The Guerrilla Girls are, of course, a well-known feminist group who have long advocated for a stronger role for women in the arts, and a better representation of women in art history. Their presence outside Boston's prominent commercial art district seems to be part of a larger push to provoke the MFA to action.
It is also a call to visit their exhibition at the Montserrat College of Art titled "Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond" which is on view until December 15. On October 26 and 27 an academic symposium: Agents of Change: Art as Activism has been planned, but as you may already know, October 27 is Big Red & Shiny's symposium at the MIT Bartos Theatre. We will send a special correspondent to Montserrat College to cover the symposium and also review the exhibition in detail.
So the question is: did the billboard work for you? Is the message still potent? If you had a chance to speak with the Guerrilla Girls this week, were you moved to action? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
UPDATE: The Museum of Fine Arts responded over the weekend by tweeting that 33% of the artists in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art are women. Indeed, progress is being made.
"Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond" is on view through December 15, 2012 at the Montserrat College of Art gallery.
All images are from the Guerrilla Girls website.