Women around the world heard the sounds of revolution when the Riot Grrl movement emerged in the early 1990s, sprouting from third wave feminism, punk rock, with a DIY aesthetic, resulting in a wild and vibrant creative output of fanzines, political rallies, even garage bands to counter the rampant racism, sexism, domestic abuse and other ills in society. OCMA's new exhibit Alien She brings much of that early Riot Grrl period to the forefront with a showcase of archived materials from band posters, drawings, zines, and photographs, to newer contemporary artworks by feminist artists Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Tammy Rae Carland, Miranda July, and more. While Riot Grrl has raged on and expanded in the twenty years since its beginnings, Alien She takes a look at the past and will likely inspire women of the present.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 15. Continues through May 24, 2015
Aimee Murillo is calendar editor and frequently covers film and previously contributed to the OCW’s long-running fashion column, Trendzilla. Don’t ask her what her favorite movie is unless you want to hear her lengthy defense of Showgirls.