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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Jan 23, 2018
Academic Catalog 2017-2018

HART390 Feminism and Art History 3cr

The feminist movement of the 1960s and ‘70s
raised questions for both artists and art
historians about the absence of women in the
canon of art history. Scholars and artists first
set out to retrieve the stories of unsung
heroines of the past, and to probe the nature of
female creativity and artistic identity. These
early efforts led to a deeper understanding of
the effect of socially accepted gender roles on
art production as well as reception. The
development of feminist critical theory has
changed the way we look at art history, not only
from the perspective of gender identity, but also
with an awareness of the ways that art reflects
attitudes toward race, religion, and social
status. This course will follow the trajectory of
feminist art history and criticism as it has
expanded from the first inquiries of the 1970s
and enriched the stories we tell about art in the
past and the present.

Prerequisites: HART-100