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VIRTUAL EVENT: Curator's Choice: (Anti)SUFFRAGE

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Free and open to the public


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Virtual Event: Curator's Choice: (Anti)SUFFRAGE

with Theo Tyson

To close out our commemoration of PRIDE month, Polly Thayer Starr Fellow in American Art and Culture Theo Tyson will explore how Victorian ideas of womanhood --including sexuality and heteronormative, patriarchal standards--played a key role in opponents' arguments against suffrage. She will look at nineteenth-century photographs of renowned suffragists with their partners and anti-suffrage propaganda that touted engendered constructs; both ultimately contributing to redesigning women’s roles and responsibilities for generations and centuries to come. Tyson recently curated (Anti)SUFFRAGE at the Athenaeum that presented thirteen rare books, broadsides, paintings, photographs, and other items from the Boston Athenӕum’s special collections. (Anti)SUFFRAGE also presented the complexities of the struggle to secure and protect voting rights for women and people of color in the past and today. 
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 marry 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. @ms_theotyson
This event is part of ​our four-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.
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