Madame B

Featuring Mieke Bal
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
6 PM
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall

The departments of art history and film studies present an evening with cultural theorist and critic Mieke Bal. Madame B: Explorations in Emotional Capitalism, Bal’s collaborative film made with video artist Michelle Williams Gamaker, explores the remnants of romantic sensibilities that still hold women back today. Inspired by Flaubert’s 1856 masterpiece, Madame Bovary, this film examines the way that dominant ideologies surrounding capitalism— especially the emotional aspects of the marketplace and the commercialism of romantic love—are still rampant after 150 years. This film screening will be followed by a lecture titled, “The Object Speaks Back: Unraveling the Voices of Performative Images.” Mieke Bal, who holds this year's Virginia C. Gildersleeve Prefessorship at Barnard College, is professor emerita of the University of Amsterdam. 


Sep. 15, 2015 - 6:00 PM