May 04, 2007

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Follow-up to MP3 Article on Judy Chicago from The Midnight Heart

Judy Chicago

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  1. I had never heard anyone ever mention this before! It seems fascinating (I’ve just listened to the podcast!), especially as I see Virginia Woolf’s seat there! I think it would be great if high school students focused more on what provokes artists to create their work; rather than, as it seems now, the purely aesthetic, or the ‘features’ of it, with no thought for the concept—although I can see why art is ‘pared-down’ for high school, it seems insulting, and people lose the value of it!

    Anyway! This has got me thinking. It reminds me of what my English teacher was saying today; we were writing for and against war (not both at the same time, however!), when someone asked why our studies in school are so sexist (we seem to lack female rolemodels in our syllabi- hope that’s the right word.) Our teacher replied that women’s efforts & acheivements are always seen as less, dismissed etc, infering that this is because men are generally still in control of institutions, particularly educational ones, and education policy-making. (She didn’t quite say this, but didn’t need to explicitly.) I wish we studied this kind of stuff!

    Have you seen it for real?

    09 May 2007, 19:37

  2. I love this piece too although I haven’t seen it in the flesh so to speak. There is some great work by women artists around. I recommend a book edited by Uta Grosenick called Women Artists .

    Also the Guerilla Girls are lots of fun – they have a couple of websites. See the following links:
    http://www.guerrillagirls.com/
    http://www.guerrillagirlsontour.com/
    http://www.ggbb.org/

    A shame that you do not have more female role models. My mother is a teacher ands I know that she sometimes requests specific books to teach like one year she did The Life of Pi fro coursework so myabe your teacher could request specific books.

    13 May 2007, 15:20

  3. Katy Murr

    Thanks for that recommendation, it sounds like it covers quite a wide scope – which would be ideal for me. I’ll have a look when I’m next in town; some friends want me to take them to the central library (it’s awesome!), so hopefully I’ll be able to find something there, as well.

    Btw, I’ve begun reading Fenton’s ‘Introduction to English Poetry’, which is really fantastic. I love the clarity of the writing, and the structure of the book, it’s so appealing. I must hurry up and read it – some of my friends have asked to borrow it.

    Those sites are to be marvelled at! – & I like the reclaim of the word. Have you seen http://bitchphd.blogspot.com/ ? I’d say she’s an interesting rolemodel! As are many writers… I meant generally though, not me personally.

    Oh dear – I have to go out right now – sorry for the cut-off-ness of this reply!

    21 May 2007, 20:07


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