Recently our class, 8JGI, went to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) to visit the MoMa exhibition for a Visual Arts excursion. Consisting of over 200 key works, arranged chronologically into eight sections, the exhibition traces the development of art and design from late-nineteenth-century urban and industrial transformation, through to the digital and global present. We attended a talk about MoMa by one of the educational officers before visiting the sections of the exhibition. Some of the well-known artists we learnt about in class included Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo and Vincent van Gogh.
We also visited the ‘Guerrilla Girls’ exhibition. In 1985, a group of vigilantes wearing gorilla masks took to the streets. Armed with wheat paste and posters, the Guerrilla Girls, as they called themselves, set out to shame the art world for its under-representation of women artists. In addition to posters (now highly-valued works of art), there were billboards, performances, protests, lectures, installations, and limited-edition prints in the body of work. The group is still going strong, reminding the art world that it still has a long way to go. Referring to themselves as “the conscience of the art world,” wherever discrimination lurks, the Guerrilla Girls are likely to strike again. Being in the Girls’ class, this organisation really inspired us to speak up for what we believed and not be held back. We all really enjoyed the visit to the NGV and felt that we had learnt lots.
Written by Grace Skeggs Year 8