AH 401 Gender, Art & Western Culture



Lois Mailou Jones,
Textile Design for Cretonne, 1928.


This course will explore the contributions of women artists to the western art tradition from prehistory to the present day focusing on the representation of sexuality and gender and the role of art in reflecting or constructing human identities. Visual language and art terminology will be used to examine a variety of artworks made by women from an assortment of historic, social, political and personal contexts. Because women have been traditionally underrepresented and generally discouraged from participating in the visual arts, students will develop a critical eye and learn to effectively utilize writing as they actively question the art historical tradition and thereby gain an advanced appreciation for the contributions of women artists in history.