Women in the art history field
Women were professionally active in the academic discipline of art history already in the nineteenth century and participated in the important shift early in the century that began involving an "emphatically corporeal visual subject", with Vernon Lee as a notable example. It is argued that in the twentieth century women art historians (and curators), by choosing to study women artists, "dramatically" "increased their visibility". In fact, women art historians are one of two groups (besides authors of high-school texbooks) "who say there have been great women artists" in the first place, according to the authors of a study of the representations of women artists in US textbooks.
Education and employment
In the United States professional, academic employment for women art historians was, by the early 1970s, not commensurate with the number of female PhDs in art history. Between 1960 and 1969, 30.1% of PhDs were awarded to women but those numbers increased significantly during that period: between 1960 and 1965 it was 27%, but between 1966 and 1967 it had gone up to 43.5%. But in 1970-1971, women art historians in art departments in the US made up 23.1% of instructors, 21.6% of assistant professors, 17.5% of associate professors, and only 11.1% of full professors. Comparison with the numbers for the same years for women in the languages, from a study done by the Modern Language Association, showed that "women in C.A.A. [College Art Association] professions face[d] rather more severe discrimination than women in M.L.A. fields". Similar tendencies were reported for salary and employment in studio teaching ("preliminary statistics...indicate that women artists receive a disproportionately small share of full-time studio jobs") and in museums ("particularly significant was a tendency to hire women with BAs to be secretaries and men with BAs for trainee programs which rapidly advanced them to more challenging positions).
The history of women in the profession also suggests that art education itself has benefited from the increased presence of professional women art historians, since women students sometimes found it necessary to "redo" an education in which only a male point of view had been provided given. Paula Harper, "one of the first art historians to bring a feminist perspective to the study of painting and sculpture", and Moira Roth shared the same experience of a "one-sided training", of feeling left out. Discrimination against "women in college and university art departments and art museums" was, in the early 1970s, the immediate cause for the foundation of the Women's Caucus for Art (see below).
In a statistical study of US employment among art faculties published in 1977, Sandra Packard notes that "in art departments women have been decreasing in number since the 1930's", and that the number of women in art faculties at institutes of higher education "decreas[ed] from 22% in 1963 to a low of 19.5% in 1974", and cites statistics suggesting that "although women are concentrated at the lower ranks in art faculties, they have more Ph.D. degrees than their male colleagues."
The Women's Caucus for Art (WCA), a caucus for woman art historians, artists, and curators was founded at the 1972 meeting of the College Art Association (CAA), but re-established itself as an independent organization in 1974 after the CAA told them they could not use the CAA name anymore. According to Judith Brodsky, the CAA was, at the time, very much a male-dominated organization; she notes, though, in a 1977 article that the Caucus is given space and time at the annual CAA conference and in the CAA's journal, Art Journal. A Lifetime Achievement Award was installed in 1979. The organization's objectives include "providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development" and "expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women", and to that purpose publishes a newsletter, organizes sessions at conferences, and runs databases for "art and activism". In 2012 the WCA celebrated its 40th anniversary, and published a pamphlet for the annual awards ceremony that also includes a number of historical essays and reflections from the past presidents.
Women art historians and feminist art theory
Feminist scholars have argued that the role of women art historians is connected to the study of women (as artists and as subjects) by art historians. In 1974, Lise Vogel noted that there were few feminist art historians, and that women art historians in general seemed unwilling to ask "the more radical critiques" a feminist scholar should engage in. In a 1998 essay, Corine Schleif argued that women and feminist scholars need to challenge the "Great Master" canon, and that they need to focus less on "style as evidence of authorship", seen as a traditionally masculine way of viewing the history of art, but rather on style as "one of many sites on the production of meaning". The topic of women scholars in art history is thus intricately connected with what scholars have called feminist art theory; Kerry Freedman, for example, claims that "women art historians often interpret art that is about and by women differently than their male colleagues". However, Carol Armstrong and Catherine de Zegher, in Women artists at the millennium (2006), argue that by the 1980s many "women art history scholars" had begun to think of feminism as irrelevant to the discipline.
