CWC Docs: !Women Art Revolution

  • Thursday, May 2, 2024 / 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (PDT)
  • Pollock Theater
  • Screening Format: Digital Projection (83 minutes)
  • With Lynn Hershman Leeson (filmmaker)
  • Director: Lynn Hershman Leeson
    Starring: Miranda July, Marina Abramović, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger

Comprised of four decades’ worth of interviews and gleaned from over two hundred hours of footage, Lynn Hershman Leeson’s !Women Art Revolution provides an insightful exploration of the “secret history” of feminist art. The film sheds light on this under-explored movement through archival footage and conversations with the artists, curators, critics, and historians who brought it to life. Tracing its origins back to the antiwar and civil rights movements of the 1960s, the documentary charts significant developments in women’s art throughout the 1970s and beyond. Its title pays homage to Women Artists in Revolution (WAR), a coalition established in the 1960s to address the unique challenges confronting female artists.

The film documents the tenacity and courage of these trailblazing artists in dismantling the barriers faced by women, showcasing how their efforts culminated in what is now widely recognized as the most significant art movement of the late twentieth century. With a rousing score by Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein, the film features appearances by Miranda July, Marina Abramović, Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, The Guerilla Girls, Yvonne Rainer, Judy Chicago, B. Ruby Rich, Ingrid Sischy, Carolee Schneemann, Miriam Schapiro, Marcia Tucker and countless other groundbreaking figures.

This event was presented in conjunction with the exhibition A Box of One’s Own: Women Beyond Borders, organized by the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara and curated by Letícia Cobra Lima, UCSB History of Art & Architecture PhD candidate.

In this event, filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson joined moderator Letícia Cobra Lima (PhD candidate, History of Art & Architecture, UCSB and curator of A Box of One’s Own) for a live virtual post-screening discussion.


Lynn Hershman, Portraits and Artwork. Assigned by Phillip Gefter. Assignment #10100346A

Filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson

Lynn Hershman Leeson is a pioneer in site specific, performance, and interactive media. Most recently, she was honored by the Digital Art Museum in Berlin with the d.velop digital art award (d.daa), the most distinguished honor for lifetime achievement in the field of new media. Her other honors include the prestigious Golden Nica Prix Ars Electronica, the ZKM/Seimens Media Arts Award and, as a Sundance Screenwriter Fellow, the Flintridge Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts. She received The Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize for writing and directing Teknolust. She also received the International Association of Digital Arts award for “innovative storytelling,” the Zero One Prize for “Media that Matters,” and a Creative Capital Grant for !Women Art Revolution. In 2009, she became a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Siggraph. Hershman Leeson wrote, directed, and produced the feature films TeknolustConceiving Ada, and Strange Culture, all starring Tilda Swinton, in addition to fourteen other films and shorts. Her films have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and Berlin International Film Festival.

Her artwork is held in numerous collections, including at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The National Gallery of Canada, DG Bank (Frankfurt) and The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis). She has published extensively, is the Chair of the Film Department at the San Francisco Art Institute, and is Emeritus Professor at the University of California, Davis.


Moderator Letícia Cobra Lima

Letícia Cobra Lima is a PhD Candidate in the History of Art & Architecture department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies. Specializing in contemporary women and queer artists from Latin America, her dissertation “Assembling the Body: Sculpture in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia, 1960-1996” thematizes the body-based sculpture of Farnese de Andrade (1926-1996), Feliza Bursztyn (1933-1982), and Liliana Maresca (1951-1994). Letícia received the 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2022-23 Murray Roman Curatorial Fellowship from the Art, Design & Architecture Museum (UCSB), where she currently serves as Graduate Curator of Education. She has a master’s degree in Visual Arts (Santa Catarina State University, Brazil, 2014) and bachelor’s degrees in Graphic Design (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, 2011) and Visual Arts (Santa Catarina State University, Brazil, 2015).

 This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center, the Center for Feminist Futures, and the UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum.

CWC Docs

The Carsey-Wolf Center is committed to screening documentaries from across the world that engage with contemporary and historical issues, especially regarding social justice and environmental concerns. Documentaries allow filmmakers to address pressing issues and frame the critical debates of our time.