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Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985

Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 presents the work of 120 women artists and collectives active in Latin America and the United States during a key period in Latin American history and the development of contemporary art. The artists represent fifteen countries and include emblematic figures such as Lygia Clark, Ana Mendieta, and Marta Minujín as well as lesser-known contemporaries such as the Cuban-born abstract artist Zilia Sánchez, the Colombian sculptor Feliza Bursztyn, and the Brazilian video artist Letícia Parente. The exhibition is the first survey of radical and feminist art practices in Latin America and among Latina artists in the United States.

For women artists in Latin America, the decades covered by the exhibition were a time of both repression and liberation. Most countries in the region were ruled by dictatorships or riven by civil war at some point during these years. The lives of many of the artists featured in Radical Women were thus enmeshed in experiences of authoritarianism, imprisonment, exile, torture, violence, and censorship. Yet this period also saw the emergence of new sensibilities. While few Latin American women artists identified as feminists, their works and their lives often manifested a vision of the female universe at odds with the region's repressive regimes and deeply rooted patriarchal values. The Latina and Chicana artists working in the United States developed an aesthetic that addressed the marginalization of women and of their own communities in American society. Many of them participated in the civil rights, antiwar, gay rights, and feminist movements. Whether based in Latin America or the United States, the artists embraced the expanded possibilities of the era, with some contributing to the revitalization of traditional mediums such as painting and sculpture and others taking up new disciplines such as video art, performance, and conceptual practices.

Central to the diverse works in Radical Women is the notion of the political body. The themes around which the exhibition is organized—the self-portrait, the relationship between the body and landscape, the mapping of the body, the erotic, the power of words, the performative body, resistance and fear, feminisms, and social places—serve to render visible the shared concerns of artists across a vast geographic region.

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Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 is organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty with arts institutions across Southern California. The exhibition is guest curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Andrea Giunta with Marcela Guerrero former curatorial fellow, in collaboration with Connie Butler, chief curator, Hammer Museum.

Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 is made possible through lead grants from the Getty Foundation.

Major funding is provided by the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation and Eugenio López Alonso. Generous support is provided by the Vera R. Campbell Foundation, Marcy Carsey, Betty and Brack Duker, Susan Bay Nimoy, and Visionary Women.

Additional support is provided by the Radical Women Leadership Committee and the Friends of Radical Women.

Radical Women Public Engagement programs are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. 

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Media sponsorship is provided by Cultured magazine, KCET, and KCRW 89.9 FM.

Exhibition design by Sebastian Clough.


Susan Bay Nimoy, Chair

Betty Duker
Catherine Benkaim and Barbara Timmer
Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky
Richard Buckley and Tom Ford
Vera R. Campbell
Marcy Carsey
Beth Rudin DeWoody and Firooz Zahedi
Manuela Herzer
Nancy Lainer
Mihail Lari and Scott Murray "In Honor of Our Mothers, Jacklyn E. Murray and Yasmeen Lari”
Agnes and Edward Lee
Leslie and William McMorrow
Viveca Paulin-Ferrell and Will Ferrell
Brenda Potter
Mark Sandelson
Jennifer Simchowitz
Visionary Women


Rosette Delug
Mauro Herlitzka
David Hoberman
Audrey Irmas
Deborah Irmas
Bettina Korek
Cindy Miscikowski
Dori Peterman Mostov and Charles Mostov
Proyectos LA
Kathleen and Chip Rosenbloom
Diane and Michael Silver
Susan Smalley and Kevin Wall
Pamela J. Smith
Simone and Kerry Vickar
Pamela West


Lili Bosse
Linda and Bob Gersh
Gloria Gerace
Heidi Hertel and Greg Hodes
Linda Janger
Philip Mercado and Todd Quinn
Angella and David Nazarian
Shelley Reid
Nancy and Miles Rubin
Chara Schreyer
Graham Steele

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"Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985." Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2019. https://​​radical-women/​.