Arty Girl: Feminist Art History at PAM

Even though I recently betrayed my feminist roots by writing this piece, I still have loyalty to the cause. Especially when it comes to Art History.

It's no secret that, historically, female artists haven't really gotten their fair shake. Lack of education, lack of opportunity for status and all that baby-raising definitely put a monkey wrench in the works.

But there have been a handful of (dare I say?) ballsy ladies throughout history who rejected the expectations of gender so they could sketch, paint, and sculpt alongside men.

And this Wednesday, the Phoenix Art Museum will tell one woman's story.

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749-1803) was one of the few women to attend France's Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. She made a living painting miniatures and portraits while surviving the French Revolution.

Laura Auricchio, Ph.D., will tell this painter's amazing life story and discuss other female artists of the time.

Girl power.

The talk starts at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave in Phoenix, 602-257-1880, www.phxart.org.

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