Activist posters and paintings of men in distress in Wright Gallery

Robin Tewes

Posters by the Guerrilla Girls, an anonymous group of female artists displaying provocative, yet humorous statements about sexism and racism, and paintings by artist Robin Tewes depicting men’s vulnerability and fragility will be displayed in two exhibits March 21 - April 13, 2016, in the Wright Gallery, located on the second floor in Building A of Texas A&M’s Langford Architecture Center.

An original member of the Guerrilla Girls and Tewes will attend a 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. March 22 opening reception for both shows.

One exhibit, “Guerrilla Girls Posters 1985-2000,” will feature work by the group, which formed in New York City in 1985 to expose sexual and racial discrimination in art, culture and politics.

“Our posters, billboards and postcards bluntly stated the facts of discrimination and used humor to convey information, provoke discussion and show that feminists can be funny, sexy and fashionable,” said one of the Guerrilla Girls.

Members of the group adopted the names of deceased women artists and wore gorilla masks when they appeared at public events to shield their identities and help focus on issues they championed instead of their reputations or personalities.

The Guerrilla Girls’ more than 90 posters, billboards and postcards are in numerous collections including the New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Museum of Modern Art, and The Getty Museum.

In the Wright Gallery exhibit “Men In Trouble,” artist Robin Tewes depicts men’s vulnerability and fragility by painting men alone and struggling with each other.

“The paintings show men looking inward and confronting each other in their own language, in a way in which women do not,” she said.

The series suggests that successful change happens within, and that the most effective way to achieve this is by men helping each other, said Tewes, a professor of fine art at Pace University.

Tewes’ work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and is included in numerous museums and public collections.




posted March 22, 2016