Raven Papers: Remembering Natalie Luckyj
Angela Carr, Editor
6 X 9 inches, 176 pages
12 Black & white archival photos
The essays in this collection examine issues that arise in the study of Canadian women's art history. How did artists Paraskeva Clark and Marian Scott negotiate successful professional careers while fulfilling society's expectations
with respect to marriage and motherhood? What perspective did international art writer and critic Jehanne Biétry Salinger bring to the Canadian scene in the early 1930s? By what means did architect Barbara Humphreys succeed in a male-dominated field during her training and subsequent career which began in the 1940s? What does a nineteenth-century photographic album compiled by a woman tell us about contemporary social norms? In what ways have collecting practices influenced the recognition of Nova Scotia artist Maud Lewis? Each contribution is accompanied by an editorial response from a leading scholar or practitioner in Canadian art history and architecture, who situates the essay within the larger scholarly context.
This volume recognizes the work of feminist scholar Natalie Luckyj (1945-2002), whose contributions to Canadian women's art history include "Come Out From Behind the Pre-Cambrian Shield: The Politics of Memory and Identity in the Art of Paraskeva Clark," in Alejandro Anreus, et al., eds., The Social and the Real: Political Art of the 1930s in the Western Hemisphere (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006), in which the essay on Paraskeva Clark published here is cited; Put on Her Mettle: The Life and Art of Jacobine Jones (Penumbra Press, 1999); Helen McNicoll: A Canadian Impressionist (Art Gallery of Ontario, 1999); Expressions of Will: The Art of Prudence Heward (Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1986); Visions and Victories: 10 Canadian Women Artists 1914-1945 (London Regional Art Gallery, 1982); Metamorphosis, Memories, Dreams and Reflections: The Work of Florence Vale (Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1980); and From Women's Eyes: Women Painters in Canada (Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1975), with Dorothy Farr. Professor Luckyj was instrumental in founding the Canadian Art History M.A. program, now Art History: Art and Its Institutions, at Carleton University in Ottawa in 1992. The essays are contributed by graduates of that program, many of whom have gone on to their own careers in art history.