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Lectures and Talks

Fashion is a Show

Explore the role that fashion plays in our lives as a system that has been built through the centuries from the Renaissance, and allows each person to construct their identity. This lecture will retrace a century of the history of fashion from its aristocratic origins, ending with the spectacle of today's fashion, omnipresent in the streets of cities and on social networks.  

Originally, fashion was used by kings, queens, and courtiers as a symbolic affirmation of their power. By the 19th century, fashion became more democratic as couturiers took over the staging of fashion. Fashion was shown in pictures in magazines, or in the first fashion shows, which people flocked to in order to admire the outfits of the women dressed by the fashionable couturiers. Fashion was even exhibited as art during the first Worlds Fairs. Just as a costume is essential for an actor to embody his character on stage, so fashion offers clothes that allow everyone to play their role in society.

From Paris to Hollywood: the Fashion and Influences of VĂ©ronique and Gregory Peck






Insight: Conserving Contemporary Art

Pantyhose, digital files, and polyvinyl, oh my! What goes into conserving contemporary art materials at the DAM? With conservator Kate Moomaw-Taylor, gain insight into the creative challenges that come into play in preserving the work of Senga Nengudi, John DeAndrea s iconic Linda, and other artworks from the collection. Discover the strategies and underlying philosophies conservators employ to address new and unusual materials and collaborate with living artists in this dynamic area of museum practice.

The Color of Dust: Land Rehabilitation and the Art of the Chang'an School

In the 1950s, the Loess Plateau in northwestern China came into focus as the target of the communist government's efforts to mitigate desertification and the subject of a politically infused artistic revival. An elite group of ink painters, known as the Chang an School, gained national fame for depicting the plateau s distinctive landscape and cultural traditions.

This lecture will examine the factors that gave rise to the Chang an School within the context of Maoist China's interconnected political, economic, environmental, and cultural policies, and argues that the artistic depiction of the Loess Plateau was a manifold statement of nationhood that not only valorized China's indigenous heritage, unspoiled by foreign influence, but also reinforced governmental efforts to rehabilitate the region out of economic necessity.

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