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This book presents the work of more than 150 women artists who live or once lived west of the Mississippi River. The first part consists of fifteen interpretive essays examining the work and concerns of 19th and 20th century artists working in a broad range of media (including photography, quiltmaking, painting, printmaking, clay art, sculpture, digital art and more). Concepts of community, identity, spirituality, and locality are explored in interdisciplinary contexts. Histories and critical reappraisals of gendered representations of the American West form the backbone of these essays. The second part is an alphabetical directory of the artists discussed in the essays, with biographical information, notes on exhibitions and collections, and the artists' own statements about their work and their visions. Together, these artists represent the full spectrum of ethnicities and cultures that comprise the American West.
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This multipurpose book is above all an interpretive history of more than 150 women artists who live or once lived west of the Mississippi. It began on the Internet as an archive of women artists that would serve as a distance-learning course meant to make women artists' lives and works accessible to all. Interdisciplinary scholar and artist Ressler (art, Purdue Univ.) has gathered 14 contributors from a wide range of fields; not surprisingly, the artists they discuss embrace the full cultural diversity of the American West. The first part of the book includes essays addressing 15 selected topics grouped by five themes-community, identity, spirituality, locality, and telling visions-with such titles as "Surviving the Winter: The Evolution of Quiltmaking Among Two Cultures in New Mexico," "Lesbian Photography on the U.S. West Coast, 1970-2000," and "In Which It Stands: Nature, Culture, Public Space." The second part of the book takes the form of an alphabetical directory of the artists discussed in the essays, with biographical information, notes on exhibitions and collections, and the artists' own statements about their work and visions. This reference emphasizes content and coverage rather than reproductions. Most of the illustrations are small, black-and-white photos, but there is a section of 60 color photos in the center. Recommended for larger public libraries, academic libraries, and specialized collections on art of the western United States or women artists.-Sylvia Andrews, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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An important resource...very informative...recommended
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786410545
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/11/2003
  • Pages: 397
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan R. Ressler is a professor emerita of art at Purdue University and an interdisciplinary scholar and artist.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3
1 Surviving the Winter: The Evolution of Quiltmaking Among Two Cultures in New Mexico 20
2 Barbara Zaring and Alyce Frank: The Confluence of Creativity and Relationships 37
3 Asian American Women Artists: Community Networks and Cultural Autonomy 50
4 Shaping a New Way: White Women and the Movement to Promote Pueblo Indian Arts and Crafts, 1900-1935 83
5 The Legacy of Generations: Pottery by Contemporary American Indian Women 97
6 Lesbian Photography on the U.S. West Coast, 1970-2000 117
7 Indigenous Identities: Diverse Visions 136
8 Agnes Pelton and Florence Miller Pierce: The Two Women Artists in the Transcendental Painting Group, 1938-1945 153
9 It's All About the Apple, or Is It? Spirituality and Contemporary Women's Art of the American West 166
10 100 Years of California Photography: Women Innovators and Their Contributions, 1850-1950 201
11 The Historical Landscape: Laura Gilpin and the Tradition of American Landscape Photography 224
12 Women on the Pacific Rim: Cultural Border Crossings 236
13 In Which It Stands: Nature, Culture, Public Space 252
14 Unfolding: A Memoir 269
15 An Artist's Journey: From Oregon to Timbuktu 281
Afterword: Coming Together: Women Artists and Writers 299
Artists' Biographies 301
About the Contributors 343
Bibliography 345
Index 351
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