Ruth Bowman is an art historian, educator and critic, specializing in 19th and 20th Century American painting, sculpture and architecture. Her contribution to the arts has spanned over 40 years, beginning in the early 1960s at the Jewish Museum. She was a curator of the New York University Art Collection, founder of the Grey Art Gallery, staff lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, Director of Education for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and contributed a multi-lecture course art on 20th century American art to the “Sunrise Semester,” a distance-learning program broadcast on CBS from 1957 to 1982. In 2002, The National Portrait Gallery acquired the Ruth Bowman and Harry Kahn 20th Century American Self-Portrait Collection. Ruth's many interviews with artists and art historians are housed at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art.
A Grand Melee of Radical Procedures: Miriam Schapiro on CalArts and the Feminist Art Program by Ruth Bowman
In this interview, Miriam Schapiro describes her discovery of a new, more engaged way of teaching when she moved to Southern California from New York, and how that was inspired by what she witnessed visiting Judy Chicago’s class at Fresno State. This meeting led to the two artists collaborating on the Feminist Art Program at CalArts, and Schapiro discusses the program and describes some of the student projects, including Womanhouse and Anonymous Was a Woman. She then discusses her return to New York and her role in establishing the feminist art journal Heresies.