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Guerrilla Girls: First They Want To Take Away A Woman's Right To Choose... Now They're Censoring Art

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Guerrilla Girls

First They Want To Take Away A Woman's Right To Choose... Now They're Censoring Art

On View

Feb 1, 1991 – Mar 31, 1991

About the Exhibition

This citywide billboard project by the Guerrilla Girls (formed in New York in 1985) is the fourth and final artwork of the Public Art Fund’s PSA: Public Service Art exhibition series. The Guerrilla Girls have created ten billboards that alert the public to the current threat of censorship and a woman’s right to choose. The billboard depicts Mona Lisa, her image appropriated from Leonardo Da Vinci’s renowned portrait, with a fig leaf over her mouth. The comical illustration is underscored by a more somber message that reads: First they want to take away a woman’s right to choose. Now they’re censoring art.

Location

E Houston Street & 2nd Avenue

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