Cotuit Center for the Arts will host a discussion about women artists on Tuesday, January 29, from 7 to 9 PM in the Art Studio. The film "Who does She Think She Is?" will be shown, and refreshments will be available.
The event is a follow-up to the "Gender in Art" discussion held last September in conjunction with the art exhibit, "Artist, Gender, and Subtext," which featured the works of artists Jackie Reeves and Richard Neal, and two plays presented by Cotuit Center for the Arts in the fall, "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress," which had a primarily female cast, and "Twelve Angry Men," which had an all-male cast.
The September discussion raised many issues about art and gender; participants realized that they had only just begun to deal with the subject. Artist Phyllis Hartley will host a continuation of that discussion on gender and subtext on January 29 with a film about women artists, followed by an informal discussion.
"Who Does She Think She is?" a film from 2008, directed by Pamela Tanner Boll, looks at the lives of five women artists in different areas of the country who are struggling to balance motherhood with careers as artists. As the movie points out, about 80 percent of the students in art school are women, but 70 to 80 percent of the art in galleries and museums is from male artists.
Though no one can reliably determine, just by looking at a work of art, whether the artist was a man or a woman, it is said that discrimination continues in various ways in the field of art.
Ms. Hartley hopes that this will be the first of a monthly film discussion series show similar films as "Who Does She Think She Is," giving artists and those who enjoy art an opportunity to share their ideas on art and the creative process.
Cotuit Center for the Arts will present "Red" in April, a play about the life of artist Mark Rothko, which will present another compelling topic for discussion, said Ms. Hartley.
The film and discussion are free, but donations are appreciated, as are potluck refreshments.
Cotuit Center for the Arts is located at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit. For more information, visit artsonthecape.org or call 508-428-0669.