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Encounters in the Virtual Feminist Museum Time, Space and the Archive

By Griselda Pollock Copyright 2007
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Continuing her feminist reconceptualisation of the ways we can experience and study the visual arts, world renowned art historian and cultural analyst, Griselda Pollock proposes a series of new encounters through virtual exhibitions with art made by women over the twentieth century. Challenging the dominant museum models of art and history that have been so exclusive of women's artistic contributions to the twentieth century, the virtual feminist museum stages some of the complex relations between femininity, modernity and representation.

    Griselda Pollock draws on the models of both Aby Warburg's Mnemosyne Atlas and Freud's private museum of antiquities as well as Ettinger's concept of subjectivity as encounter to propose a differencing journey through time, space and archive. Featuring studies of Canova 's Three Graces and women artist's modernist reclamations of the female body, the book traverses the rupture of fascism and the Holocaust and ponders the significance of painting and drawing in their aftermath.

    Artists featured include: Georgia O'Keeffe, Josephine Baker, Gluck, Charlotte Salomon, Bracha Ettinger and Christine Taylor Patten.

    Acknowledgements  List of Illustrations  Part 1: The Afterlife of Images: Framing Fathers  1. What the Graces made me do... Time, Space and the Archive: Questions of Feminist Method  2. The Grace of Time: Narrativity, Sexuality and the Visual Encounter  3. The Object’s Gaze in the Freudian Museum  Part 2: Femininity, Modernity and Representation  4.Visions of Sex ca 1920  Part 3: After Auschwitz: femininity and futurity  5. Jewish Space/Women’s Time: Encounters with History in the Artworking of Charlotte Salomon 1941-1942  6. The Graces of Catastrophe: Matrixial Time and Aesthetic Space confront the Archive of Disaster  Part 4: Time and the Mark  7. The Time of Drawing : Drawing Time Christine Taylor Patten’s Micro/Macro series  Index


    Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History at University of Leeds. A world-renowned scholar of international, post-colonial feminist studies in the visual arts, she is best known for her theoretical and methodological innovation, combined with deeply engaged readings of historical and contemporary art, film and cultural theory.

    'In this complex and excessive book Griselda Pollock defies the conventions of reason in the history of art and culture. Creating the 'rooms' of a series of imaginary exhibitions in which women artists such as Frida Kahlo or Charlotte Salomon freely mingle with Sigmund Freud and Aby Warburg, converse with one another out of their time and place, or hear Walter Benjamin on the radio, she invents a new, feminist history for the future. Out of the fragments and traumas of near and ancient pasts, she offers the hope for a political and cultural archaeology of our time.' - Adrian Rifkin, Professor of Art Writing at Goldsmith's College, University of London, UK

    'A significant contribution to feminist art history... An incredibly ambitious, methodologically complex, and intellectually rich book. Pollock provides us with creative ways to conceptualize the field of art history that have the possibility to transform how we interpret and exhibit images... with Encounters in the Virtual Feminist Museum, it is no wonder why Pollock continues to be one of our great art historians.' - Woman's Art Journal