Tanya Sheehan
Tanya Sheehan is Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art at Colby College and Executive Editor of the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art Journal.
Sheehan, Tanya
Sheehan, Tanya
United States of America
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Description: Modernism, Art, Therapy
Histories of modern art have had little to say about art therapy, despite its widespread practice in the Americas and Europe, where it emerged out of psychology and progressive education in the early twentieth century. Indeed, creative art making and viewing became commonplace in hospitals, clinics, community centers, and prisons, fueled by a belief in the transformational power of art for...
PublisherYale University Press
Chapter subject tags:Modernism (Art)Art therapy
Description: Modernism, Art, Therapy
A new transnational history of modernist art that connects discourses on art as therapy to questions of gender, disability, race, and the politics of care
In an innovative collection of essays by established and emerging scholars, Modernism, Art, Therapy explores relationships between clinically derived art therapies and the modernisms that developed transnationally in visual arts across the twentieth century. Through sites of practice such as hospitals, clinics, and prisons—but also schools, art museums, and galleries—the book puts art history into conversation with critical medical and health humanities, disability studies, critical race studies, and gender and sexuality studies. Committed to exploring questions of agency and social justice, contributors to the book attend to traditionally marginalized subjects and makers, from children and the incarcerated to women artists, therapists, and care workers. The volume thus aims not only to expand the category of masterworks that art historians deem meaningful but also to expose the limitations of dominant narratives about modernism.

This born-digital book is available exclusively on the A&AePortal.
Suzanne Hudson (Editor), Tanya Sheehan (Editor)
EISBN 9780300269482
Illustrations 94
Print Status in print
Description: The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 1: The...
An astonishing number of images of black people that circulated widely in the United States and Europe from the middle of the nineteenth century through the twentieth objectified and caricatured them, propagating degrading stereotypes about the supposedly immutable nature of people of African descent. These images made visible deep and widespread anxieties about “racial”...
PublisherHarvard University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.27-40