Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Howard Singerman

Second Advisor

Harper Montgomery

Academic Program Adviser

Antonella Pelizzari


This thesis examines key examples of video portraiture, a subgenre of 1970s video art in the United States. Through the examples three aesthetic categories are defined: mirroring, masquerade, and disrupting the male gaze. Video portrait works are framed by goals of the Women’s Liberation Movement and Second Wave Feminism.



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