Urgent Museum Notice

Linda Nochlin: The Maverick She

A black and white photographic portrait of seated art scholar Linda Nochlin. Dressed in a dark sweater and a print scarf, she gazes with a smile up to her left. An oversized art book is opened on the surface in front of her.
Mar 08 to Oct 08, 2020

Linda Nochlin (1931–2017), award-winning scholar, art historian and critic, devoted her career to forging a new appreciation for the contributions of women in the arts. Her 1971 essay, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?,” shifted the critical discourse to a place from which feminist artists, thinkers and activists have never looked back. NMWA’s Library and Research Center and the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art will collaborate to showcase a selection of Nochlin’s papers and ephemera that illuminate her remarkable contributions to art and culture.

A magazine cover shows a painting of a young woman with light skin in a white dress, looking straight ahead at the viewer, against a dark green background. Holding an easel and a paintbrush, she sits in front of an open window, through which two figures and a large building are visible.

"Women's Liberation, Woman Artists and Art History", special issue of ARTnews, v. 69, no. 9, January 1971, cover

Sep 24, 2020

This exhibition is open by appointment only.

Exhibition Hours

Please purchase your timed tickets then email lrc@nmwa.org to schedule an appointment to see this exhibition

Exhibition Location

Library & Research Center

Related Blog Post

Much of the way historians study art today can be traced to the contributions of Linda Nochlin, a scholar, critic, and curator who, beginning in the 1960s, tore through traditional ways of seeing and understanding art.
A selection of publications by Linda Nochlin; Courtesy of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center