Wednesdays EB217, 2:30-5:20 pm

Simone de BeauvoirCourse description: This course will address ways in which feminist theory concerning gender has affected the visual arts since the early 20th century, with an emphasis on second- and third-wave feminist thought since World War II. Students will explore influences upon the ways Western culture has defined art and artists in gendered terms, consider how gender is relevant to the creation and study of arts and culture, and the socio-cultural factors influencing gender and sexuality in the arts, and be encouraged to adopt a critical perspective regarding the arts, gender, and culture.


Art in the news:
NEW! New translation of The Second Sex inspires Guardian critic to revisit "women's writing"
Grand Arts opens Ecstatic Resistance, with work that rethinks feminist protest
New York Times evaluates the progress and problems of women behind the movie cameras
        [NYT critic Manohla Dargis takes off the gloves on her above article in Jezebel interview]
Lady Gaga finally outs herself as a feminist?
Australian scholar shares her classroom discussions of feminism and youth
Chicago exhibition explores "visual resistance in feminist art movements"
Brand-new book explores the complex history of women at the Bauhaus
Bauhaus ceramist Margarete Heymann a reminder of sexism's effects on art history

Transgender teens challenge legality of high-school dress codes across U.S.
Very funny perspective on porn's influence on contemporary sex from Salon
LTTR's K8 Hardy discusses her nutty feminist fashion photography
        [Go to Reena Spaulings Fine Art website for K8 Hardy's work]
Journalist Joanne Lipman's take on women and work in the current economy
Second-wave art pioneer Nancy Spero dies at age 83
Interview with Sam Taylor-Wood, at work on a full-length film
TIME magazine considers "The State of the American Woman"
Barbara Ehrenreich takes on the latest "happiness study" for women
British "op-art" painter Bridget Riley receives retrospective in England
    [Go to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool website for information and video interview]
Debate rages surrounding an archive of Frida Kahlo's work and documents
Interview with French artist Sophie Calle
The Guardian muses over the feminist appeal of Brigitte Bardot on her 75th birthday
Feministing.com community discusses the "female warriors" in recent popular film
Whitney Museum exhibition explores Georgia O'Keeffe's abstraction
NYTimes discusses the history and recent retreads of the feminist horror film
Frieze magazine reviews Grace Jones' new tour as her "feminist manifesto"
Interview with artist Paula Rego in The Guardian
Performance artist Orlan walks London's The Guardian through her wild career

Pompidou Center opens elles@centrepompidou to showcase its collection of contemporary women artists
    [Go to the Pompidou's elles@centrepompidou website]

Lecture links:
NEW! Read the New York Times Magazine feature on studies of female sexuality
The female gaze? Watch Sophie Muller's Kings of Leon Use Somebody video
Race rant from Do The Right Thing [1989]
Gloria Steinem on being a "groovy chick" in 1968