Art Revolution_section_2

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Release !Women Art Revolution_section_3

The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2010 as part of the Real to Reel category. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_22

!Women Art Revolution played at New York's IFC Center beginning June 1, 2011, before opening around the country. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_23

Digital archive !Women Art Revolution_section_4

In the film, Hershman states that the filming process, "has accumulated (roughly) 12,428 minutes of footage," and !W.A.R. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_24

shows only 83 minutes, leaving 12,343 minutes of footage out. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_25

A digital archive was created to contain the two decades of Hershmann Leeson's interviews that went into creating this film and is available through the Stanford University Libraries collection, !W.A.R. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_26

Voices of a Movement. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_27

According to the collection website, Hershmann Leeson desired this repository to "be shared with as wide an audience as possible." !Women Art Revolution_sentence_28

Reception !Women Art Revolution_section_5

Barry Keith Grant praises the film in his Film International piece, "Leeson's film is a like a patchwork quilt of disparate footage, but in the end it all comes together to become an important feminist work. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_29

The film could well serve as required viewing for art and film students today." !Women Art Revolution_sentence_30

Reviewer Ellen Druda says, "This powerful film will ignite even the tiniest spark of feminism in any woman's heart. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_31

Not only art lovers will come away with a deeper understanding of the movement and an appreciation for those who stood up and paved the way." !Women Art Revolution_sentence_32

Richard Knight for the Windy City Times has a more critical view of the film, explaining, "Hershman Leeson succeeds in her goal to expose and pique the interest of the viewer to the radical feminist artists who used activist tactics to get their work shown, demanding parity with their male counterparts. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_33

However, by the time queer film historian B. !Women Art Revolution_sentence_34 Ruby Rich starts talking about how the lesbian artists didn't want to identify as artists because that label was considered bourgeois by their female counterparts, the movie has taken on an exclusionary air of its own - just like those 'womyn only' coffeehouses that existed 'back in the day.' !Women Art Revolution_sentence_35

So, while the film undercuts some of its own arguments by veering too strongly into the very separatist direction it decries - and annoyingly overlooks the artists feminist forebears (like O'Keeffe, Nevelson and Kahlo, for example) - !Women Art Revolution does offer plenty of food for thought for everyone." !Women Art Revolution_sentence_36

Elisabeth Subrin states that, "Fusing history with memoir, Lynn Hershman Leeson enlists multiple visual strategies to produce an elegantly layered visual and sonic web of politics and powerful emotion." !Women Art Revolution_sentence_37


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