Notable women art historians
|Alpers, SvetlanaSvetlana Alpers||American||1936||Dutch Golden Age Painting||Art historian|
|Anstruther-Thomson, ClementinaClementina Anstruther-Thomson||Scottish||1857–1921||Experimental aesthetics during the Victorian era||Author, art theorist, art critic|
|Antonelli, PaolaPaola Antonelli||Italian||1963||Modern Art, Design||Curator|
|Mouriki, DoulaDoula Mouriki||Greek||1934 - 1991||Byzantinologist, Historian of Art||Professor|
|Arscott, CarolineCaroline Arscott||English||Victorian art, 19th century art||Art historian|
|Ashton, DoreDore Ashton||American||1928||Modern Art, Contemporary Art||Writer, professor, art critic|
|Askew, PamelaPamela Askew||American||1925–1997||Domenico Fetti and Caravaggio||Professor|
|Atasoy, NurhanNurhan Atasoy||Turkish||1934||Ottoman art and architecture||Art historian|
|Auerbach, ErnaErna Auerbach||German||1897–1975||Tudor period in England|
|Avery, MyrtillaMyrtilla Avery||American||1869–1959||Medieval art||Professor, a Monuments men, former chair of Department of Art at Wellesley College and director of the Farnsworth Art Museum from 1930–1937.|
|Baert, BarbaraBarbara Baert||Belgian||1967||medieval iconology||Art historian|
|Bal, MiekeMieke Bal||Dutch||1946||Modern Art, Contemporary Art||Cultural theorist, video artist|
|Banti, AnnaAnna Banti||Italian||1895–1985||Italian Baroque, female artists||Writer, art historian, art critic, translator|
|Banti, LuisaLuisa Banti||Italian||1894–1978||Etruscan art||Archaeologist, art historian, writer|
|Barnes, RuthRuth Barnes||British||1956||Material culture, South and Southeast Asian Textiles||Art historian, curator|
|Beckett, WendyWendy Beckett (aka 'Sister Wendy')||British||1930||Catholic art||Art historian, Catholic nun|
|Berenson, MaryMary Berenson ||American||1864–1945||Italian Renaissance||Art historian, lecturer|
|Dorléac, Laurence BertrandLaurence Bertrand Dorléac||French||1957||Modern and contemporary||Art historian, professor, curator|
|Bieber, MargareteMargarete Bieber ||German||1879–1978||Theatre, sculpture, and clothing of ancient Rome and Greece||Art historian, professor|
|Bing, GertrudGertrud Bing ||German||1892–1964|
|Boggs, Jean SutherlandJean Sutherland Boggs ||Canadian||1922||Nineteenth-century French art, Degas||Curator, art historian, and first female director of the National Gallery of Canada|
|Borea, EvelinaEvelina Borea||Italian||1931||Italian art history|
|Broude, NormaNorma Broude||American||1941||Impressionism and feminist art history||Art historian, Author and emerita professor at American University|
|Breeskin, Adelyn DohmeAdelyn Dohme Breeskin||American||1896–1986||works by Mary Cassatt||curator, museum director, and art historian at Baltimore Museum of Art|
|Brookner, AnitaAnita Brookner ||English||1936|
|Browse, LillianLillian Browse||British||1906–2005||Art dealer, art historian|
|Bruggen, Coosje vanCoosje van Bruggen ||Dutch, American||1942–2009||Artist, art historian|
|Bucarelli, PalmaPalma Bucarelli||Italian||1910–1998||Director of the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (GNAM) from 1942 to 1975.|
|Bulling, AnnelieseAnneliese Bulling||German, American||1900–2004||Sinologist, Chinese Art and Arch.||Art lecturer, art historian|
|Carbonell, Teresa GisbertTeresa Gisbert Carbonell||Bolivian||1926||Andean art history||Art historian|
|Caws, Mary AnnMary Ann Caws||American||1933||Modern Art, Contemporary art||Author, literary critic, art historian|
|Churcher, BettyBetty Churcher||Australian||1931–2015||Art historian, first female director of the National Gallery of Australia|
|Comini, AlessandraAlessandra Comini||American||1934–||American women artists, Egon Schiele's portraiture||Academic lecturer, writer, a founder of the Women’s Caucus for Art|
