Picturing Women explores how women are figured, fashioned, turned into portraits, and told about in words and pictorial narrative.
Hot off the press! Look for the companion book for the 'Picturing' Women project in August 2008, which includes a CD-ROM version of this Web site, so that you will have access to its resources long after it's been taken down. Find out more!
Juxtaposing Art and Artifacts from the past and present, we ask:
What constitutes Female Identity?
How is it Culturally Constructed in images, artifacts and texts?
What roles have these artifacts played in Defining Women's Places in society, how they have been pictured Historically and are pictured Today?
Explore These Questions and others of your own imagining on this Web site and in your daily lives, as you recognize the Picturing of Women all around you. More about Picturing Women.
The history of the representation of women is one that often pictures partial and full nudity along with other explicit depictions. Some contemporary artists have chosen to respond to such conventions in similarly explicit ways. This Web site reflects both historical conventions and contemporary responses. These images can be challenging for younger viewers in particular, but each one offers the opportunity for questioning, discussing, and learning.