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FAU Symposium Features Renowned Art Historian Linda Nochlin

BOCA RATON (January 9, 2012) – The departments of visual arts and art history, the University Galleries, and the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies within Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present the symposium “Taking the Space: Gender and the Figure in Contemporary Art,” on Friday, February 3 at 3:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Building, room 101, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Internationally celebrated art historian Linda Nochlin will deliver the keynote address for the symposium at 6:30 p.m.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Figured Spaces: Selections from the John Morrissey Collection,” on view in the Schmidt Center Gallery through Saturday, February 11. The exhibition features figurative works by12 women contemporary artists who are receiving favorable critical attention and experiencing success in the art world. The symposium will address issues posed in the exhibition about gender, power, sexuality, the body, collecting, displaying and interpreting art in the 21st century.

Nochlin, the Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University’s, will deliver the lecture. “Three Women Artists/Three Versions of the Body: Jenny Saville, Louise Bourgeois, Miwa Yanagi.” A noted critic and scholar, Nochlin first rose to fame with her generative article “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” Addressing gender discrimination in the long history of art, Nochlin insisted on a reconsideration of basic notions of greatness and genius, and helped to launch the field of feminist art history.

Other speakers in the symposium will include Natalie Frank and Hilary Harkness, two artists who are part of the exhibition. Katja Zigerlig, vice president of art insurance in the Private Client Group at Chartis Insurance and a specialist in art insurance and collecting practices, also will present at the symposium.

Jane Caputi, professor in the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at FAU, will open the proceedings and Karen J. Leader, assistant professor of art history at FAU and co-curator of the exhibition, will preside. The Schmidt Center Gallery will be open during and after the event.

The University Galleries are open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Group and class tours are welcome and can be arranged by appointment during public and alternative hours. The exhibition will be closed for the winter semester break through January 3, 2012.

“Figured Spaces: Selections from the John Morrissey Collection” is presented in association with the department of visual arts and art history, and has been made possible in part by John Morrissey. University Galleries exhibition and education programs are supported by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council; R.A. Ritter Foundation; Beatrice Cummings Mayer; and individual contributors. For more information, visit or call 561-297-2966.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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