|Constantine, MildredMildred Constantine||American||1913–2008||Poster Art, Graphic Design||Art historian and curator at Museum of Modern Art in the 1950s and 1960s|
|Cooke, LynneLynne Cooke||Australian||Modern art, Contemporary art||Curator|
|Rocio de la Villa||Spanish||1959||Spanish feminist art, Contemporary art||Curator, university professor, president of Spanish Society of Aesthetics and Theory of the Arts, a co-founders of Asociación de Mujeres en las Artes Visuales (MAV)|
|d'Harnoncourt, AnneAnne d'Harnoncourt||American||1943–2008||Marcel Duchamp||Curator and director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art|
|Dhanens, ElisabethElisabeth Dhanens||Belgian||1915–2014||Early Netherlandish painting||Heritage official|
|Dickerman, LeahLeah Dickerman||American||Modern art, Contemporary art||Curator, art historian|
|Emilia, Lady Dilke||English||1840–1904|
|Joan Evans||British||1893–1977||French and English mediaeval art||Art historian|
|Fernandez-Cao, Marian LopezMarian Lopez Fernandez-Cao||Spanish||1964||Spanish feminist art, Contemporary art, Sonia Delaunay||University professor and researcher, former president of Asociación de Mujeres en las Artes Visuales (MAV)|
|Garrard, MaryMary Garrard||American||1940–||Italian Baroque art and feminist art history||Art historian, Author, emerita professor at American University|
|Graevenitz, Antje vonAntje von Graevenitz||German||1940–||Art historian, Art critic|
|Harper, PaulaPaula Harper||American||1930–2012||Feminist art, Camille Pissarro, contemporary art||Art historian, art critic, art lecturer, author|
|Hoff, UrsulaUrsula Hoff||German, Australian||1909–2005|
|Hoffmann, MeikeMeike Hoffmann||German||1962|
|Holly, Michael AnnMichael Ann Holly||American||Historiography of Art History||Art historian|
|Jim, Alice Ming WaiAlice Ming Wai Jim||Canadian||Contemporary Asian art, contemporary Asian Canadian art, remix culture||Professor, art historian, curator|
|Jones, KellieKellie Jones||American||1959–||African-American art and artists||Professor, curator, MacArthur Fellow|
|Jones, AmeliaAmelia Jones||American||1961||Dada, Feminist art, Performance art, Body art||Art historian, art theorist, curator, author, university professor, art critic|
|Klonk, CharlotteCharlotte Klonk||German||Modern Art, Contemporary Art, Museology||Art historian|
|Krauss, RosalindRosalind Krauss||American||1941|
|Lemieux, AnnetteAnnette Lemieux||American||1957–present||Contemporary art||Professor, artist|
|Levetus, Amelia SarahAmelia Sarah Levetus||British, Austrian||1853–1938||Modern art||Author, cultural journalist|
|Lewis, SamellaSamella Lewis||American||1924||African-American art||Art historian, art critic, and artist (printmaker)|
|Lippard, LucyLucy Lippard||American||1937||Contemporary Art||Art critic, curator|
|Montagu, JenniferJennifer Montagu||British||1931||Italian Baroque sculpture||Art historian|
|Müller-Ebeling, ClaudiaClaudia Müller-Ebeling||German||1956|
|Mulvey, LauraLaura Mulvey||English||1941||feminist film theorist|
|Natif, MikaMika Natif||Israeli||Islamic painting: Central Asia, Iran, India, and the Mediterranean||Art historian|
|Der Nersessian, SirarpieSirarpie Der Nersessian||Armenian||1896-1989||Armenian and Byzantine studies||Art Historian and Museum Director|
|Nochlin, LindaLinda Nochlin||American||1931–2017||Feminist art history||Art historian|
|Philip, Lotte BrandLotte Brand Philip||German||1910–1986|
|Pollock, GriseldaGriselda Pollock ||English, Canadian||1949–|
|Prettejohn, ElizabethElizabeth Prettejohn||American||1961–||Victorian Art, Pre-Raphaelites||Art historian, Professor, curator, author|
