The Art History Program of American University announces the third annual Feminist Art History Conference, which will take place from Friday November 9 to Sunday November 11, 2012. Sessions begin on Friday afternoon in the Katzen Arts Center on the American University campus. An opening reception and keynote address will be held on Friday evening.
Conference sessions will continue on Saturday in the Ward Building on the AU campus. On Sunday, a mid-day panel discussion on women and museum issues will be held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). This third annual Feminist Art History Conference (FAHC-3) continues to explore the legacy of two pioneering feminist art historians, Norma Broude and Mary D.
Garrard, who are now professors emerita of art history at AU. This year’s conference will include 60 papers in fourteen sessions. The papers will span a broad range of topics and time
periods, and together will demonstrate the ways in which feminist research and interpretation continue to inform art historical analysis and scholarship.
The keynote address will be presented by Whitney Chadwick, Professor Emerita of Art History, San Francisco State University. Whitney Chadwick’s work is focused on
issues of surrealism, gender, and feminism and her publications include Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement, and Mirror Mirror: Self Portraits by Women Artists. Her influential
text, Women, Art, and Society traces the role of women as producers of visual culture from the Middle Ages to the present. Her related talk is entitled “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Feminism, Art History, and the Story of a Book.”
FAHC-3 participants will come from across the country and around the world to share views, debate issues, and network with colleagues and friends. The response to these annual conferences demonstrates the ongoing centrality of the issues raised by feminist art history—a testimony to the continuing vitality of research by feminist scholars. Because Washington, D.C., is becoming a center for the study of gender and art, with the AU Art History Program’s longstanding emphasis on feminist methodologies and the active
presence of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, conference planners observe that the annual Feminist Art History Conference at American University is functioning as a worthy
successor to the Barnard College Feminist Art History Conference in New York, which was an important forum for feminist scholarship throughout the 1990s.
The FAHC-3 conference is open to the public. Advance registration (before 5 pm EST, Friday, November 2) is recommended. The $20 conference fee ($10 student rate,
with ID) includes all sessions, keynote address, receptions, breaks, and catered lunch on Saturday. The conferencefee will be collected on site (cash only). For more information,
including titles of sessions and papers, please visit the conference web site at http://www.american.edu/cas/