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Art History Guest Lecture - "Fairies, Muses, and Saints"

October 21, 2020
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Fine Arts
short-haired woman smiling wearing a pink and yellow plaid shirt; bookshelves with books and photos in backgroundJoin the Department of Art & Design as they welcome guest lecturer Dr. Mary Slavkin, assistant professor of art history at Young Harris College in Georgia.  Dr. Slavkin will present Fairies, Muses, and Saints: Passive Sexuality and Social Reform at the Salons of the Rose + Croix.

The lecture will look at artists exhibiting at the Salons of the Rose + Croix, a late 19th century venue steeped in mysticism and symbolism, and how they sought to counter what they saw as modern degeneration and to produce social improvement with their art. To do this they promoted idealized female archetypes, including those characterized by passive sexuality and sexual charity. Although these large Salons were widely varied, one common practice was the exhibition of works depicting fairies, muses, and saints.

This presentation shows how these artists both worked to develop positive female archetypes and struggled with a variety of issues, including how to depict sexuality, the roles of specificity and stylization and the importance of female passivity.

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