ERIC Number: ED432968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Art: Discipline Analysis. Women in the Curriculum Series.
Dietrich, Linnea; Hurd, Diane Smith
This essay examines the ways in which art and art history, as disciplines, have been influenced by feminist scholarship and research into the areas of gender, sexuality, and race. It explains that before the interventions of feminist art historians and theorists of art, beginning in the 1970s, the history of art was conceived of and taught as a chronological sequence of masters and monuments in Western art. The essay goes on to note that a feminist history of art emerged in the 1970s, led by the publication of Linda Nochlin's essay "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" It explains that feminism, art, and arts activism have gone hand in hand since the early days of the contemporary women's movement. In 1980s feminist art history continued to investigate women's achievements, as well as focusing on challenging the traditional assumptions of art history itself; in the 1990s authors and publishers were attempting to include women artists in survey texts. The feminist perspective has also influenced pedagogy, leading to more interaction and collaboration between teachers and students. (Contains 125 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Art, Art Education, Art History, College Curriculum, College Instruction, Ethnicity, Females, Feminism, Feminist Criticism, Gender Issues, Higher Education, Race, Sex Bias, Sex Differences, Sex Fairness, Teaching Methods, Theories
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Towson Univ., Baltimore, MD. National Center for Curriculum Transformation Resources on Women.
Note: For related documents in this series, see HE 032 663-689.