Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Deconstructing Feminist Art and The Evolution of New Media
by Barriga, Maria Fernanda, M.A., Prescott College, 2016, 88; 10255533
Abstract (Summary)

Feminist artists during the second wave movement wanted to gain the same rights as men in a historically male-dominated art world, a world that was being influenced more and more by modernist ideals. It was during this precise moment that postmodernists helped transform art, in addition to the fields of literature, music, architecture, law, and philosophy. The synthesis between postmodernism and feminism helped art evolve in non-traditional ways. In this thesis, I seek to answer the question: “How did postmodernism influence feminist artists from 1970-1982 to create the adaptation of new media?” Evidence of this influence is seen in the evolution of new media such as performance, decorative arts, video, photography, femmage, and collage. As I examine the synthesis between postmodernism and feminist art, I will also show evidence of how second wave feminist movement influenced the evolution of postmodernism, and how the mixture of postmodern and feminist ideals influenced these women artists.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Medefesser, Amy
Commitee: Clingan, Joan, Matson, Irene
School: Prescott College
Department: Humanities
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Art history, Womens studies
Keywords: Art history, Feminism, Feminist art, New media, Postmodern
Publication Number: 10255533
ISBN: 9781369566192
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