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More than muses: A feminist guide to art history

Module two: Women in the picture

Hear from Gallery experts and some feisty guest speakers. Expect their provocative talks to get you thinking, even if you take a different view.
Date
Various dates
  • Friday, 3 May 2019
  • Friday, 10 May 2019
  • Friday, 17 May 2019
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019
  • Friday, 31 May 2019
Time
2 - 4 pm

About


Do women have to be naked to get into a national gallery? The Guerrilla Girls put this question to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1989 via their iconic poster proclaiming that ‘less than 5% of the artists in the modern art sections are women, but 85% of the nudes are female.’

Find out how women have broken into and reshaped the ‘boys’ club’ art establishment; whether the female nude can survive #MeToo; and how women leaders are redressing the balance when it comes to the representation of women artists.

This course explores the work of women artists, patrons, collectors, art writers, and leaders in the arts. It considers how women have represented themselves in paintings, the challenges women artists grapple with, and how feminism has opened up an alternative history of art.
Image: Artemisia Gentileschi, 'Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria', about 1615-17

Part 1

Painted ladies
Friday, 3 May 2019
From goddesses to witches, and from virgins to temptresses, how have women been represented in art? Do male and female artists represent women differently?

After the break, Penny Huntsman considers how Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Judith beheading Holofernes’ differs from versions painted by her male contemporaries? To what extent should her rape inform the way we read this painting?

Part 2

A picture of motherhood
Friday, 10 May 2019
How have male and female artists depicted motherhood? And how have women artists perceived the impact of motherhood on the art they produce?

After the break, Belle Smith discusses the art of Berthe Morisot, who defied the social norms of her time to join the Parisian avant-garde. She depicted scenes of motherhood and private, intimate moments of women's lives.

Part 3

Seeing ourselves: Women's self portraits
Friday, 17 May 2019
Curator Letizia Treves discusses the National Gallery’s recent acquisition of Artemisia Gentileschi's Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

After the break, curator Francesca Whitlum-Cooper explains what self-portraits by Rosalba Carriera and Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun tell us about how women artists lived, worked, and saw themselves.

Part 4

The female nude
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Many male artists have felt the urge to paint the female nude! Belle Smith discusses some iconic representations of the female nude by male and female artists. She explores how contemporary female artists such as Jenny Saville and Cornelia Parker have challenged the ideal of the female nude, in paintings that are personal, brave, iconic, raw or erotic.

After the break, Christina Bradstreet discusses Degas’s representation of women in the context of 19th-century ideas of gender and race.

Part 5

Can the female nude survive #MeToo?
Friday, 31 May 2019
Can women artists escape the legacy of the ‘male gaze’ in their depictions of other women? What are the power dynamics in paintings by women of men? We consider ‘the female gaze’.

After the break curator Clare Gannaway joins Deborah Cherry to reflect on an intervention at Manchester City Art Gallery by artist Sonia Boyce, in which Waterhouse’s ‘Hylas and the Nymphs’ was removed from display to provoke conversation.
Courses

More than muses: A feminist guide to art history

Module two: Women in the picture

Hear from Gallery experts and some feisty guest speakers. Expect their provocative talks to get you thinking, even if you take a different view.
Date
Various dates
  • Friday, 3 May 2019
  • Friday, 10 May 2019
  • Friday, 17 May 2019
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019
  • Friday, 31 May 2019
Time
2 - 4 pm

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Module two: Women in the picture
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Standard: £40
Concessions: £38
Members & Patrons: £35
Students: £20

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