Lynn Hershman Leeson’s seminal documentary !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION – A Secret History

Screening at The Museum of Modern Art on March 3

Introduction by Gloria Steinem

THEATRICAL PREMIERE AT NEW YORK CITY’S IFC CENTER – JUNE 3, 2011

!W.A.R. had the rare honor to screen at Berlin, Sundance and Toronto Festivals

New York, NY – Lynn Hershman Leeson’s new documentary !Women Art Revolution (!W.A.R.) will screen at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Thursday, March 3 at 6:30 PM. The evening will be introduced by Gloria Steinem and followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.  !W.A.R. had the rare honor to screen at three prestigious festivals: the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and the Berlin Film Festival.  The film will have its theatrical premiere at New York City’s IFC Center on June 3, 2011.

Forty-two years in the making, !W.A.R. charts the history of the Feminist Art Movement in America from the 1960s to the present and illuminates how this under-explored movement radically transformed the art and culture of our times.  Featuring an original score by Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater-Kinney), the film includes appearances by countless groundbreaking figures such as Marcia Tucker, Nancy Spero, Silvia Sleigh, Carolee Schneemann, Miriam Schapiro, B. Ruby Rich, Yvonne Rainer, Yoko Ono, Miranda July, The Guerrilla Girls, Judy Chicago and many others.

Hershman Leeson draws from hundreds of interviews with her contemporaries – visionary artists, historians, curators and critics – to present an intimate portrayal of their fight to break down the barriers facing women both in the art world and society at large.  Through conversations, personal observations, art and rarely seen archival film and video footage, !W.A.R. traces the evolution of the Feminist Art Movement from its roots in the anti-war and civil rights forces of the 1960s through its major contributions to women’s art of the 1970s.  It details the emergence of The Guerrilla Girls who became the conscience of the art world, holding galleries and museums accountable for discrimination, and reveals previously undocumented strategies used to politicize female artists and integrate women into art structures.  Ultimately, Hershman Leeson and her collaborators were part of what many historians now claim is the most significant art movement of the late 20th century.

Hershman Leeson says of the film, “In 1966, I borrowed a camera, figured out how to use it and shot people coming through my living room in Berkeley.  Then I forgot about that footage and it was stored in boxes in my studio until I found it in 2004.  I felt a tremendous responsibility to find the story inside that raw footage and to honor the women who struggled to invent themselves and who introduced the concepts of social protest, collaboration and public art that addressed directly the political imperatives of social justice and civil rights.  This film took 42 years and it needed all that time to find the optimistic and uncompromising legacy.”

!Women Art Revolution will screen at The Museum of Modern Art (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), located at  11 West 53 Street, in New York City.  Admission is: $10 adults; $8 seniors, 65 years and over with I.D. $6 full-time students with current I.D. (Free for Museum members and for Museum ticketholders). Film admission tickets can be purchased in person only. Museum members may reserve screening tickets online at www.moma.org.

!Women Art Revolution is written, directed, produced and edited by Lynn Hershman Leeson. The film is executive produced by Sarah Peter, produced by Kyle Stephan and Alexandra Chowaniec and co-produced by Carla Sacks. !Women Art Revolution is a Hotwire Production in association with Chicken and Egg Pictures, Creative Capital and Impact Partners.

For more information on !W.A.R.: www.womenartrevolution.com

For more information on future screenings: http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/film.php?directoryname=womenartrevolution

Lynn Hershman Leeson has been cited as the “most influential woman working in new media.”  A pivotal artist in the context of feminist discourse and a pioneer in interactive, computer and net-based media arts, she has worked prolifically in mixed media, photography, performance, digital art, video, film, and with artificial intelligence. One of her most notorious projects includes Roberta Breitmore, a fictional persona, created and enacted by the artist from 1971 – 80, and which anticipated virtual avatars.  Hershman Leeson has been responsible for a number of technological innovations, including the first interactive computer-based artwork with Lorna (1983-84).] Her work is featured in the public collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the William Lehmbruck Museum, the ZKM (Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie), The Whitwortg Art Gallery, The Tate, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery in Canada, the Walker Art Center, and The Hess Collection, among others.

Lynn Hershman Leeson’s three feature films with Tilda Swinton – Conceiving Ada (1997), the first movie to use virtual sets; Teknolust (2002); and Strange Culture (2007) – were shown at the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and Berlin International Film Festival, and won numerous awards.  Most recently, Hershman Leeson received the 2010 d.velop digital art award [ddaa], the most prestigious award to be given to artists working in digital art; the 2009 SIGGRAPH Lifetime Achievement, and a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship.  She has also been awarded the prestigious Golden Nica Prix Ars Electronica, the ZKM/Seimens Media Arts Award, the Flintridge Foundation Award, the Prix Ars Electronica and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  Leeson received a Creative Capital Grant for !Women Art Revolution.

Lynn Hershman Leeson is Chair of the Film Department at the San Francisco Art Institute and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis.

North American sales via Zeitgeist Films, 212.274.1989

International sales via Films Transit International, 514.844.3358

Press inquiries: Isabelle Deconinck | La PR: 212-727-7662 | isadeco@earthlink.net

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