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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

How Much is That Woman in the Window? Manipulation, Commodification, and the Female Nude in Contemporary Art

From the strait-lacing of corsetry to the removal of actual rib bones, women have continuously manipulated their bodies in order to attain the ideal form. With the advent of plastic surgery and digital manipulation, the standards of "perfect" are even higher, and the image being sold back to women is more disturbing in its extremity. This unique session, comprised of four (approximately) fifteen-minute presentations, will examine how contemporary artists use the female nude to illustrate society's manipulation and commodification of women's bodies in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In doing so, their art questions what we value and take for granted in regards to the female form.

Presenters: Jenna Bower (Undergraduate Student)
Kathleen Braman (Undergraduate Student)
Lisa Efing (Undergraduate Student)
Erin Holst (Undergraduate Student)
Meredith Schwab (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Art History
Location: 208 Holmes
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)