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RESETTING THE TABLE: A Symposium on Feminist Art and Herstory

Resetting the Table: A Symposium on Feminist Art and Herstory, an all-day symposium held on Oct. 9 in SACI’s Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni), resulted in a wonderful day of scholarship and conversation.

The all-day symposium focused on the role of female artists in society and the ground-breaking work of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Our panel of esteemed art historians, curators, and artists discussed a variety topics relating to feminist art in Florence, including Renaissance, Late Renaissance, and Baroque art, contemporary art criticism, and art-making and curating.

During the morning session, we heard from Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler, Dr. Maria Antonia Rinaldi, and Dr. Helen Watterson, with an introduction by Dr. Mary Beckinsale. Our afternoon speakers included Catherine Morris, Dr. Mary Beckinsale, and Molly Di Grazia, followed by closing remarks and a reception in the SACI Gallery.

Thank you to everyone who joined us! We're thrilled with the turnout and the exceptional scholarship that made up the event. If you were not able to make it, check out videos of the presentations on the SACI YouTube channel. You can also view recordings of the live event on our Facebook page.

Watch our symposium speakers on YouTube:

Dr. Mary Beckinsale, art historian and SACI President Emeritus

Feminist Art and Social Action 
Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler, public historian and arts activist, President of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation

Comments on Italian Female Art History Critics
Dr. Maria Antonia Rinaldi, Director of SACI’s MA in Art History program 

Judith and Female Artistic Identity in the Late Renaissance and Baroque Period
Dr. Helen Watterson, art historian and professor of Renaissance Art History at SACI

Curating a Feminist Art Center
Catherine Morris, Sackler Family Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum

Feminist Reflections on Interpretations of Certain Renaissance Paintings
Dr. Mary Beckinsale, art historian and SACI President Emeritus

Contemporary Practice through a Personal Lens
Molly Di Grazia, artist and SACI alumna (MFA, 2015). Artist of Pharmakon, featured in the SACI Palazzo dei Cartelloni Gallery


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