A Word Person Thinks About Bodies

Apparently, even in 2020, there is something suspect, even shameful, about devoting too much page time to the body, despite the fact that we all conduct our lives from within a body. But I’ve been body-observant for years—perhaps because my mother loved her own body.

Mary on the Green

The feminist icon Mary Wollstonecraft is best known as the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), a pioneering argument for women’s rights. In the 1980s, I, a New Yorker, fought London’s National Portrait Gallery to see that a compelling portrait of Wollstonecraft was finally put on display. Today, the Mary on the Green […]

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.