Phillip Smith

Guerrillagirls strike again (and I love it)

I first heard of the Guerrillagirls and their creative culture jamming through Andrew Boyd, and learned a bit more when I found myself delivering a workshop for Greenpeace with Frida Kahlo here in Toronto. The power of their work continues to be a lace-lined and guerrilla-masked battle cry for what's right:


The new Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) at LACMA was paid for with 50 million bucks from the munificent LA businessman and art collector Eli Broad. And the first show is a selection of art from his own private collection. How exciting!

Wait a minute…. Broad, the philanthropist, claims that "public education is the key civil rights issue of the 21st century," but his art collection is a lesson in discrimination and exclusion. How can this exhibition be a legitimate survey of contemporary art with so few women and artists of color? Especially in Los Angeles! And at a public museum like LACMA!

Here are the stats:

BCAM, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA: 30 artists, 97% white, 87% male

Broad Foundation collection: 194 artists, 96% white, 83% male

Let’s put lots of letters on Eli’s desk! Use ours or write your own, then email Eli Broad or snail mail Broad Art Foundation, 3355 Barnard Way, Santa Monica, Ca 90405

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Guerrillagirls strike again


Hi, I'm Phillip Smith, a veteran digital publishing consultant, online advocacy specialist, and strategic convener. If you enjoyed reading this, find me on Twitter and I'll keep you updated.


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