Book Launch: Catherine McCormack's Women in the Picture, in conversation with Lauren Elkin

November 15th

McNally Jackson Virtual Event

Art historian Catherine McCormack challenges how culture teaches us to see and value women, their bodies, and their lives.

Venus, maiden, wife, mother, monster—women have been bound so long by these restrictive roles, codified by patriarchal culture, that we scarcely see them. Catherine McCormack illuminates the assumptions behind these stereotypes whether writ large or subtly hidden. She ranges through Western art—think Titian, Botticelli, and Millais—and the image-saturated world of fashion photographs, advertisements, and social media, and boldly counters these depictions by turning to the work of women artists like Morisot, Ringgold, Lacy, and Walker, who offer alternative images for exploring women’s identity, sexuality, race, and power in more complex ways.

CATHERINE McCORMACK is author of The Art of Looking Up, as well as curator and lecturer in historic and contemporary art history. She is the founder and course director of the Women and Art study program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and lives in London.

LAUREN ELKIN is the author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City (2016), a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel award for the Art of the Essay, and The End of Oulipo?: An Attempt to Exhaust a Movement (with Veronica Esposito, 2013). She is also an award-winning translator, most recently of Simone de Beauvoir's lost novel The Inseparables (Vintage Classics, 2021). After twenty years in Paris, she now lives in London.



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Women in the Picture: What Culture Does with Female Bodies Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393542080
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 16th, 2021