“It doesn’t take a genius to realize this system is ripe for corruption,” “Zubeida Agha” told an audience at the Bruce Museum this week. Members take their names from an array of prominent female artists, diverse in geographic and historic scope. On their website, the Guerrilla Girls describe themselves as “feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman.” Less than 5 percent of artists with work displayed in the modern art section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City are women, but 85 percent of the nude sculptures are of women. Kahlo and Agha also took part in a panel at the Bruce with local figures from the art world, including collector Sandra Joys, dealer Cristin Tierney, artist Hillary Harkness and Mia Laufer, co-curator of the current Bruce exhibition, “Her Crowd,” which features contemporary art created by women and drawn from private collections from collectors in Fairfield and Westchester counties. Even among art-collecting couples, they said, the decision about which art to purchase is often monopolized by the male figure in the relationship.
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