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This course explores both the depiction of women in art and the experience of female artists across a long period, from antiquity to the present day, through an introduction to the gender politics of visual culture. Using case studies and site visits in London’s world-class collections, the course addresses the historical constraints on women artists as well as the ways in which women challenged their exclusion from art academies and artistic patronage. Students will examine representations of women by both male and female artists and how these have changed over time. The course also investigates the ways in which international museums and collections are responding to the current interest in gender politics and its effect on culture at large. Students will gain a variety of critical skills through which to understand and critique current approaches to art, women and display.

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The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    11th June - 22nd June, 2018.
  • Faculty
  • Sample Topics And Suggested Reading

    Sample Topics And Suggested Reading

    Sample Topics:

    • The Female Nude

    • ‘Overlooked’ and ‘rediscovered’ women artists from the early Renaissance to Baroque (Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Clara Peeters)

    • Women artists of the 18th Century in England and France

    • The female Impressionist painters and 19th Century chauvinism

    • Depictions of motherhood and the maternal

    • Women and modernist design

    • The suffragette movement and war on culture

    • Women and Work

    • The feminist body as site for art practice (Carolee Schneeman, Marina Abramovic, Ana Mendieta)

    • Misogyny and the art market

    • Women and the domestic (Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, cloth, embroidery, housework)

    • Women, advertising and consumer culture

    • 20th and 21st Century feminism and art (Guerilla Girls, Pussy Riot)
      Suggested Reading

    Suggested Reading:

    Whitney Chadwick, Women, Art and Society (Thames and Hudson, 2012).
    Lynda Nead, The Female Nude: Art, Obscenity and Sexuality (Routledge, 2012).
    Roszika Parker and Griselda Pollock, Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology (I.B. Tauris, 2013)
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    Course Fees And Registration


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