New to the subject of art, gender and difference? Explore these texts to get you started.
Buikema, Rosemarie L. and Liedeke Plate, red. Handboek genderstudies in de media, kunst en cultuur. Bussum: Coutinho, 2015.
An all-round introduction into the field of Gender Studies. It provides you with varied and up to date insights into Gender Studies as a discipline, within the larger context of Culture Studies in the Netherlands. Both canonical texts and ideas are discussed, such as Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Second Sex”, as well as more recent phenomena emerging from digitalisation, globalisation and neoliberalism.
Buikema, Rosemarie L. Revolts in Cultural Critique. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020.
From Charlotte Brontë and Virginia Woolf, to Marlene van Niekerk and William Kentridge, artists and intellectuals have tried to address the question: How to deal with the legacy of exclusion and oppression? Via substantive works of art, this book examines some of the answers that have emerged to this question, to show how art can put into motion something new and how it can transform social and cultural relations in a sustainable way. In this way, art can function as an effective form of cultural critique.
Henning, Michelle, Museums, media and cultural theory, Stuart Allan. Open University Press, 2006.
This work investigates the cultural signification of museums and exhibitions. In doing so, Henning approaches museums from an experiential and performative angle as museums influence our sensual experiences.
Kuoni, Karin and Chelsea Haines, eds. Entry points: The Vera List Center field guide on art and social justice no. 1. Durham: Duke University Press.
This book captures some of the most significant worldwide examples of art and social justice and introduces an interested audience of artists, policy makers, scholars, and writers to new ways of thinking about how justice is defined, advanced, and practiced through the arts.
Lidchie, Henrietta. “The poetics and the politics of exhibiting other cultures.” In Representation, Stuart Hall, Jessica Evans and Sean Nixon, 120-211. London: Sage, 2013.
This chapter examines how so called “ethnographic objects” acquire their meaning. Central to this exploration is a critical engagement with ethnographic institutes, such as museums, whose representational practices exhibit these objects of so called “other cultures”. In this way, this text critically examines how “the west” represents and classifies non-western cultures.