Installation shot of Alien She at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University: A sampling of zines and distribution catalogues (1991-2013) primarily from the original Riot Grrrl movement. The zines cover a range of topics such as sexism, empowerment, fat activism, mental illness, gender identity, violence, racism, homophobia and sex work. Photo courtesy of the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University.
Alien She, the touring exhibition on the influential global punk feminist movement of Riot Grrrl, has received recent media attention from the Philadelphia Inquirer and other media outlets. The show is now on view at Philadelphia's Vox Populi through April 27 with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Edith Newhall writes, "Vox's front gallery has been transformed into a library of self-published zines and handmade posters displayed on wall-size racks (seen sideways from a distance, these aggregations of colorful little self-published magazines look like giant quilts or abstract paintings) accompanied by display cases of cassette tapes, letters, band T-shirts, and other ephemera. Recordings of salient punk-rock songs can be listened to and videos of interviews with prominent riot grrrls can be watched." Read more >
In another Inquirer article, Samantha Melamed examines Alien She in the larger context of Riot Grrrl's continued influence: "The exhibition's curators, Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss, were involved with Riot Grrrl as teenagers in California in the 1990s. [...] 'One of the most interesting things is that we've seen how Riot Grrrl has influenced our friends, peers, artists, and colleagues today,' Moss said." Read more >
At The Seen, Joshua Michael Demaree writes, "The entire show is like walking into a living archive—a Derridean commencement and commandment: 'This is what Riot Grrrl was and this is what Riot Grrrl continues to be.'" Read more >
At Noisey, VICE's music website, curators Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss talk about the exhibition in their own words: "Alien She shows that Riot Grrrl's feminist messages are still urgent, present, and with us." Read more >