Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising Lectures and Programs
Join us for this intriguing array of textile topics!
Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, 216 E. Lake St.
Lectures and Programs Free and Open to the Public (unless otherwise noted)
Our Spring 2020 programs highlight the wide-range of the Avenir’s current exhibitions, as well as guest presenters on unique subjects. Join us for these free, public lectures on an intriguing array of textile topics!
Fashioning Women’s Rights: Suffragists’ Political Style and its Visual Legacies | Thursday, March 12, 2020 | Avenir Classroom 7 p.m. | FREE
Dr. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox teaches courses in American culture and history, fashion, consumer culture and politics, and women’s and gender studies at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Along with the Avenir Museum’s exhibit R.E.S.P.E.C.T. the Dress: Clothing and Activism in U.S. Women’s History, she will discuss women’s uses of fashion as a means of negotiating new freedoms and of expressing modern political and gender identities, and how questions of beauty and appearance were an important part of feminist struggles and ideology during the twentieth century.
We Will Not Be Denied | Thursday, April 23, 2020 | Avenir Classroom 7 p.m. | FREE
How a woman of 1920 dressed was very different from how a woman of 1900 dressed, and hemlines weren’t the only things that were contentious. Not only were women fighting about whether bustles were in or out, but they were also fighting for the right to vote. Suffragists used clothing strategically to make statements about their radical message, and prominent Denver socialite and philanthropist Margaret “Molly” Brown (1867-1932) was one of them. Join us for a fascinating guest presentation by staff from The Molly Brown House Museum on the local Colorado suffrage movement and Margaret’s involvement in the national movement at the turn of the 20th century, as seen through the evolution of women’s apparel 1900-1920.