Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Adrift in the Wonderworld: Women Make Meaning of Moby Dick at Marta Hewett Gallery in Cincinnati, OH

Still from Speak, Thou Vast and Venerable Head by Julia Oldham

Professor Bob Wallace, a literature professor and Melville scholar, has partnered with gallerist Marta Hewett to curate an exhibition of 9 female artists making work about the novel Moby Dick. This exhibition runs from April 23 to August 15, 2016 at Marta Hewett Gallery, 1310 Pendleton St, Cincinnati, Ohio.

MAY 7, 2016 at 2 PM: Adrift in the Wonder World: Women Make Meaning of Moby-Dick Gallery Tour and Discussion led by Author Elizabeth A. Schultz

Join us for a walk through the current gallery exhibit, Adrift in the Wonder World: Women Make Meaning of Moby-Dick led by noted author and former Fulbright Lecturer Elizabeth A. Schultz. We will discuss the works presented by the nine contemporary women artists in the exhibit. Ms. Schultz will speak about the artists’ pieces in relation to the history of women artists' visual interpretations of Moby-Dick as well as in relation to the differences between their representation of Moby-Dick and that in art by men. We will draw attention to these artists' particularly feminist interpretations of both the novel's characters and of whales. Schultz will shed light on these nine artists' visions of the novel in direct relation to their different aesthetics. We will relate these women's works to other contemporary artists' works by exploring the diversity of artists' interpretations of Melville's novel over many decades. 

About Elizabeth A. Schultz

In 1995, Elizabeth Schultz published the pioneering book of the study of the relationship between Moby- Dick and twentieth-century American art, "Unpainted to the Last." She has curated numerous exhibitions on art related to Melville's work in addition to continuing to work extensively on this subject. Retiring from the University of Kansas' Department of English, she has become a dedicated advocate for the arts and the environment. She continues to write about the people and places she loves and has published two scholarly books, five books of poetry (three in 2014: The Sauntering Eye, Mrs. Noah Takes the Helm, The Quickening), a memoir, a collection of short stories, and a collection of essays. Her scholarly and creative work has appeared in numerous journals and reviews. A former Fulbright Lecturer, Elizabeth Schultz has taught and written widely in the fields of American studies and nineteenth and twentieth century American literature with a special emphasis on feminism and multiculturalism.