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The ongoing work of the highly original, provocative and influential artists who champion feminism and social change in the 1980s and 1990s comes to RAFFMA Feb. 11-May 20.

“Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Art World and Beyond,” is a major presentation of the feminist art collective’s most iconic campaigns and actions from the last three decades.

An opening reception for the show takes place on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 7-9 p.m. and is open to the public. A special members-only preview and curator-led tour will precede the reception, from 6-7 p.m.

The exhibition of Guerilla Girls illuminates and puts in context their most daring and rarely seen international projects, which trace the Guerrilla Girls' artistic and activist influence around the globe.

The installations are punctuated by documentary material including ephemera from famous actions, behind-the-scenes photos and secret anecdotes that reveal the Guerrilla Girls’ process and the events that drive their incisive institutional interventions.

Visitors can peruse the artists’ favorite “love letters and hate mail,” drawn from almost three decades of humorous, heart-warming and shocking communications. Visitors also are invited to contribute their own views to an interactive wall installation. The multimedia exhibition illustrates that the work of the anonymous, feminist-activist Guerrilla Girls is as vital and revolutionary as ever.

In conjunction with the exhibition, RAFFMA will hold “A Conversation with the Guerrilla Girls” on Thursday, Apr. 13, from 6-8 p.m., a historical and anecdotal presentation of the group’s 28 years of influential and provocative art and activism from an original Guerrilla Girl herself.

“Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Art World and Beyond” is curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman and organized and circulated by Columbia College Chicago.


The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The only accredited art museum in San Bernardino, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. Located at Cal State San Bernardino, RAFFMA houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California. In the 2016-2017 school year, RAFFMA will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on the CSUSB campus.

General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $6 per vehicle and $3 on weekends.

The museum is open Monday–Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and is closed Friday and Sunday. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website.

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