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

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Explore an online resource guide about Linda Nochlin's life and work, compiled by our Library & Research Center.
A photographic portrait of smiling art scholar Linda Nochlin in academic regalia. She wears a multicolored blouse and a black cap with a lavender tassel. Over the blouse she wears a bright red and brown gown. She holds a rolled white paper tied with a red ribbon.

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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.
View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.
A selection of publications by Linda Nochlin; Courtesy of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center