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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

From Creator to Caretaker: The Cinematic Representation of Female Artists

This paper examines the cinematic representation of four female artists of the twentieth century (Francoise Gilot, Lee Krasner, Dora Carrington, and Frida Kahlo). It illustrates how Hollywood skews their portrayals to present us with an image of women painters that is at best, nominally respectful of their talents and achievements. Rather than focusing on the artists' creative processes and production, the films' narrative structures, direction, mise-en-scene, and more, reduce the women to stereotypes. Ultimately, the films suggest that a woman's creative place is in the kitchen, not the studio, and that her passions are better utilized in the bedroom than illustrated in the gallery.

Presenter: Brigid Harrigan (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Honors Program
Location: 204 Holmes
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)