|Raven, ArleneArlene Raven||American||1944–2006||Feminist art movement in the United States||Art historian, art critic, and founder of the Los Angeles Woman's Building)|
|Rebay, HillaHilla Rebay||German, American||1890-1967||Modern art||Co-founder and first director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, abstract artist, art collector|
|Robbins, TrinaTrina Robbins||American||1938||History of comics||Artist and writer|
|Rose, BarbaraBarbara Rose||American||1938|
|Rottenberg, AndaAnda Rottenberg||Polish||1944–|
|Schopenhauer, JohannaJohanna Schopenhauer ||German||1766–1838||Artist, author|
|Shabout, NadaNada Shabout||American||1962||Modern Iraqi art||Art historian|
|Silverman, KajaKaja Silverman||American||1947–||Film theorist, art historian|
|Silvestri-Levy, AlessandraAlessandra Silvestri-Levy||Brazilian||1900s–||Producer and witer|
|Stafford, Barbara MariaBarbara Maria Stafford||American||Art historian|
|Steinitz, KateKate Steinitz ||German, American||1889–1975||Artist, art historian|
|Stiles, KristineKristine Stiles||American||1947–||Art historian, curator|
|Stokes, MargaretMargaret Stokes ||Irish||1832–1900||Antiquarian|
|Stokstad, MarilynMarilyn Stokstad ||American||1929–2016||Medieval and Spanish art||Art historian, professor, author|
|Swindler, Mary HamiltonMary Hamilton Swindler ||American||1884–1967||Ancient classical painting||Archeologist, professor|
|Temkin, AnnAnn Temkin||American||1959–||Curator||American painting and sculpture|
|Thompson, Dorothy BurrDorothy Burr Thompson ||American||1900–2001|
|Tietze-Conrat, EricaErica Tietze-Conrat ||Austrian, American||1883–1958||Contemporary Viennese Art, Renaissance art, the Venetian school||Academic lecturer|
|Tipping, MarjorieMarjorie Tipping ||Australian||1917–2009||Historian|
|Toynbee, JocelynJocelyn Toynbee ||English||1897–1985|
|Tucker, MarciaMarcia Tucker ||American||1940–2006|
|Tufts, EleanorEleanor Tufts||American||1927–1991||American women artists, works by Luis Egidio Meléndez||Academic lecturer, writer|
|Valland, RoseRose Valland||French||1898–1980||Commission for the Recovery of Works of Art (during WWII)|
|Vermeule, EmilyEmily Vermeule||American||1928–2001||Ancient Greek art, Mycenaean culture||Classical scholar and archaeologist, professor at Harvard University.|
|Vetulani, CecyliaCecylia Vetulani||Polish||1908–1980|
|Wagner, AnneAnne Wagner||American||1949-||Modern and contemporary art||Art historian,
|Wagner-Rieger, RenateRenate Wagner-Rieger ||Austrian||1921–1980||Architecture, historicism||Academic lecturer|
|Welch, EvelynEvelyn Welch||American||1959–||Renaissance and early modern||Art historian, professor|
|Wharton, EdithEdith Wharton ||American||1862–1937||Architecture||Writer|
|Whinney, MargaretMargaret Whinney ||English||1897–1975||English art history||Academic lecturer|
|Williams, SylviaSylvia Williams||American||1936–1996||African art||Curator, museum director|
|Wilson, SarahSarah Wilson||English|
|Wischnitzer, RachelRachel Wischnitzer||German||1885–1989||Jewish art history||architect, art historian|
|Wittkower, MargotMargot Wittkower||German, American||1902-1995||Neo-Palladian Architecture, Italian Renaissance, Baroque||Writer, Interior Design|
|Woodall, JoannaJoanna Woodall||British||Portraiture, Netherlandish Art|
|Woodall, MaryMary Woodall||British||1901–1988||Thomas Gainsborough scholar||Museum director, curator|
|Yates, FrancesFrances Yates ||English||1899–1981||Renaissance|
|Zahorska, StefaniaStefania Zahorska||Polish||1890–1961||Polish prosaist|
|Zorach, RebeccaRebecca Zorach||American||1969–||Early modern European, contemporary||Art historian, professor|
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