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Introduction

In 1989 a group of Chicago women artists formed SisterSerpents, a radical feminist artist collective. The women were revolting against what they viewed as an oppressive, misogynist society.  They banded together to fight this sexism by using their art as a weapon to shock and frighten, to inspire women and to do away with the patriarchal system that oppressed them. SisterSerpents engaged in postering and stickering campaigns, gallery exhibitions and performance art to convey their ideologies. The group's work was done anonymously, and though they were based in Chicago, SisterSerpents' exhibitions featured art submitted by women from all over the country.

SisterSerpents' artwork was highly political and often explicit. Their artwork addressed themes such as reproductive rights, eradication of rape, institutionalized misogyny and sexism, and the oppression of women in society.  The group employed a unique blend of anger and humor to make poignant statements and convey their messages to the public.

This exhibit explores SisterSerpents’ foundations and ideologies. It also contains examples of their artwork and examines some of their audiences’ reactions.

Disclaimer: As previously mentioned, some of SisterSerpents' artwork is explicit. This exhibit contains material that some viewers may consider offensice. Discretion is advised.