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Curator's Choice: Art + Design

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Registration is requested
Members $25 and Non-members $35

Art + Design

with Heidi Pribell and Theo Tyson

Art + Design is part of a trio of events for ‘Curator’s Choice’ hosted by the Boston Athenæum’s Polly Thayer Starr Fellow in American Art & Culture Theo Tyson and Assistant Curator Ginny Badget.

An evening to celebrate the historical and contemporary intersections of fashion, art, and design, Tyson will begin by unpacking the subtle, yet salient feminism and sartorial commentary embedded in one of Polly Thayer Starr’s most popular and painterly portraits, Shopping for Furs, and share fashion plates from our special collections. She will then be joined by longtime Boston Athenæum member and interior designer, Heidi Pribell for a candid conversation on how fashion and art influence her practice.

Art + Design will be followed by a reception of tea, toddies, treats and a photo opp.

Heidi Pribell has placed fine and decorative art in distinguished museums and collections across the country including The Los Angeles County Museum – at the behest of actor and collector Steve Martin, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Peabody Essex Museum, and The Rhode Island School of Design Museum. She continues to acquire exceptional pieces, many of which can be found in clients’ homes. Pribell was educated at Harvard College, attended The New York School of Interior Design, worked independently as an antiques and fine art dealer, and has approached interior design, staging of properties, teaching and speaking engagements with the inquisitive spirit, heart and joy which began with her early interest in interiors, objects and their history.

Theo Tyson interrogates the sociocultural aspects of race, gender, and sexuality through the lens of fashion, its histories and theories. Her research is firmly rooted in historical and contemporary photography and the performativity of fashioning an identity. She uses fashion, art, and sociology to employ visual and material culture as an accessible, universal language to offer sartorial narratives that provide unique points of entry for civil discourse. Tyson, who has held posts at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, is currently the Polly Thayer Starr Fellow in American Art and Culture at the Boston Athenæum where she engages and interprets their special collections through innovative and inclusive exhibitions and presentations.  

This event is part of ​our three-part series, "Curator's Choice." Join an Athenæum curator for a casual conversation about their current projects and the special collections items that inspire them, spark their curiousity, and generate discussion.

Revere's Engraving of the Boston Massacre
with assistant curator Ginny Badget
 ​12-1​pm ​on March 5, 2020

Sartorial Suffrage
with Polly Thayer Starr Fellow Theo Tyson and fashion historians Kimberly Alexander and Sara Georgini
12-1 pm ​on March 6, 2020


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