***NB There is no class on Monday February 20***
Imagine having your life’s work reduced to a footnote in history – or worse, erased altogether. Through the 1980s, only 5% of the artists in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Modern Art section were female – while 85% of its nudes were women. Many people think there was an absence of female artists in the past, but that isn’t true. There have been successful female artists that changed the form and direction of artistic practice, but, rather than celebrating these women, art museums and art history simply ignored them. In this class we will explore gifted and successful female artists, discover artists who actively nurtured the work of fellow female artists, and discuss artists who have only been remembered as the wives and mistresses of great men. We will uncover the lives and art of pioneering women – and investigate just how their work alters our understanding of art history.
Instructor: Kimberly Johnson
Kimberly Johnson is an American art historian currently teaching at the University of Alberta. Her areas of specialization include the utility and innovation in the visual culture of anatomical models, materiality of bodily representation in contemporary artistic practice, and the phenomenology of museum experience through the lens of disability. When she isn’t teaching, researching or working on project development, Kimberly enjoys shocking colleagues, friends, family and acquaintances with photos of unusual and unsettling specimens and works of art that she will inevitably incorporate into her work.