2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Art and Women: Masquerade and Metaphor

Revised Last Updated: 08/26/2008

Fall quarter

Faculty: Ann Storey art history, art, women's studies, Marc Dombrosky visual arts

Major areas of study include gender studies, art history, and studio arts.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Note: This 8-credit program will meet from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. First class will meet in Sem2 B1105.

Using the primary metaphor of the "masquerade," this program will take an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach to the study of second wave feminist art. Masquerade is an exciting and appropriate theme because—since society constructs gender in part through femininity and femininity has been defined as a masquerade—it is an inescapable part of female lives.

What are the ways that women express, defy, transform or challenge this masquerade through their art and writing? How does women's resistance help us transform ourselves?

Moving from idea to creative response, we will explore the mask as sculptural object, as performance tool, and as artifact. How do masks telegraph, conceal and distort identity? What constitutes a mask? We will also apply our study of metaphor and of feminist theory to such stereotypical themes as mother goddess and witch to gauge their empowering or crippling effects and to objectifications of women in contemporary art, film and advertising.

Class time will be divided among lectures, art workshops, seminars, student presentations and media critiques. Faculty lectures will cover women's construction of identity as well as artists who use the "female gaze" or the "male gaze." Art workshops will focus on the physical and conceptual aspects of the masquerade. We will design, fabricate and use a range of masks and consider their roles as performative objects. Students will also choose a relevant artist or theme to research and share the highlights of their research with their fellow students.

Credits: 8 per quarter

Enrollment: 50

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Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in education, fine arts, art history, and gender and women's studies.

Planning Units: Expressive Arts, Society, Politics, Behavior and Change, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
August 26th, 2008 Added location of first class