Lunchtime lecture: rethinking Mary Cassatt

Course Dates: 09/03/23
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Online
Join us for an exploration of the art of Mary Cassatt: feminist, independent, painter of women in the world.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £8.00 Concession £7.00

Course Code: VB775

Thu, day, 09 Mar - 09 Mar '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

Mary Cassatt’s images of mothers and children define the popular discussion of her work. At a glance, Cassatt’s images of women and children seem sentimentally kitsch and history has, unfortunately, miscast this radical feminist as maudlin. This lunchtime lecture reclaims Cassatt’s rebelliousness and it looks the actual lives of the women and children she painted, not what nostaglia imagines them to be.

This talk examines Cassatt’s career, her choice of subject, her artistic method and how she was received by her peers. It is an introduction to her work and aspect of modern art rarely explored in popular art history.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

-Mary Cassatt's career and artistic development
-Why she chose subjects of women and children
-How Cassatt fit within her artistic milieu
-Significant art historians who have examined her work.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Explain the meanings behind Cassatt's choice of subject matter
-Discuss elements of the artist's style
-Understand why the artist has been misunderstood for decades and who has helped in reforming our understanding of her work.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information as well as basic functions of Zoom, specifically microphone and camera.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by lecture with slide images, you be engaged in a brief discussion and invited to ask questions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You may wish to bring a notebook to take notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Take a course from our lunchtime lecture series! Search 'lunchtime lecture' on our website. . .some suggestions:
Winter Sun: Nancy Holt's Land Art
Käthe Kollwitz: Master Printmaker.

Sarah Jaffray Tutor Website

Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. In addition to her current teaching at City Lit, Sarah is a lecturer at the University of Arts London and the Tutor Coordinator for City Lit's Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah's current research is focused on translation and empathy.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.