Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment shows how visual artists explored all sides of this debate. Organized into nine thematic sections, the exhibition addresses fundamental questions about women’s lives in the eighteenth century.
The exhibition’s title evokes the philosopher Simone de Beauvoir’s famous statement in her 1949 book,The Second Sex, that “one is not born, but becomes a woman.” Following de Beauvoir, we understand ‘woman,’ like gender more generally, to be a culturally determined rather than a natural category. Whether in 1949, today, or three centuries ago, women have always been defined through cultural, social, and political norms.
Published by the Horvitz Foundation this full color, 200 page exhibition catalog was printed and bound in Verona, Italy.
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