On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale


With an introduction by Elisabeth Hodermarsky and essays by Helen A. Cooper, Linda Konheim Kramer, and Marta Kuzma

Marking the 50th anniversary of undergraduate coeducation at Yale and the 150th anniversary of the first women students at the University, who came to study at the Yale School of the Fine Arts (now Yale School of Art) when it opened in 1869, this volume honors the accomplishments of women artist-graduates of Yale. More than 80 artists—including Janet Fish, Eva Hesse, Maya Lin, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, and Mickalene Thomas—are represented with works drawn from the Yale University Art Gallery, and essays and timelines detail related milestones such as the appointment of art historian Anne Coffin Hanson as the first female tenured professor on campus and Mimi Gardner Gates as the first female director of the Gallery. Together, the texts and images celebrate the crucial role that these women have played in pushing creative boundaries at Yale—and in the world at large.