Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

No man's land: African American women artists working beyond the margins
by Watson, Mia, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 95; 1472254
Abstract (Summary)

Adequate assessment practices are needed for the evaluation of art by African American women. Grounding the work of this community in the socio-political and personal context in which it was created is fundamental. Although there has been progress in the field regarding African American and feminist approaches to art, a discrepancy exists in how the work of non-male Blacks and non-White women are viewed.

In order to determine the contributions and vocabulary of African American women in art, new frameworks must be constructed while the old are revised. This study explores how oral history practices can contribute to the evolution of the arts discourse. This study also sought to answer: (1) How can dominant practices in art history and criticism evolve toward a more inclusive end, and (2) what can African American women do to move that discourse forward and thrust their work closer to the center of the dialogue?

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Silviera, Carlos
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Fine arts, Womens studies
Publication Number: 1472254
ISBN: 978-1-109-47491-6
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