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Acclaimed Art Historian Visits AU

By Ariana Stone

The Art History program will host its 4th annual Distinguished Scholar Lecture on September 30 at 8 p.m. in the Abrahamson Family Recital Hall. This year's lecture, entitled "The 'New Woman' in Impressionist Painting and Visual Culture," will feature art historian Ruth E. Iskin.

Iskin will discuss whether or not the 'New Woman' – a late 19th century term used to describe women who pushed the boundaries of traditional gender roles through their politics, dress, and lifestyles – had a presence in impressionist painting. She will also examine how representations of the 'New Woman' in a variety of visual forms, such as photographs, caricatures, and posters, influenced social discourses of the time, with particular emphasis placed on the commercial advertising posters common to the era.

The Distinguished Scholar Lecture series aims to bring the most innovative work done in art history today to the campus community, says Norma Broude, art history professor and lecture organizer.

"We have invited [Iskin] to deliver our fourth Distinguished Scholar Lecture because she is an internationally acclaimed art historian and critical thinker whose work, closely related to the research interests of our students and faculty, has had a transformative impact not only on the discipline of art history but on cultural studies and gender studies as well," Broude says.

The Distinguished Scholar Lecture series has been made possible in part by the support of, Kathe Albrecht, art history alumna and the department's visual resources manager, and her husband Mark. Albrecht initiated the series in memory of former AU art history professor Ted Turak. Admission is free.