HISTORY OF ART
Museums are created to show art, but they are also an invaluable place to hold conversations where critical thinking takes place on subjects such as current affairs, tolerance, gender equality, creative thinking, politics, human rights and more.Every day of our lives, we come into contact with seemingly innocuous images that are in fact ideologically driven. Adverts in the Underground or on TV, photos in the press and Hollywood movies all transmit ideas about issues such as gender, class, nationality and ethnicity. It is very easy to remain oblivious to the effects these can have on society, as such images from the media and popular culture tend to be consumed in a state of distraction. A visit to a gallery can be a similar experience for the untrained eye. The gallery bombards us with so many images that it can be hard to take in anything at all, let alone to look at the works from a critical standpoint.Our contemporary visual culture, from ads to films, is highly influenced by the canon of art history and, through this, the predominant ‘gaze’ of Western patriarchy and its ways of representing the world. Yes, art from the past can be beautiful, but it is also telling us some often quite uncomfortable things. There is a lot to be gained from examining pictures in galleries to see how they can be relevant to issues in contemporary society, as well as to our own personal experiences.Our workshops concentrate on visual literacy: learning how to look at and ‘read’ artworks and, by extension,all manner of images that we see day to day. Aiming to escape a passive reception and acceptance of art, we promote the act of looking as an active, critical dialogue.
Have you ever wondered why so many of the images of women that we see in museums are nudes? Or why there are so few women artists? Or what role women have played in the history of art?
‘The tour was a great way to spend some time in London. The National Gallery is really big and can be pretty daunting trying to figure out where to start. The tour was a really great way to learn about paintings of and by women in the Gallery in a more personal setting. It provided an opportunity to think about and engage with the works that we saw through a different lens than we are often accustomed to. I highly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend’.
‘Women at the gallery exceeded my expectations. We had an uncommon group of all women and the conversations that sparked from our tour will stick with me for a long time. I️ have gushed to many already about how well thought out this experience is. Jessica was our lead and she thoughtfully guided our conversations surrounding 7 paintings (and beyond). You will not regret joining this tour and opening your mind to another lens that should be talked and seen more often. Thank you Jessica and Maria for creating such a wonderful AirBnB experience! Love from Canada <3'.
‘Excellent and refreshing tour of the National Gallery. It gives a different perspective of the paintings and the history and stories behind them. It opened my eyes to the feminine point of view and role in the history of art and the silencing that women have endured and still endure. It has changed forever the way that I look at art and life in general. I really recommend it to everybody, regardless of gender’.
‘This tour gives you an underlying perspective to some of the best portraits. Maria makes it interactive and friendly and it is definitely worth the time and money. It can also be fun for both men and women’.
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I am an art historian and art educator and run these tours with the objetive of questioning the actual visual culture in regards to women. I want people to be critic with the images they consume. I think museums are public and education spaces and need to be open to hold conversations with all type of publics. Art belong to all of us, not just to those that can afford to understand it or to pay for it.
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Opposite Croma, Road 36,
Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad
12 Noon to 9 PM