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Nochlin, Linda (1931–) - Art History

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Linda Nochlin was born on January 30, 1931, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of a businessman father and a homemaker mother. She attended Brooklyn Ethical Culture School and Midwood High School. Among her early influences were her maternal grandfather, who was interested in art and literature; her mother’s brother, who was interested in art; and the general atmosphere of Brooklyn, with its culture and politics.

Nochlin attended Vassar College, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1951. She began her graduate work at Columbia University, earning a master’s degree in English in 1952. Nochlin then attended New York University, where she completed the Ph.D. in art history in 1963. She then accepted a position as assistant professor of art at Vassar College. She stayed at Vassar until 1979, earning the rank of associate professor in 1966, professor in 1969, and Mary Conover Mellon Professor of Art History in 1971. After working as visiting professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center from 1975 to 1976, Nochlin accepted a position there as distinguished professor in 1980. Then, after a year as visiting professor at Yale University, Nochlin accepted a position there as Robert Lehman Professor of the History of Art in 1990. She is currently Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.

Linda Nochlin is the author or editor of thirteen books and over seventy scholarly articles. She is currently working on another book, Courbet: The Real Allegory: Essays on Painting and Ideas . One of her books, Realism , was nominated for the National Book Award. She has also written extensively on many nineteenth-century artists, including Courbet, the subject of her doctoral dissertation. Well known as a feminist art historian, Nochlin published “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” in 1971. This article, considered the first in the field of feminist art history, was also the first of many such explorations Nochlin would make. Women, Art, and Power , a 1988 publication, is the culmination of almost twenty years of Nochlin’s own writings in the field.

Nochlin has held fellowships with the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She was named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle magazine in 1977, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received honorary doctoral degrees from Colgate University, Massachusetts College of Art, and the Parsons School of Design.

Linda Nochlin has provided service to the academic world and to the arts communities where she has lived. She was on the board of editors of the Art Bulletin , a member of the international advisory board of Art History , a contributing editor of Art in America , and an advisor on the Art of the Western World television series. She serves on the Battery Park City Authority Fine Arts Committee and as an advisor to the Metropolitan Museum of Art/John Paul Getty Trust Program for Art on Film and Video, and on the editorial board of the Yale Journal of Criticism . She was also a panelist on the 1994 New York Selection Panel for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

Linda Nochlin was married to Philip Nochlin, who died in 1960, and Richard Pommer, who died in 1991. She is the mother of two children, Jessica Trotta and Daisy Pommer, and the grandmother of two children, Julia Trotta and Dominic Trotta. Her interests include race walking, music, dance, and theater.

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