We Heart: ArtActivistBarbie Taking on Patriarchy in the Art World

Posing in front of mosaic tiles and Victorian paintings, sporting handmade outfits like feathered, cotton candy-colored dresses or quarantine-friendly bathrobes, a young woman exposes the misogynistic undertones of art at big-name museums like the National Gallery in London and the Getty in Los Angeles. She stands at about a foot tall with an annotated notecard on a small wooden stick in hand. Her name is Barbie.

Art Exhibit “Linda Nochlin: The Maverick She” Honors the Contributions of Iconic Feminist Art Scholar

Linda Nochlin (1931–2017) was a ground-breaking academic and art historian dedicated to building appreciation for the contributions of women in the arts. The Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) and the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art have teamed up to present an exhibition featuring Nochlin’s papers and other tokens to celebrate her monumental contributions to art and culture.