Talk: Painting Women — Women Artists in the GDR
July 5, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
A talk by April Eisman, Iowa State University
There were many women artists in East Germany, in large part due to the GDR’s long-term emphasis on gender equality. This talk presents a handful of the most successful women painters, examines how they engaged with a medium traditionally defined by male interests and the female nude, and notes the challenges they faced working in a country that claimed a gender equality it had not achieved.
Painter Heidrun Hegewald
Malerin Heidrun Hegewald
(Germany, 1994, dir. Thomas Grimm, 40 min., color, doc.)
A 1994 interview with (East) German painter and graphic artist Heidrun Hegewald about her experiences with art commissions by the state.
Núria Quevedo: A Berliner from Barcelona
Núria Quevedo–eine Berlinerin aus Barcelona
(Germany, 2003, dir. Karlheinz Mund, 72 min., color, doc.)
A portrait of the Spanish painter Núria Quevedo, whose Republican family moved to East Germany in 1952. In her paintings she depicts themes of exile and rootlessness.