Y chromosome-free art
On Thursday, Sept. 23, the Center for Contemporary Arts and the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts began the seven-part More Than Mary Cassatt lecture series at CCA Cinematheque (1050 Old Pecos Trail, 982-1338). The series continues at the Cinematheque at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, with “The Emergence of the Professional Woman Artist,” a lecture by art educator and critic Diane Armitage. In her lecture, Armitage discusses the lives and work of Italian Renaissance painters Lavinia Fontana and Sofonisba Anguissola, as well as artists from the Baroque period and the Enlightenment.
The series picks up on Oct. 14, with “The Woman Artist as Risk-Taker,” a lecture by Launch Projects co-founder and curator Cyndi Conn, who discusses women artists who were drawn to New York to pursue their work. On Oct. 21, Armitage presents “Our Earliest Animator,” a screening of German filmmaker Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1928).
On Nov. 18, Barbara Tyner — art historian, former archaeologist, and the producer of the lecture series — discusses Native American women artists. Art historian Sharyn Udall, author of the forthcoming book Dance and American Art: A Long Embrace, presents “Women and Dance” on Dec. 2, and Armitage closes the series with a screening and discussion of Andrew Neel’s 2006 documentary about his grandmother, painter Alice Neel (1900-1984). Each lecture begins at 10 a.m., and a brown-bag lunch and informal discussion follow. Tickets, $10 per lecture, are available from CCA. For more information, visit www.ccasantafe.org/language.html.
Lavinia Fontana: oil on canvas
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