Academy of Lifelong Learning

The Woman was an Artist: 20th and 21st Centuries - Session 2

Beverly Hall Smith


Wednesdays, October 26 – November 30 (five weeks)

4:15 – 5:30 pm


* No classes the week of Thanksgiving. 


We will be discussing the contributions and aspirations of 20th and 21st century women artists.  Some familiar names, such as Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Helen Frankenthaler, Judy Chicago and the Guerilla Girls will be discussed. Beyond the familiar there is a large and exciting group, including Sonia Delaunay, Kathe Kollowitz, Alma Thomas, Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington. Although in the 20th century it may not always seem that artists draw their inspiration from the social and economic developments of their time, we will explore and discuss these issues and link the artists with their environments. As we move through the contemporary world, the challenges for women artists (and for all of us) have become more complex and increasingly dynamic. This course is a continuation of the previous session on women artists, but it is in no way necessary to have taken that class.