Women Artists in Revolution

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Women Artists in Revolution (WAR) was a New York City-based collective of American women artists and activists that formed in 1969. Women Artists in Revolution_sentence_0

They seceded from the male-dominated Art Workers' Coalition (AWC), prompted by the Whitney Museum of American Art's 1969 Annual (later the Whitney Biennial), which included only eight women out of the 143 featured artists shown. Women Artists in Revolution_sentence_1

In 1970, WAR members sent letters to the Whitney Museum, as well as the Museum of Modern Art, demanding both museums change their policies to be more inclusive of women artists. Women Artists in Revolution_sentence_2

That same year, the Ad Hoc Committee of Women Artists formed and also concentrated on the discrimination of women in the Whitney Museum's annual survey exhibitions. Women Artists in Revolution_sentence_3

These protest efforts led to an increase of women artists at the next Whitney Annual, rising from an average of 5–10% before 1969 to 22% in 1970. Women Artists in Revolution_sentence_4

In 1971, some members of WAR, along with a group called Feminists in the Arts, created the Women's Interart Center, the first alternative feminist space, where they established a graphics and silk-screen workshop taught by the artist Jacqueline Skiles. Women Artists in Revolution_sentence_5

By 1972, WAR abandoned their efforts to change museum policies and focused more on consciousness-raising that concerned the struggles of women artists. Women Artists in Revolution_sentence_6

In 1973, two former members of WAR—Mary Ann Gillies and Joan Glueckman—co-founded SOHO 20 Gallery. Women Artists in Revolution_sentence_7

Notable former members Women Artists in Revolution_section_0

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  • Muriel CastanisWomen Artists in Revolution_item_0_0
  • Silvianna GoldsmithWomen Artists in Revolution_item_0_1
  • Juliette GordonWomen Artists in Revolution_item_0_2
  • Doloris HolmesWomen Artists in Revolution_item_0_3
  • Poppy JohnsonWomen Artists in Revolution_item_0_4
  • Jan McDevittWomen Artists in Revolution_item_0_5
  • Faith RinggoldWomen Artists in Revolution_item_0_6
  • Sara SaportaWomen Artists in Revolution_item_0_7
  • Jacqueline SkilesWomen Artists in Revolution_item_0_8
  • Nancy SperoWomen Artists in Revolution_item_0_9
  • Joan ThorneWomen Artists in Revolution_item_0_10


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