Fine Arts | Gender and Genius in 20th Century Art (Topics in Art History) Undergraduates Only
A490 | 26695 | Kennedy
THIS SECTION FOR UNDERGRADUATES ONLY
In 1971 Linda Nochlin’s ground-breaking essay “Why Have There Been
No Great Women Artists” identified the concept of genius—
traditionally gendered as male and often associated with sexual
prowess—as one of the barriers that kept women artists on the
fringes of art history. This course will examine verbal and visual
metaphors of artistic creativity, representations of artists in
popular culture, biographies of male and female artists, art
criticism in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the work of
women artists (Suzanne Valadon, Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Helen
Frankenthaler, Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois) who in one way or
another confronted the issue of gendered creativity.
Requirements will include summaries of readings, brief
oral reports throughout the semester, and a term-paper.
This section carries undergraduate credit only.