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VIRTUAL BOOK TALK: Women in the Picture: What Culture Does with Female Bodies

Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is requested

VIRTUAL TICKETS | Members and VESP holders free and Visitors $5

LOCATION | Zoom

VIRTUAL BOOK TALK: Women in the Picture: What Culture Does with Female Bodies

with Catherine McCormack

Venus, maiden, wife, mother, monster―women have been bound so long by these restrictive roles, codified by patriarchal culture, that we scarcely see them. Catherine McCormack illuminates the assumptions behind these stereotypes whether writ large or subtly hidden. She ranges through Western art―think Titian, Botticelli, and Millais―and the image-saturated world of fashion photographs, advertisements, and social media, and boldly counters these depictions by turning to the work of women artists like Morisot, Ringgold, Lacy, and Walker, who offer alternative images for exploring women’s identity, sexuality, race, and power in more complex ways.

Catherine McCormack is author of The Art of Looking Up, as well as curator and lecturer in historic and contemporary art history. She is the founder and course director of the Women and Art study program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and lives in London.

 
 

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