Guerrilla Girls to discuss art world monkey business

The Guerrilla Girls, activist artists who promote equality in the art world, society and politics, will bring their multi-media production to NAU for a free presentation, focusing on issues of diversity, equality and inclusion.

Sponsored by Northern Arizona University’s School of Art, the production will be presented as part of Women’s History Month at 8 p.m. March 8 in Prochnow Auditorium.

Formed in New York City in 1984, the group is known for wearing gorilla masks to promote women and minorities in the arts. They also have addressed larger societal issues, including violence against women, racial inequality, war, reproductive choice and governmental policies.

“Having the Guerrilla Girls on campus will bring a focus to the NAU mission of promoting a campus environment of global civility and respect,” said¬†Pam Stephens, associate professor in the School of Art and co-chair of the event along with¬†Helaine McLain, associate professor in the School of Art. “The event will offer students, faculty and the Flagstaff community opportunities to think a little deeper about ideas of inclusion and equality.”

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Tickets are available at NAU Central Ticket office, (928) 523-5661 or (888) 520-7214.

“Conscience of the Art World: A Retrospective Exhibition of the Guerrilla Girls’ Art,” an exhibition of selected works from the Guerrilla Girls’ portfolio will be on display in Beasley Art Gallery from March 6 to April 6. A reception with the Guerrilla Girls in attendance will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. March 9 in Beasley.