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30 Mar 2012

The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art

The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art
Myrel Chernick and Jennie Klein, editors


Edited by Myrel Chernick and Jennie Klein
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The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art

The M Word includes full colour photographs and contributions from: Mary Kelly, Susan Suleiman, Mignon Nixon, Jane Gallop, Margaret Morgan, Andrea Liss, Aura Rosenberg, Barbara T. Smith, Sherry Millner, Ellen McMahon, Renée Cox, Gail Rebhan, Marion Wilson, Judy Glantzman, Denise Ferris, Youngbok Hong, Patricia Cué, Monica Mayer, Cheri Gaulke, and more.

The M Word puts the most hallowed and fraught life relationship of all into the center of visual culture. Working through feminist ambivalence about motherhood, this collection offers a crucial corrective to the dearth of discussions about life choices and living tensions for creative women in art and art discourse. With a range of key feminist artists, art historians, and theorists addressing topics from Mexican feminist art collectives to the Holocaust and mothering to queer mothering, this book presents a range of rigorous thinking in textual and visual form. In The M Word, maternity, as a state, an ideology, an 'image,' becomes the perfect pivot through which to examine women imagining ourselves into the sometimes incompatible roles of caring, care taking, thinking, and making.
—Amelia Jones, Grierson Chair in Visual Culture, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University

The M Word is a welcome addition to the fields of both maternal and art historical studies. In their strong introduction, Myrel Chernick and Jennie Klein provide a smart historical grounding for the intersections of mothering and visual art. The union of scholarly and narrative voices and the range of visual material included offer a compelling framework for this volume devoted to a significant and (always) timely topic.
—Rachel Epp Buller, editor of Reconciling Art and Mothering