Have you ever heard of the phrase “the male gaze”? It was first coined in 1975 by film critic Laura Mulvey to describe how women are represented in visual arts and literature. She noticed that the women in movies, advertisements, literature, art, etc. were often presented as objects for the pleasure of specifically heterosexual male viewers. This pattern reinforces a power structure in which men control how women are represented and valued in society. The male gaze can be seen throughout art history where male artists – who are much more likely to be accepted into the “canon” or the group of artists who represent the ideal standard in art – depict the female body. In honor of Women’s History Month, the Escalette Collection of Art highlights three artists in the collection who challenge the male gaze and celebrate women representing themselves on their own terms.
Over the summer Diya Patel (’26 Philosophy and Psychology) interned for the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art. Her responsibilities included collections management, marketing/social media, and creating/designing display cases. Patel wrote a story about her time interning, highlighting a few of her favorite things she did. Take a look! This past summer I lived and breathed
Wilkinson College associate professor of political science Crystal Murphy has been named a U.S. Fulbright Scholar for 2023-24. She will spend 10 months at Makerere University in Uganda completing a documentary that tracks the decades long movement for democracy in Sudan. The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship program of international educational and cultural exchange,