Seminar Topics to Ponder for Art 304: Suggestions Only!
Investigate a subject that interests you from the material covered in this course. For example, you may wish to explore the role of woman as model, muse or maker. You could research the status of the woman artist or patron during a certain period such as the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, etc. How was the role of the artist affected by the conditions under which she lived? Trace the rise of Still-Life painting in the North, etc.!
Choose your favorite woman artist and discuss her evolution as an artist. Whether you are drawn to Hildegard von Bingen or Judith Leyster or Cindy Sherman, try to assess her art from a feminist perspective. What issues confronted her during her training, her access to the public, and the latter’s opinion of her during her lifetime and (if she is deceased) after? Where does she fit in the history of art? Try to focus on a limited number of her works in order to provide a substantive analysis.
Art and Gender:
Among the major issues in this course is the underlying question regarding creativity: is the latter gendered? Attack this question! For example, consider the idea of quilting as a subversive and ultimately political act. Discuss the genre of female self-portraiture. What is wrong with the concept of the masterpiece? Etc.!