Sor Juana Family Celebration: A Celebration of Women in the Arts

Leticia Salinas is the McDermott Intern of Family Experiences. Leticia helps with many aspects of family programming, but her favorite part of her job is working with children in the galleries.

Miguel Cabrera, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, 1750, oil on canvas

This month at the DMA we are celebrating women in the arts! Our inspiration is Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, one of the major figures of Spanish American literature during the 17th century. She was one of the first women to defy social norms of the time in her writings and to defend women’s rights to any education they desired. Her love for learning was so great that Sor Juana chose the convent over marriage, for it was the only place in which a female could receive a proper education at the time.

Join us on April 11th to celebrate the accomplishments of Sor Juana and other women in the arts and enjoy free events all day. We will have a variety of art activities for all ages including family films, sketching in the galleries, and studio creations. There will be a theater performance of Sor Juana for families as well as Film screenings presented by The Dallas Film Society. We will end the day’s activities with a special performance by Mariachi Rosas Divinas, the first female mariachi group. While you are here, make sure you visit the galleries and look for the following works made by women artists!

Berthe Morisot, Winter (Woman with a Muff), 1880, Oil on Canvas

Berth Morisot was a painter in Paris during the 19th century and belonged to the Impressionist group. She studied under Edouard Manet and later married his brother. Even though her style is Impressionistic, she managed to make it unique by using subtle colors and large brushstrokes that go in different directions. Her work often portrayed scenes of everyday life with women and children, and her sitters were often family members. Look at the painting above and see if you can figure out what season it is. (Hint: look at what she’s wearing and the colors used in the background.)

Georgia O’Keeffe, Yellow Cactus, 1929, Oil on canvas

Georgia O’Keefe was an American artist born in Wisconsin. Her parents were dairy farmers and her mother made her and her six siblings take art classes when they were young. O’Keeffe is mainly known for her paintings of flowers, rocks, shells, animal bones, and landscapes. In her later life, she lived in New Mexico and was inspired by her surroundings. This painting of a yellow cactus is one of her earliest images of flowers inspired by the rural Southwest.

Mary Cassatt, Sleepy Baby, c. 1910, pastel on paper

Mary Cassatt was was an American painter and printmaker who lived in France for the majority of her adult life. She was an influential artist in both France and America and exhibited her works with Impressionist artists like Berthe Morisot did. In the 1880s, Mary Cassatt turned her attention to mothers and children and created works of art such as the one above. In this work, we see a mother holding a sleeping baby. She uses blue tones of the background and mom’s robe but adds warmth to the image by including shades of pink and red. For example, look at the mom’s blushed cheeks and the red and pink decorations on her robe. What do you think the mom is thinking about?


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One response to “Sor Juana Family Celebration: A Celebration of Women in the Arts

  1. Maria Teresa

    Gracias Leticia for everything you do to make family experiences for everyone the best!

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