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Discovering Women Artists Through the Ages w/ KAREN PETERSEN & JJ WILSON
August 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Perhaps because they were not trained as art historians and so no one had told them that there were no great women artists, in the early energies of the women’s movement in the l970s Karen Petersen and J.J. Wilson went hunting for them. And guess what?
The only places they did not find women artists were places they did not look: sometimes in the guise of nuns, sometimes in the disguise of their fathers or husbands, sometimes simply as “Anon.”, but yes, women doing art were there. The story of this dis/un/covering project is important not just because it adds immeasurably to the history of art, but because it applies to many other fields as well. Think of women writers or indeed cooks. Women do the work, men take the credit. It happened and indeed, it happens still.
Come to O’Hanlon Center on Saturday August 17 during the Bay Area Women Artist show, to retrace with us some of our steps and missteps and share the excitement of recovering these works of art, many of which will be new to you because, of course, they were so rarely reproduced in those art history text books like Janson. You will become aware of many “hidden figures” and be reminded to never take official history as the whole story in any area.
More about JJ: J.J. Wilson, co-author with Karen Petersen of Women Artists etc.”, published by Harper and Row in l976, did some time as a secretary at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Bank of America, then on Montgomery Street, and the Chamber of Commerce in Berkeley. Pushed by boredom, she got a PhD in Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley and taught at Sonoma State University back when it was a college. Now Prof. Emeritus from the English Dept. there, she is a founder and present director, with Karen, of The Sitting Room, a community library devoted to books by and about women writers — and artists too. Come visit us! website: sittingroom.org
More about Karen: Karen Petersen, co-author of the l976 “Women Artists: Recognition and Reappraisal from the Early Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century”, is a retired librarian from Santa Rose Junior College and is a founder of the Petaluma Art Center and of The Sitting Room Library.