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Beauty Below the Surface: Artistic Intentions

When Jan 26, 2004
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Philosophy, Indiana University

Peg Brand is an artist and philosopher who teaches Gender Studies and Philosophy at Indiana University Bloomington. She is co-editor of the 1995 collection of essays Feminism and Tradition in Aesthetics (Penn State Press) and editor of Beauty Matters (IU Press, 2000). A co-edited special issue of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy entitled "Women, Art and Aesthetics" is forthcoming this winter (Vol. 18, No. 4). She is currently working on a book manuscript and accompanying artworks that will serve as illustrations for the book, which will be entitled Beauty Below the Surface: Feminist Visual Parodies.

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Beauty Below the Surface: Artistic Intentions

It is a widespread belief that representations of human beings, for example, portraits, express the inner character of a person. But do gender differences on the part of the artist play a role in the way women and men are portrayed in visual art? I will argue that some female artists, particularly those who create feminist visual parodies, may have artistic intentions that seek to portray beauty "below the surface."