Art Links for Philosophy 1361
Dr. Cynthia Freeland

Chapter 5: Gender, Genius, and Guerrilla Girls

The Guerrilla Girls

The Guerrilla Girls Home Page. THIS SITE IS A MUST SEE!
Here is their mission statement: "The Guerrilla Girls are a group of women artists, writers, performers, film makers and arts professionals who fight discrimination. Dubbing ourselves the conscience of culture, we declare ourselves feminist counterparts to the mostly male tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Batman, and the Lone Ranger. We wear gorilla masks to focus on the issues rather than our personalities. We use humor to convey information, provoke discussion, and show that feminists can be funny. In 14 years we have produced over 70 posters, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in the art world and the culture at large. Our work has been passed around the world by kindred spirits who consider themselves Guerrilla Girls too. The mystery surrounding our identities has attracted attention and support. We could be anyone; we are everywhere." One of their funny posters is how the Whitney Museum got a new name. Another is How Women Get Maximum Exposure in Art Museums.

General Background on Feminist Art Theory

An annotated bibliography in feminist aesthetics, 1970-1990.
Feminist Philosophy of Film, draft of Encyclopedia of Aesthetics article by Dr. Freeland.
Feminism and Canons, Lecture notes from Dr. Freeland
Comments on Feminist Art Criticism in International Perspective Panel, American Society for Aesthetics Meetings in Montreal, 1996, by Dr. Freeland.
Feminist Films, a general discussion of films that might be used in courses on feminist issues, from the Society for Women in Philosophy

Illustrations for Carol Duncan's Article

Willem de Kooning, Image search page for Women Woman II  Woman V
Woman, 1944, from Metropolitan Museum of Art.
More de Kooning, from Artcyclopedia (a list of links to explore for on-line images).
Picasso, also from Artcylopedia.

Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, 1907 (from MoMA Web Site). Be sure to check out the commentary.

Women Artists

The National Museum of Women in the Arts

The Museum's Web Site. This is a well-designed site with multiple tours and loads of interesting information. It is a bit heavy on text and short on images. A few people to check out are: Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, For more on her, see Biography. Helen Frankenthaler, and Barbara Hepworth. It is worth reading the description of Elaine de Kooning, (student, model, muse, and wife of Willem de Kooning) and of her interest in painting MALE bodies. Another early woman artist is Angelica Kauffman.

Rosa Bonheur

Rosa Bonheur, "The Horse Fair"
Also viewable at the National Gallery site: Image.

Aretemsia Gentileschi

Artemesia Gentileschi, 1593-1652, Biography,a helpfully detailed site with links to images of her paintings. Be sure to check out her Judith Slaying Holofernes. For more bio plus links to more pictures, see Biogrpahy. Be sure to read about Inaccuracies in the recent movie Artemisia.

Georgia O'Keeffe

O'Keeffe, Biography and Images
The O'Keeffe Museum (Santa Fe)
O'Keeffe On-Line Gallery

Lee Krasner, 1908-1984

Lee Krasner, from Artcyclopedia
Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo Home Page; done by a Kahlo fan, lots and lots of images in various categories, plus biographical info and more links; only problem is that the images are smaller than one might wish, but still a great starting point.
Art Shirt, "officially licensed Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera clothing." (!!)

Judy Chicago

Through the Flower, A Non-Profit Organization supporting Judy Chicago's artwork; this page includes a detailed description with pictures of The Dinner Party .

Carrie Mae Weems

African American photographer and conceptual artist
Some biographical information and self-portraits
From the ArtCyclopedia

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman, a brief overview including a bio and information on her art (No images).
Cindy Sherman, a brief page of the "Artcylopedia," with links to online exhibits of her images. Fairly recent, dated 9/99.

Trinh Minh-ha

Trinh Minh-ha, Vietnamese writer and filmmaker. This is a discussion of her work by a professor in Colorado, for a course there. No images. Warning: This text is rather heavy going, high academic film theory style; no images.
Biography and list of films


Women Pueblo Potters

Nampeyo, Hopi Potter (1860-1942)


Harriet Potter, Quilter

Links last checked and updated March 27, 2002

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