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Rebel Women: The Great Art Fight Back

Documentary telling the story of the generation of female artists who, having emerged out of the tumult of the late 1960s, aimed to radically change the way women were perceived.

Out of the tumult and fervour of the late 1960s emerged a generation of artists who set out to start a revolution. As women around the world joined forces to fight for liberation, the formative art movement of the last four decades was about to explode into being. On both sides of the Atlantic, women were tearing up art history and reinventing the arena of art with experimental new mediums and provocative political statements. Questioning everything from the way women were presented in magazines to the right to equal pay, female artists aimed to radically change the way women were perceived.

Mary Kelly caused outrage in the tabloids by displaying dirty nappies at the ICA, Margaret Harrison's depiction of Hugh Hefner as a bunny girl resulted in her exhibition being shut down by the police, and in Los Angeles Judy Chicago founded the first feminist art course and told her students to only study work by women. Alongside interviews with Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, Suzanne Lacy, Carolee Schneemann, Rose English, Laurie Simmons and Barbara Kruger, The Great Art Fight Back tells the story of these revolutionary artists and celebrates the grit, humour and determination that wrote women back into art history for good.

59 minutes

Last on

Fri 10 Jul 2020 00:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:02

    Big Brother & the Holding Company

    Women Is Losers

  • 00:03

    The Stooges

    Little Doll

  • 00:06

    Dusty Springfield

    You Don't Own Me

  • 00:07

    Dorothy Ashby


  • 00:08

    Lou Reed

    Walk On The Wild Side

  • 00:11

    Frankie Knuckles

    Your Love

  • 00:12

    The Raincoats

    No One's Little Girl

  • 00:13

    X‐Ray Spex

    Oh Bondage Up Yours

  • 00:17


    Hung Over

  • 00:22

    Arthur Russell

    A Little Lost

  • 00:25

    The Durutti Column


  • 00:27

    John Lennon And Yoko Ono

    Sisters O Sisters

  • 00:28

    David Axelrod

    A Little Girl Lost

  • 00:33

    Angel Olsen


  • 00:42


    You're No Good

  • 00:49


    These Days

  • 00:55


    Girls Like Us

  • 00:57

    Patti Smith

    Hey Joe

  • 00:58

    Siouxsie and the Banshees

    Hong Kong Garden


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Judy Chicago
Interviewed Guest Daria Dorosh
Interviewed Guest Rose English
Interviewed Guest Alison Gingeras
Interviewed Guest Mary Grigoriadis
Interviewed Guest Margaret Harrison
Interviewed Guest Lubaina Himid
Interviewed Guest Mary Kelly
Interviewed Guest Suzanne Lacy
Interviewed Guest Frances Morris
Interviewed Guest Griselda Pollock
Interviewed Guest Carolee Schneemann
Interviewed Guest Alice Wroe
Interviewed Guest Barbara Zucker
Narrator Anneka Harry
Colourist Mark Slobodian
On-line editing Tristan Lancey
Sound Mixer Ben Worlidge
Production Assistant Anna Kidel
Production Assistant Greg Barber
Production Manager Hazel Graham
Assistant Producer Emily Wallis
Editor Anne Dummett
Executive Producer Emma Cahusac
Executive Producer Claire Whalley
Producer Clare Tavernor
Director Clare Tavernor
Production Company What Larks! Productions


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