This case study examines “THIN” - an exhibition of photography by artist, Lauren Greenfield - at two university art museums from 2009-2011. “THIN” documents the lives of female patients at an eating disorder recovery facility and, through the exhibit’s portrayal of these women and their struggles, it deals with issues of gender and systems of power that contribute to and encourage eating disorders. Through visitor’s writings about the exhibit, observations at museum sites, and feminist-informed theory, I examine how “THIN” and museum educators challenge visitors to think about oppression, power dynamics, and privilege through the exhibition and education. In conclusion, I provide examples of how museum educators might create programming that would compliment the exhibition, encourage the examination of the dominant ideologies regarding eating disorders, and further education around the social issue of eating disorders.
|Keywords:||Museum Education, Feminist-Informed Research, Eating Disorders|
Assistant Professor; Director of Art Museum Education Certificate, The Department of Art Education and Art History, The University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA
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