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NMSU Women's Studies goes 'bananas' in March

The Guerrilla Girls, an internationally known group of feminist "masked avengers," are bringing the fight for gender justice in the arts to Las Cruces at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 11.



The Guerrilla Girls, an internationally known group of feminist "masked avengers," are bringing the fight for gender justice in the arts to Las Cruces Thursday, March 11. (Image courtesy Mary Benanti)

Through facts, humor and outrageous visuals, this historic activist group-famed for wearing gorilla masks-exposes sexism, racism and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture.

The Las Cruces appearance of the group will help mark the 20th anniversary of the Women's Studies Program at New Mexico State University. The women, who are artists themselves, take the names of famous deceased female artists to conceal their own identities while keeping the focus on issues. The two performers coming to Las Cruces, co-founders of the group, use the names Frida Kahlo and Kathe Kollwitz–two women artists whose works broke international art boundaries.

In addition to helping celebrate NMSU's Women's Studies anniversary, the performance takes place during the program's Waded Cruzado Gender Justice Week. The week, named for the former NMSU provost and interim president, takes place along with International Women's Day each year as part of Women's History Month.

"Dr. Cruzado believed in women's studies and its significance at the university," said Lisa Bond-Maupin, director of the women's studies program and sociology department head. "She understood the potential of women's studies at NMSU and invested resources where little had been invested before."

For an enlightening, entertaining and powerful presentation, join us at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at the Court Youth Center/Alma d'Arte High School, 402 West Court Ave. Tickets are $12 for the general audience and $5 for students, and are available from Ticketmaster and the Pan Am Center Box Office.

The event is sponsored by the NMSU Women's Studies Program, Department of Sociology, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Women's Studies/Journalism "Women and PR Group."

For more information, visit http://www.nmsu.edu/~wstudies or call (575) 646-3448. Also see
http://www.guerrillagirls.com.