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Catherine McCormack

Program Leader

PhD, MA, University of London

Catherine is an art historian, author and independent curator and critic whose work often focuses on feminism and visual culture and critical approaches to art and art history.

She is the Program Leader for the Study Abroad semester and teaches the Exploring Collections, Exploding Canons module of the program. Catherine has held teaching positions at University College London and the University of Oxford and regularly publishes work in newspapers, art press and exhibition catalogues. She is also a regular speaker on panels and discussions within the art industry. In 2022/23 Catherine was the programme curator for 'Exploring Radical Female Joy' at Unit London an ongoing project about the political potential of joy. Current projects include research on the art and politics of the feminist second wave and a book project on early modern and 'renaissance' women artists.

Catherine is the author of the Art of Looking Up, a selection of essays on decorated ceilings ranging from the sixth century to the twenty-first (White Lion, 2019), and Women in the Picture, a feminist polemic about objectification and women's bodies in visual culture (Icon Books, 2020).

Instagram: @womeninthepicture

Catherine McCormack
  • Exhibitions


    'Matrescence', Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, November 2019

    'Maternality', Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, January 2020
  • Publications


    'The femme fatale, or, let's not lose our heads' (exh. cat.), Femme Fatale: Gender, Power, Gaze, Hamburg Kunsthalle, December 2022

    'Here's Looking at You Maillol', (, Maillol- A Different View, Kunsthaus Zurich, May 2022

    'Women in the Picture: Women, Art and the Power of Looking', Icon Books and WW.Norton, May/ November 2021

    'The Art of Looking Up', White Lion, 2019.

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