Part II of this lecture series, The Paintress’s Studio: The Woman Artist and the Medium, features two speakers: Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, the William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts and Director of Graduate Studies in the History of Art & Architecture at Harvard University, who was a Nochlin student from 1982-1992; and Molly Nesbit ’74, Vassar College Professor of Art on the Mary Conover Mellon Chair, who was a Nochlin student from 1970-1974.
They will discuss the reinvention of the medium in the work of some contemporary female painters. Focusing on the idea of the studio as a physical and imaginary locus of creation, it explores the role of making and materiality in the self-conception of these painters, suggesting ways in which their practices engage with the notion of the “woman artist” conceptualized by Linda Nochlin in her groundbreaking essay, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” ARTNews, 1971.
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Art historian Linda Nochlin ’51 taught at Vassar from 1952 until 1980, afterwards holding positions at the Graduate Center of the City of New York, Yale University, and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. While at Vassar, she wrote the 1971 ARTNews article, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” This led to research into forgotten and underappreciated women artists throughout history and, more broadly, raised consciousness among scholars regarding the way history is analyzed and understood. What’s more, Nochlin had an impact not only on how we view feminist art, but also on how we recognize the achievement of women in other endeavors. The scholars participating in this lecture series were students of Linda Nochlin’s, and their contributions, like those of many others, reflect her continuing legacy.