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Instinct Art Gallery Presents “Unfiltered: The Art of Sue Coe, Nancy Robinson, and the Guerrilla Girls”

Instinct-art-gallery-logoOpening Saturday January 23, from 6:00 to 8:00pm, and runs through March 12, 2016. Instinct Art Gallery, 940 Nicollet Mall.

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 to 5:00pm.


As part of the Guerrilla Girls ‘takeover’ of Minneapolis (January through March, 2016), Instinct Gallery has paired international illustrator, Sue Coe with local painter Nancy Robinson. Both women came of age as artists in the 1970-1980’s, a time of uprising on many fronts including feminism.  The exhibition also includes a video by the Guerrilla Girls that surveys their work over the past 30 years.

Sue Coe is one of the foremost political artists working today and is known around the world for exposing human inflicted tragedies.

Nancy Robinson paints eerie, funny narratives in which she is usually the protagonist on a mission to transcend the weirdness of the world around her and in her mind.

The Guerrilla Girls are famous for taking on the art world’s sexism through their fact and humor based exposition art that they take to the streets.

These artists put themselves on the line to shape the world around them.  They use different strategies and art forms, take aim at different aspects of our humanness, and present themselves in very different personas.  What unites them is their bravery to be who they are in the face of what we, as a society, are.

Special Events:

Saturday Feb 6: Claim Humane Talking Circle.  2:00 to $;00pm Join Amy Leo Barankovich of Claim Humane* as she convenes an evening of heartfelt reflection and conversation. After viewing the Sue Coe/Nancy Robinson exhibit, we will gather in a talking-circle and share how these images have affected us.

Saturday, February 20: Animal Rights Coalition Social Event. 4:00 to 6:00pm

Please join us for hors d’oeuvres, violin music, and mingling amidst the exhibition, UNFILTERED: Sue Coe, Nancy Robinson and the Guerrilla Girls.  The Animal Rights Coalition (ARC)  works to end the suffering, abuse, and exploitation of non-human animals. The UNFILTERED artists are activists across a range of issues including Animal Rights, Feminism, and Personal Identity.  In direct connection with this event, Sue Coe is one of the foremost activist artists working on animal rights in the world today. This will be a fun time in support of good causes.  It is a chance to meet the people behind ARC in the context of a great art exhibit.

Saturday, March 5, 2016: Robyne Robinson and Nancy Robinson in Conversation.  6:00 to 7:30pm and just prior to the GUERRILLA GIRLS TALK OUT AT THE TWIN CITIES TAKE OVER, March 5, 2016 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM, at the State Theater, 805 Hennepin ave. (just 3 blocks away).  Start here and walk there.

Sue Coe’s art is graphic, intense, and spares no horror.  Her topics include the atrocities of war, the slaughterhouses, and imperialism.  She shows us what we’d rather not face about our humanness. Coe is an international figure whose public persona is like that of an expose’ journalist.

Nancy Robinson paints her way into being.  She is the main character in paintings that reveal the wackiness of life and of her patterns of thought.  She is funny, playful, fantastical, honest, and often, the ‘bad girl’ but one that portrays what it is like to be a woman, for an empathic response. She is also a feminist expressing a form of women’s sexuality that runs against the grain of puritan values, and also outside of Hollywood narratives. The transparency of her identity quest, wacky worlds, and strange desires releases the viewer, for a moment, from social convention. This is Nancy’s gift.

The Guerilla Girls are infamous for exposing sexism and other isms in the 80’s art world through satirical graphic artwork with statistics presented in public spaces.  For 30 years they have continued this work, shaming our institutions into more equitable practices.  In recent years they’ve used their art and methods to train and sponsor activists working on many agendas. In 2016 they will conduct a citywide takeover of the twin-cities, where upwards of 20 museums and galleries are participating. Publicly they have remained anonymous, wearing guerilla masks as they execute their guerilla tactics.

These artists are unrestrained voices in a sea of well-mannered voices.