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ARTD 3089: Women in Modern Art: Further Reading

ARTD 3089: Women in Modern Art : Mona Hadler


Bibliography on Gender theory

Gender theory: the gaze, masquerade and drag, the abject and cyborgian feminism will be discussed in class.  Pdf’s of the following essays will be emailed to you. When one of these essays is assigned, answer the questions here as best as you can and we will discuss this in class.

Laura Mulvey, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,1975

What does Mulvey see as the pleasure of looking and why does it need to be destroyed?  Why is the gaze important.

Joan Riviere , “Womanliness as a  Masquerade” 1929

What is a masquerade for feminist theory?  What does construction of identity mean? 

Judith Butler, “Imitation and Gender Insubordination,”

What is the performative? How is drag a performance (or masquerade)? Why is this important?

            bell hooks, The Oppositional Gaze, Black Female Spectators, l994

What are bell hooks’ main points about black female spectatorship? What is an oppositional gaze?

Julia Kristeva, Approaching Abjection, l982 translated

            What is abjection? How does it “destroy the order”? 

Donna Haraway, Cyborg Manifesto  Why would Haraway rather be a cyborg than a goddess?

Bibliography   for your interest

Gita May, Elisabeth Elisabeth Vigee LeBrun the Odyssey of an artist in an age of revolution

Mary Sheriff, the Exceptional woman: Elisabeth Vigee Lebrun and the cultural Politics of Art, l996

Barbara Bloemink, the Art and Life of Florine Stettheimer, Yale, l995

Elizabeth Sussman, Florine Stettheimer: Manhattan Fantastica, 1995

Shiela Clark, The Stettheimer Dollhouse, 2009

Aruna d’Souza and Tom McDonough, The Invisible Flaneuse? Gender, Public Space and Visual culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris, Manchester University Press, 2006

Ruth Iskin, Modern women and Parisian Consumer Culture in Impressionist Paintings, Cambridge University Press, 2007

Catharina von Ankum, Women in the Metropolis: Gender and Modernity in Weimar Culture, Berkeley, 1997

Ana Mendieta, Fundacio Antonio Tapies, Barcelona, l996

Dore Ashton, Rosa Bonheur: A Life and a Legend, l980

John Berger, Ways of Seeing, New York, l977

Marcia Brennan, Modernism’s Masculine Subjects, MIT, 2004

John E. Bowlt, Amazons of the Avant Garde, New York, 2000.

Norma Broude and Mary Garrard eds, Reclaiming Female Agency, Feminist Art History after Postmodernism, U. of California Press, 2005

___________Feminism and Art History: Questioning the Litany, l983

___________The Expanding Discourse, l992

___________The Power of Feminist Art, l994

Victor Burgin, Formations of Fantasy, Methuen Press, l986

Whitney Chadwick, Women Art and Society, London, 3rd edition 2002

___________Women and the Surrealist Movement, l985

___________Significant Others, Creativity and Intimate Partnership, l993

Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party,l979

Keith Christiansen, Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi, Yale, 2001

Sonia Delaunay, Exhibition Catalogue, Cooper Hewitt Museum, 2011

Helen Cooper, Eva Hesse, A Retrospective, New Haven, l992

Amanda Cruz, Elizabeth Smith, Amelia Jones, Cindy Sherman Retrospective, l997

Magadalena Dabrowski, Luibov Popova, l991

Katy Deepwell ed, Women Artists and Modernism, Manchester, l998

Alicia Foster, Gwen John, Princeton, 1999

Tamar Garb, Bodies of Modernity: Fiction and Flesh in Fin-de-Siecle France (London: Thames and Hudson, l998).

Mary Garrard, Artemisia Gentileschi: The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Sculpture, Princeton, l988.

Mona Hadler  ”Lee Bontecou’s Worldscapes,” in Elizabeth Smith,  Lee Bontecou Retrospective, Abrams, 2003

__________”Lee Bontecou: Plastic Fish and Grinning Sawblades,” Women’s Art Journal, Spring, 2007

___________“Lee Bontecou and Drawing: From the Real to the Strange,” Woman’s Art Journal,  35, no 1 (Spring/Summer 2014): 23-32

Hayden Herrera, Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo, l983

Thomas B Hess and Elizabeth Baker, Art and Sexual Politics, Why Have There Been no Great Women Artists? , l971

Renee Hubert, Magnifying Mirrors, Women Surrealism and Partnership, U. of Nebraska Press, l994

Alison Jaggar and Susan Bordo, ed. Gender, Body Knowledge: Feminist Reconstruction of Being and Knowing, l980

Amelia Jones, Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party in Feminist Art History, Berkeley, l996

____________Feminism and Visual Culture Reader, Routledge, 2005, second edition 2012

____________Performing the Body, Routledge, l999

___________ Seeing Differently, Routledge, 2012

Janet Kaplan, Unexpected Journey’s: The Art of Remedios Varo, l988

Martha Kearns, Kathe Kollwitz: Woman and Artist, l976

Mary Kelly, Post-Partum Document, London, l983

Maud Lavin, Cut with a Kitchen Knife: The Photomontages of Hannah Hoch, New Haven, l993

Lucy Lippard, Eva Hesse, From the Center, l979

Laurie Lisle, Portrait of an Artists: Georgia O’Keefe, A Biography, New York, l980

Barbara Lynes, O’Keefe, Steiglitz and the Critics, l916-1929, Ann Arbor, l989

Richard Meyer, Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth Century American Art, (Oxford University Press), 2002

