About the Author

Alan Cohen is an adjunct associate professor of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as a visiting professor at DePaul University. His work is held in more than fifty public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Sander L. Gilman is a distinguished professor of the liberal arts and medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago and the director of the Humanities Laboratory. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of more than sixty books. His most recent monograph, Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Aesthetic Surgery, appeared in 1999.

Jonathan Bordo teaches aesthetic theory and philosophy in the Cultural Studies Program at Trent University, Canada. His recent essays include "Picture and Witness at the Site of the Wilderness" in Critical Inquiry (winter 2000). Bordo is completing a monograph titled The Landscape without a Witness and a collection of writing in aesthetic theory and the visual arts.

Roberta Smith is an art critic for The New York Times.