About the Film

Many younger women don’t know what we did,” says sculptor Barbara Zucker, who co-founded A.I.R. Gallery—the first artist-run gallery for women in the United States—along with Susan Williams, in 1972. “In a sense, that’s a great thing. They should just be making work. They should just be recognized.”

It’s largely thanks to the activism of feminist artists like Zucker and Judy Chicago in the 1970s that the art world is beginning to make strides toward gender equality today. Here, Zucker is joined by artist and activist Faith Ringgold, figurative painter Joan Semmel, early new media pioneer Lynn Hershman Leeson, and art advisor Todd Levin. They reflect on the barriers that women faced back then, and the women’s support networks that helped to advance their cause.

Credits

Featuring (in order of appearance): Barbara Zucker, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Faith Ringgold, Joan Semmel, and Todd Levin


Directed by Lina Plioplyte

Producer: Kerry Girvin

Director of Photography: Autumn Eakin

Gaffer: Jarrod Kloiber

Audio: Kat Jirles, Fiona McBain, and Taylor Roy

Assistant Camera: Daniel Lam

Production Coordinator: Chad Zweifel

Editor and Graphics: Jane Parisi


Production Team for Artsy:

Marina Cashdan, Head of Editorial and Creative Director

Owen Dodd, Designer

Tess Thackara, Senior Editor

Molly Gottschalk, Features Producer

Demie Kim, Editorial Associate


Special thanks to Girlgaze.

Nov 14, 2017 5:00am
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Artsy takes a closer look at the evolution of gender equality in the art world through the eyes of prominent figures across several generations.
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