Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson Brings !WAR To Napa Valley
Throughout the month of April, Napa Valley is celebrating the arts. Join Hess Collection Winery for a special event and presentation of the award-winning film !WAR featuring a rousing score by Carrie Brownstein. The film
will debut in the West Galley of the Hess Art Collection at The Hess
on Saturday, April 28, 2012 and benefits the Arts Council of Napa Valley
The film is a moving collection of interviews with female artists
recorded over four decades by artist Lynn Hershman Leeson captures the
history of women in contemporary art, in their own, often contentious
retelling of the impact of the feminist art movement that dates to the
beginning of the women’s liberation and civil rights movements of the
1960’s. !WAR was selected as one of the three best documentaries of 2011 by the
Museum of Modern Art in New York, and is an official selection of the
Sundance, Berlin, San Francisco, Toronto and Human Rights Watch Film
This not-to-be-missed event begins with a garden wine reception at The Hess Collection at 3
p.m., followed by a conversation with artist Leeson in the West Gallery
of the Hess Art Collection led by popular KQED Forum host Michael
Krasny. The 83-minute film follows. Later, an exclusive dinner with
limited seating with artist Leeson and Michael Krasny which will further
benefit the Arts Council. CLICK HERE
to purchase tickets online which include the reception, artist talk, and film screening all for only $100. For information about the exclusive dinner, which is a separate event and ticket, please contact Ashley Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707.255.1144 x-226.
Synopsis of !WAR (Women Art Revolution)
An entertaining and revelatory “secret history” of Feminist Art, !Women Art Revolution deftly
illuminates this under-explored movement through conversations, observations, archival footage and works of visionary artists, historians, curators and critics. Starting from its roots in 1960s antiwar and civil rights protests, the film details major developments in women’s art through the 1970s and explores how the tenacity and courage of these pioneering artists resulted in what is now widely regarded as the most significant art movement of the late 20th century.
For more than forty years, filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson (Teknolust, Strange Culture) has collected a plethora of interviews with her contemporaries — and shaped them into an intimate portrayal of their fight to break down barriers facing women both in the art world and society at large. With a rousing score by Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein, !W.A.R. features Miranda July, The Guerilla Girls, Yvonne Rainer, Judy Chicago, Marina Abramovic, Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, B. Ruby Rich, Ingrid Sischy, Carolee Schneemann, Miriam Schapiro, Marcia Tucker and countless other groundbreaking figures.
Watch the Film Trailer!