Wandering through Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand the other day I came across one of the Guerrilla Girls’ great posters, The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist from 1989.
On their website they comment: “This is one of our all-time favorites, which we did to encourage female artists to look on the sunny side. Women all over the world, not just artists, identify with it. One sent us $1,000 to run it as an ad in Artforum, a top U.S. art magazine.”
I identified too – so many similarities to architecture. But not quite the same. Posting my snapshot to Instagram I asked “Anyone want to come up with an architectural version”. Tania Davidge got the ball rolling:
1. Being able to laugh at architecture’s ‘serious face’. Loudly. Sometimes with an inadvertent snort.
So, with apologies to, and in honour of, the Guerrilla Girls, I propose that we come up with our own list. I am not sure we’ll be able to match “Getting your picture in the art magazines wearing a gorilla suit”, but let’s have a go.
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