This course will consider how gender impacts the creation and study of arts and cultures and the influence assumptions made about gender, art, and cultures have within a western art history discourse. Topics approached will include: the representation of women in art, feminist art, queer art, gendered racism, indigeneity, masculinity and male aesthetics.  We will consider the socio-cultural factors that influence gender, theoretical approaches towards art and gender, and the way that western society defines art and artists in gendered terms.