My 2022 Museum Bucket List (So Far)

Back in January, I started making a list of all the art pieces and exhibitions I want to go see this year. The list has grown to two or three pages already, full of everything from a Raphael altarpiece to an interesting contemporary art-meets-science exhibition about the sense of smell, but I thought that I’d highlight some that deal with women artists and gender here. As 2022 continues, I will doubtless discover more exhibitions, but here are my current top three most anticipated shows!

I Published a Children’s Book!

I am so excited to announce the release of “26 Women Artists from A to Z” (available here on Amazon). I wrote, illustrated and self-published this book to introduce the important artistic contributions of a range of women artists in an easy, fun way to young readers. Among my fondest memories are recollections of readingContinue reading “I Published a Children’s Book!”

Shamsia Hassani, Afghanistan’s First Female Street Artist, Provides Hope in the Midst of Terror

“But if you walk outside and stare at the decrepit buildings, pockmarked by the marks of suicide bombs, you find the unexpected: swirling images of defiant women graffitied in rainbows of colors.”

30 Years After the Guerrilla Girls: Searching for Women and Nonbinary Artists at the MET

“During this tumultuous period, women stepped to the forefront of visual politics and used photography as a vessel for social and political change. Their testimonies are wrapped into one diverse, wide-reaching exhibition that features 120+ women from over 20 different countries.”

An Introduction to the Obscurity of Women in Art

“Entrepreneurship, a task necessary for a successful art career, has traditionally been considered beyond the female gender role. Conversely, self-advancement has always been socially acceptable in men.”

“Rosener the Riveter”: The Unsung WWII Photojournalist

“Most of us have heard of the infamous ‘Rosie the Riveter.’ A strong-faced woman flexing her arm in work clothes, her image was made the face of the United States’s home front campaign during World War II. This campaign attempted to boost national morale and encourage U.S. workers and citizens to participate in war efforts like rationing supplies. However, because the country’s eligible men were sent away to war, the US faced a dire shortage of workers in essential industries. They eventually turned to women, as well as other typically overlooked groups…”

Jenny Saville, The Candid Figure Artist Blurring Traditional and Contemporary Art

British artist Jenny Saville is best known for her chromatic, tasteful oils of the female body and face. She is heralded for the contemporary renewal of traditional oil painting, and her style has been compared to that of Sir Peter Paul Rubens and Lucian Freud. “Painting is my natural language. I feel in my ownContinue reading “Jenny Saville, The Candid Figure Artist Blurring Traditional and Contemporary Art”

Manet’s Olympia: A Window Into the Diminishment of Black Women in Western Art

“Artists also often depicted black women as fully clothed, intending to signify a body devoid of sexuality—contemporary opinions on the female body would almost align with this rejection of objectification. However, historically, the male gaze canonically favored sensual nudes. Male artists painted clothed black women not to veer away from objectification, but to impress their opinion that black women’s bodies, and therefore all of them, were not worthy of respect and appreciation.”

Three Trans Artists You Should Know

“Cassils exposes the turbulent history, representation and struggles of the LGBTQ+ community through raw, physical performance art. Working mainly in film, sound and live performance art, they use human bodies in sculptural fashions.”

Explore the Intersection of Art and Gender With These Online Courses

“Taught by art historian and professor Jeanette Hoorn, you examine paintings from the “male gaze” and learn to discern subtle details in which the artist portrays constructs and conventions of the male and female gender.”