Swing Time: Serendipitous Conversations about the Rococo - Pink

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Swing Time: Serendipitous Conversations about the Rococo - Pink

Swing Time: Serendipitous Conversations about the Rococo - Pink

Date: Monday 8 November 2021
Times: 19.00–20.00 GMT
Location: Zoom Webinar

Speakers: Flora Yukhnovich and Dr Valerie Steele (Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology), with Dr Yuriko Jackall (Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of French Paintings, the Wallace Collection)

Event Description: Why is the colour pink so often associated with the frivolous, the dainty, and the overtly feminine? A plethora of images - of pink babies, pink flowers, pink fashion accessories - has cemented the gendering of pink in our collective imagination. Such is the case of Fragonard’s The Swing, which displays at its centre a young woman in a billowing pink dress.

In this conversation, Dr Yuriko Jackall, artist Flora Yukhnovich, and curator Dr Valerie Steele explore the widespread perception of the colour pink as particularly representative of femininity and the Rococo.

About the Speakers: Flora Yukhnovich is acclaimed for paintings in which she adopts the language of the Rococo, reimagining the dynamism of works by eighteenth-century artists such as Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Jean-Antoine Watteau through a filter of contemporary cultural references including film, food and consumerism. Yukhnovich completed her MA at the City & Guilds of London Art School in 2017. She has exhibited at Victoria Miro, where she is represented, GASK, the Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic, the Jerwood Gallery Hastings and at Leeds Arts University, UK. In 2021, she will have a solo exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Dr Valerie Steele is Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, where she has organized more than two dozen exhibitions since 1997, including The Corset: Fashioning the Body; Gothic: Dark Glamour; A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk; Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color; and Paris, Capital of Fashion. She is also the author or editor of more than 25 books, which have been translated into many languages. In addition, she is founder and editor-in-chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, the first scholarly journal in Fashion Studies. As author, curator, editor, and public intellectual, Steele has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies and in raising awareness of the cultural significance of fashion.

About the Series: Fragonard’s Les hasards heureux de l’escarpolette, known in English as The Swing, is a revered painting in the Wallace Collection and one of the most representative works of art of the entire French 18th century. To celebrate the gentle cleaning and restoration of this rococo icon, we have invited five art practitioners and five scholars to participate in a series of virtual conversations inspired by its key themes: Pink, Identity, Fashion, Play, and The Libertine.

Join our guests and Dr Yuriko Jackall, Head of Curatorial and Curator of French Paintings at the Wallace Collection, to discover the influence of rococo art, and The Swing in particular, on artistic production today.

Registration and Location: This discussion will be hosted online through Zoom Webinar. Sign up to the free Swing Time series below. For more information about Zoom, including instructions on how to download and use the system, please visit www.zoom.us/support.

Talk Recording: This talk will be recorded and will be made available on the Wallace Collection YouTube channel. 

Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
08/11/2021 19:00 20:00

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