Lynn Hershman Leeson’s !W.A.R.
May 25, 2011, 8:00 pm
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Lynn Hershman Leeson is not only an artist, but also a historiographer.  In our interview, Lynn admits that it was not until 2004 that she realized that the hundreds of hours of film that she had captured over the past four decades solely for personal documentation could be used to illuminate and share the oft conceled story of the feminist art movement.  What has prevailed is Lynn’s 83-minute documentary, !Women Art Revolution (or appropriately, !W.A.R.).  Through personal interviews, historical footage, and images of the art made and performed throughout the movement, Lynn unpacks this historic string of actions and illuminates how it has impacted the art culture of today.

!W.A.R. includes the voices of and works by artists such as Judy Chicago, the Guerilla Girls, Yvonne Rainer, Marina Abromovic, Miranda July, Carolee Schneemann, Yoko Ono, and of course, Ms. Hershman herself.

!W.A.R. has been quite successful in the festival circuit, being chosen as an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival,  the Sundance Film Festival, and the Berlin International Film Festival.  !W.A.R. will open at IFC on June 1st.

Zoe Rosenberg