Cindy Nemser, Art Talk: Conversations with 12 Women Artists, l975

Mignon Nixon, Fantastic Reality, Louise Bourgeois and a Story of Modern Art, MIT, 2005

Linda Nochlin, Women Art and Power, l988

Rozsika Parker, the Subversive Stitch, Routledge, 1984, 2003

Maria Elena Buszek’s Extra/Ordinary : Craft and Contemporary Art, Duke 2011

________________ Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality and Popular Culture,  Duke, 2006

Rozsika Parker and Griselda Pollock, Old Mistresses, Women Art and Ideology, l981

Griselda Pollock, Mary Cassatt, Painter of Modern Women, l998

______________Vision and Difference: Femininity, Feminism and Histories of Art, London, l988.


Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Male Trouble: A Crisis in Representation (London: Thames and Hudson, l997).

Susan Suleiman, The Female Body in Western Culture: Contemporary Perspectives, Cambridge, l986

Elisabeth Sussman, Florine Stettheimer, Manhattan Fantastica, New York, l995

_____________, Eva Hesse Sculpture, Yale, 2006

Sharyn Udall, Carr, O’Keefe, Kahlo, Places of their own, Yale, 2001

Ann Wagner, Three Artists (Three Women): Modernism and the Art of Hesse, Krasner and O’Keefe, Berkeley, l997

Sally Webster, Eve’s daughter/Modern Woman : A Mural by Mary Cassatt, U. of Nebraska Press, 2004

Mari Yoshihara, White Women and American Orientalism, Oxford Press, 2003

Carol Armstrong, Women Artists at the Millennium, MIT Press, 2006

Butler, Wack: Art and the Feminist Revolution, MIT Press, 2006

Kara Walker, My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love, 2007

Gendolyn Shaw, Seeing the Unspeakable: Kara Walker, 2004

Louise Nevelson, Exhibition Catalogue of the Jewish Museum, 2007

Rhea Anastas, Witness to her art: Art and writings of Adrian Piper, Mona Hatoun, Cady Noland, etc. Center for Curatorial Studies, 2006

Okwui Enwezor, Lorna Simpson, 2007

Fereshteh Daftari, Without Boundary, Museum of Modern Art Catalogue, 2006

Fereshteh Daftari, Persia Reframed: Iranian Visions of Modern and Contemporary Art, 2020

Eleanor Heartney, Postmodern Heretics: Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art.

Beatriz Colomina, Sexuality and Space, Princeton 1992

Feminism and Film, ed. E. Ann Kaplan (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000

Zavala, Becoming Modern, Becoming Tradition: Women, Gender and Representation in Mexican Art, Penn State University Press, 2010

Margaret A. Lindauer, Devouring Frida, the Art History and Popular Celebrity of Frida Kahlo, Wesleyan University Press, 1999

Joanna Herschfield,  Mexican cinema, Mexican Women, 1940-1950, U of Arizona Press, 1996

Jean Franco, Plotting Women, Gender and Representation in Mexico, Columbia U Press, 1989

Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Black Female Body in American Culture, U of Michigan, 2002

Eva Ungar Grudin, Quilting: the Fabric of Everyday life, 2007

Irene Susan Fort, In Wonderland:: the Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States, 2012  issue on women and surrealism

Elizabeth Grosz, Volatile Bodies,: Toward a Corporate Feminism, Bloomington, 1994

Linda Williams, Porn Studies, Duke University Press, 2004

Finding Aid for the Anna Kleinman Research Files on Rosalba Carriera MS.09

Rosalba Carriera translated diaries at the Frick Museum Library

Harry Henderson* and Albert Henderson, "The Indomitable Spirit of
Edmonia Lewis. A Narrative Biography." Esquiline Hill Press. 2012

K. P. Buick "Child of the Fire: Edmonia Lewis and the
Problem of Art History's Black and Indian Subject" (2010)

C. A. Nelson "The Color of Stone" (2007).

Lynn Alexander, Women, Work and Representation, Needlework in Victorian Art and Literature, 2003

Laura Auricchio, Adelaide Labille-Guiard,: Artist in the Age of Revolution, 2009 (also Art Bulletin article)

Rebecca Messbarger, The Lady Anatomist, The Life and Work of Anna Morandi Manzolini, U of Chicago Press, 2010

Jo Anna Isaak, Feminism and Contemporary Art: The revolutionary Power of Women’s Laughter, Routledge, 1996

Cherise Smith, Enacting Others Politics of Identity in Eleanor Antin, Nikki S. Lee, Adrian Piper, and Anna Deavere Smith, was published by Duke University Press in 2011. 

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Fray: Art and Textile Politics, University of Chicago Press, 2017

Elissa Auther, String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art, University of Minnesota Press, 2010

Jenni Sorkin, Women, Ceramics, and Community, University of Chicago Press, 2016

Smith, T’ai. Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014

Sylvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch

Monika Fabijanska, The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape In Contemporary Women’s Art in the US  2018

Vivian Greene Fryd, Sexual Trauma in American Art since 1970, Penn State Press, 2019

Roland L Freeman, A Communion of the Spirits: African-American Quilters, Preservers and their Stories

Donna Haraway, Simians Cyborgs and Nature, The Reinvention of Nature, 1990

Rachel Middleman, Radical Eroticism: Women, Art, and Sex in the 1960s (University of California Press, 2018

Further Reading