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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Feminism & Media

Today we arrive Tate Modern – Feminism & Media, for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula. Let’s explore the role of women in art at this gallery.

Feminism & Media is another room in the Media Networks exhibit at Tate Modern. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Untitled #126, 1983, by Cindy Sherman
2. Identity Transfer 2, 1968, by Valie Export
3. Untitled, 1976, by Linder

Image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The rise of the media meant that the masses believed that all they saw on their TV or heard on their radio was true. Subliminal messaging used to sell products or promote propaganda is an age old technique used by the media.
  • The issue with this was that women were portrayed in a hypersexualised, sexist way in the media. They were made out to be brainless objects good only for sex and domestic chores.
  • At the end of the 20th century, several artists addressed these gender stereotypes in their art.
  • They either ironically exaggerated certain traits of women as portrayed by the media – such as the ‘dumb woman’ stereotype. Or then they portrayed complete non-conformism in their gender roles.
  • Important artists showcased in this room include Guerrilla Girls, Frances Stark and Joan Jonas.

A Final Thought : Women in art

As in many other galleries at Tate Modern, here again we see art being used as an agent for social change. Some artists – mostly women – chose to use the creative process as a platform of silent protest. Their aim was to reclaim their bodies, and their lives. For so many centuries, women had been thought of as inferior to men. They were subjugated and treated like unintelligent and lesser-than. These were the driving forces behind the evolution of Feminism in art.

Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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