Women Artists in Revolution (WAR)

In the 1960s, women artists formed Women Artists in Revolution (WAR), a coalition to cope with exclusion from museum exhibitions, art journals, educational literature, and historical documentation, the cost of which is still felt today. Even after the successes of women artists such as Barbara Kreuger, Shirin Neshat, and Cindy Sherman, a survey of Whitney Museum patrons found that most of them could not name three women artists. Deftly combining reportage and personal memoir, !Women Art Revolution excavates the evolution of the feminist art movement in America through intimate interviews with many celebrated painters, performance artists, curators, and academics, filtered through Hershman-Leeson’s own interpretation as a front row observer for more than 40 years. The film also features an original score by Portland’s Carrie Brownstein of the band Sleater-Kinney and co-creator of Portlandia. (83 mins., DCP) 

Following the film will be a discourse—presented as part of the University of Oregon’s What Is Media? Conference—surrounding the changing forms of media, including Leeson’s new work on The Infinity Engine, a multi-platform, cross-media project that will explore and uncover the present state of biotechnological research through online interactivity, film, and art installation. 

Finally, this will be followed by a performance by Harmonic Laboratory, a Eugene based collective whose mission is to integrate art, science, and the humanities in the development of creative works that tell stories and unpack the dense cultural content around us.


Director Lynn Hershmann-Leeson in attendance


Screening times:
April 15 – Friday 6:30 pm


The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region.  The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum.  For more information, visit www.nwfilm.org.