In her recent series of paintings, Nancy Mladenoff explores the careers of earlier generations of women who lived during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Through this interrogation of America’s gendered landscape, she exposes the significant absence of women in our collective visual culture. In areas such as war, science, sports, nature, and music, Mladenoff presents images of real women engaged in professions from which they were largely marginalized: a survey crew poses together with leveling instruments on tripods; a home-guard team stands at-the-ready with rifles in hand; a herpetologist examines a snake and two turtles. Although the artist offers an encouraging portrayal of self-possessed women, she paints in a faux-naïve style that hints at the anti-heroic. In cleverly juxtaposing style and content, Mladneoff calls attention to the omission of the heroic female in American history.