Gallery 98

ART EPHEMERA, 1960s – 1990s

From the Exhibition: 40 Top Art Events of the Downtown Era: A Timeline, 1974–1992

Public Art Fund, Guerrilla Girls, Billboard Project card, 1991

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In 1991, the Public Art Fund sponsored the Guerrilla Girls’ exhibition of 10 outdoor billboards in four New York boroughs. Each billboard bore an image of the Mona Lisa with a fig leaf covering her mouth, and the message, “First they want to take away a woman’s right to choose. Now they’re censoring art.” The slogan seems to allude to recent controversies involving the National Endowment for the Arts, and chair John Frohnmayer’s decision to veto funding for the performance artists Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes, and Tim Miller (later known as the “NEA Four”).

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DOWNTOWN ERA EXHIBITION HOMEPAGE

From the Exhibition: 40 Top Art Events of the Downtown Era: A Timeline, 1974–1992