About the Talk
Aruna D’Souza | “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” What Can Linda Nochlin’s Famous Essay Tell Us Today?
In the 50 years since the publication of Linda Nochlin’s groundbreaking essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” the art world—and the world itself—has changed in dramatic ways. This talk will explore what a text published in 1971 might teach us still, in the wake of Black Lives Matter; global protests against deepening inequalities, especially those tied to gender; and the influence of Black feminist thought and intersectional analysis.
D’Souza writes about modern and contemporary art, intersectional feminism and other forms of politics, and how museums shape our views of each other and the world. She is a contributor to the New York Times, and her work appears regularly in 4Columns.org, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board. D’Souza is the author of Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts, named one of the best art books of 2018 by the NYT, and the editor of the forthcoming volume Making It Modern: A Linda Nochlin Reader (Thames & Hudson).