Women in Art history lecture series in Castlebar

Women in Art History, a fascinating lecture series by Dr John Mulloy, takes place at the Linenhall Arts Centre over five Monday nights commencing January 27, from 8pm to 9.30pm.

‘Why have there been no great women artists?’ was the question posed by Linda Nochlin in 1971, launching a major debate about the role of women in art history that challenged traditional notions of what it meant to be a ‘great artist’. This series of five talks by Dr John Mulloy, lecturer in art history and critical theory, will focus primarily on painting, and will be of interest to the general public and students alike.

Week one; will be a general introduction, exploring the question of whether there could be such a thing as ‘women artists’ at all, given the problems of the traditional art historical framework. Week two will cover work made by women before 1700, giving an overview of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, and women’s position in the guilds and academies. Week three will look at the period from 1700 to 1900, and the struggle of women in the development of Modernity. Week four will explore the changes from 1900 to the present, when women form the large majority of art students. Week five will examine the role of women in Irish art history, focusing on the move from cultural nationalism through postmodernism and on to the contemporary. The Women in Art History lecture series takes place over five Monday nights from January 27 (continuing through February on the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th ). The fee for the full series is only €30. Booking is essential. Booking and further information from the Linenhall. Tel: 094 9023733 Website: www.thelinenhall.com


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