Whitney Otto, Art for the Ladylike

If you missed today's event with Whitney (it was fascinating), you can watch the replay on YouTube at this link:

https://youtu.be/a2yG22yQs_U

We recommend fast forwarding to about the 4:30 mark before you start watching.

 

Whitney Otto, Art for the Ladylike

We are so thrilled to be (virtually) hosting Portland author Whitney Otto with her new book Art for the Ladylike, published by Mad Creek Books. In this inviting blend of biography and memoir, Otto examines her life in terms of the women artists who influenced her, asking, “Is there any social effect when a woman is explicit in her observing?” She limns the lives of eight pioneering women photographers—Sally Mann, Imogen Cunningham, Judy Dater, Ruth Orkin, Tina Modotti, Lee Miller, Madame Yvonne, and Grete Stern— to in turn excavate her own writer’s life. The result is an affecting exploration of what it means to be a woman, what it means to be an artist, and the perils and rewards of being both at once. In considering how feminism, career, and motherhood were entangled throughout her subjects’ lives as they tirelessly sought to render their visions and paved the way for others creating within the bounds of domesticity, Otto assesses her own struggles with balancing writing and the pulls of home life. Ultimately, she ponders the persistent question that artistic women face in a world that devalues women’s ambition: If what we love is what we are, how do those of us with multiple loves forge lives with room for everything?

Whitney Otto is the author of five novels: How To Make an American Quilt, which was a New York Times bestseller and a NY Times Notable Book; nominated for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award, and adapted into a feature film produced by Steven Spielberg: Now You See Her, which was nominated for an Oregon Book Award and optioned for film; The Passion Dream Book, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, optioned for a film, and an Oregonian Book Club selection;  A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity, which was a Multnomah County Library selection; and her most recent novel, Eight Girls Taking Pictures. Otto's work has also appeared in anthologies, magazines, and the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Oregonian. In 2006 she had an art exhibition of her shadow boxes at the Littman & White Galleries in Portland. She has also been in the New York Times Crossword Puzzle a few times--one of the benefits of having a crossword-friendly last name--and was once a Jeopardy! answer/question.

In her virtual event, Otto will be talking about some the women she profiles in her book and sharing examples of their art. She has also provided a list of books by/about some of the artists she talks about in her book; you will find that list below.

Register for the event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4Nv5kP93TmiYgH_3UXDeYw

Event date: 

Monday, May 10, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Event address: 

Art for the Ladylike: An Autobiography through Other Lives (21st Century Essays #1) Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780814257821
Availability: On Our Shelves Now as of 24 Hours Ago
Published: Mad Creek Books - March 7th, 2021

Eight Girls Taking Pictures: A Novel Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781451682724
Availability: We can usually get this book in 3 to 5 days, except during a pandemic. We are doing our best
Published: Scribner - June 4th, 2013

How to Make an American Quilt: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345388964
Availability: On Our Shelves Now as of 24 Hours Ago
Published: Ballantine Books - April 12th, 1994

The New Woman Behind the Camera Cover Image
By Andrea Nelson, Kaywin Feldman (Foreword by), Mia Fineman (Preface by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9781942884743
Availability: We can usually get this book in 3 to 5 days, except during a pandemic. We are doing our best
Published: National Gallery of Art - November 10th, 2020

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Sally Mann: At Twelve, Portraits of Young Women (30th Anniversary Edition) Cover Image
By Sally Mann (Photographer), Sally Mann (Commentaries by), Ann Beattie (Introduction by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781597114585
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Aperture - February 8th, 2022

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316247757
Availability: We can usually get this book in 3 to 5 days, except during a pandemic. We are doing our best
Published: Back Bay Books - April 26th, 2016

Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective Cover Image
By Paul Martineau , Susan Ehrens (Contributions by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781606066751
Availability: We can usually get this book in 3 to 5 days, except during a pandemic. We are doing our best
Published: J. Paul Getty Museum - October 27th, 2020

Tina Modotti: Photographer & Revolutionary Cover Image
By Tina Modotti (Photographer), Margaret Hooks (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$32.00
ISBN: 9788416248834
Availability: We can usually get this book in 3 to 5 days, except during a pandemic. We are doing our best
Published: La Fabrica - August 22nd, 2017

Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti Cover Image
$47.18
ISBN: 9780520235144
Availability: We can usually get this book in 3 to 5 days, except during a pandemic. We are doing our best
Published: University of California Press - March 11th, 2002

Tinisima Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780826341235
Availability: We can usually get this book in 3 to 5 days, except during a pandemic. We are doing our best
Published: University of New Mexico Press - September 1st, 2006

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The Lives of Lee Miller Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780500294284
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Thames & Hudson - September 21st, 2021

Lee Miller: A Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780226080673
Availability: We can usually get this book in 3 to 5 days, except during a pandemic. We are doing our best
Published: University of Chicago Press - April 23rd, 2007

From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern & Horacio Coppola Cover Image
By Grete Stern (Photographer), Horacio Coppola (Photographer), Roxana Marcoci (Contribution by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9780870709616
Availability: We can usually get this book in 3 to 5 days, except during a pandemic. We are doing our best
Published: Museum of Modern Art - May 26th, 2015

Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781684580323
Availability: Backordered. There will likely be a delay in getting this book
Published: Brandeis University Press - October 1st, 2020

Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury Cover Image
$23.10
ISBN: 9781984899705
Availability: Special Order -- These books can be hard for us to get
Published: Vintage - March 10th, 2020