Being southern California, I guess they can’t help but be cool. The murals of La Jolla are not the usual offerings of local history or regional boosterism that are found in small towns across this continent.
The Guerrilla Girls began in 1985. They chose to be anonymous, wearing gorilla masks for public appearances, and taking the names of deceased women artists. Their wanted to focus on discrimination issues in art, rather than themselves, as individual female artists.
Click here for a recent interview with some Guerrilla Girls on Late Night with Stephen Colbert. Notice the “name” tags.
One of their (several) fun slogans is “Fighting discrimination with facts, humour and fake fur!”
(Thanks to MAWA for sponsoring the excellent lecture by Erica Mendritzki, Let me talk to you man to man, during which Ms Mendritzki brought the Guerrilla Girl facts to my attention.)
My last visit came with a bonus: the showing of Robert Irwin’s installation 1°2°3°4°. It’s part of MCASD’s permanent collection. (You might also know that I’m rather fond of Robert Irwin, and his work that explores ideas of perception.)
Yes! These are openings cut into the windows facing the Pacific Ocean. The installation is oddly compelling. Granted, it’s a pretty spectacular view (!), but 1°2°3°4° does cause the viewer to experience the artwork in a different way. More of our senses are engaged besides the stunning visual: the feel of the breezes, the scent and sound of the ocean, and the reality of the framed image. (The glass is tinted, and makes the view exposed by the opening appear more real….more immediate.)
If you’re in the area, it really is worth the effort to visit this gallery. (The cafe closes at 3 p.m., so plan accordingly.)