Fall 2014

To Sculpt a Modern Woman's Life

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-374  |  European Studies, as EUST-384  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-374

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Natasha Staller (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 374, EUST 384, and SWAG 374.) We will revel in dramatically different works by women artists, from Magdalena Abakanowicz, Lynda Benglis and Louise Bourgeois, to Eva Hesse, Jeanne-Claude, Jenny Holzer, Rona Pondick, Doris Salcedo, Kiki Smith and Rachel Whiteread on down, as we explore how they created themselves through their work. As a foil, we will analyze the invented personas of Sarah Bernhardt and Madonna, as well as images of women by Renoir, Cézanne, Picasso, Magritte, de Kooning, Woody Allen, and Saura. While we will focus on original objects and primary texts (such as artists' letters or interviews), we will also critique essays by current feminist scholars and by practitioners of "the new cultural his-tory," in order to investigate possible models for understanding the relationship between a woman and her modern culture at large. Assignments will include a substantial research paper and at least one field trip.

Requisite: One course in modern art or consent of the instructor.  Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester. Professor Staller.

If Overenrolled: Students will write a page after the first class, explaining why they want to take the seminar


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014