Barnes Lecture: Aruna D’Souza on “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”

16 Oct 2021
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19130


Suzanne Valadon, The Utter Family, 1921, Centre Pompidou – Musée National d’Art Moderne/CCI, Paris, Gift of Doctor Robert Le Masle, 1974. © 2021 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Jacqueline Hyde / Image © CNAC/MNAM, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY. Photo courtesy of The Barnes Foundation. 

As a companion program to The Barnes Foundation exhibition Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, author Aruna D’Souza offers reflections on art historian Linda Nochlin’s groundbreaking 1971 essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” and explores what it still has to teach in the wake of Black Lives Matter, global protests, and the influence of Black feminist thought.

Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel is the first major US institutional exhibition of post-impressionist French painter Suzanne Valadon, an early 20th-century French artist who challenged social norms in both her lifestyle and art-making.