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The Confining Image of Femininity

September 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In a discussion of themes addressed by Unsettling Femininity: Selections from the Frye Art Museum, exhibition curator Naomi Hume will explore how painters structured the viewer’s relationship to the depicted girls and women. Nineteenth-century European artists usually framed such encounters to reinforce socially accepted power dynamics between men and women. How do subtle painterly choices convey a glance, as opposed to a stare? How does a painter suggest that a woman accidentally, thrillingly, catches the viewer’s eye rather than steadily, brazenly gazing out at us? By focusing on different kinds of images—from narrative, to idealized or erotic figures, to formal portraits and depictions of celebrities—Hume will show how painters of the era signaled acceptable feminine behavior as distinguished from daring transgression. By attending to the confines of nineteenth-century femininity, what insight can we gain into the limits twenty-first-century images of women continue to impose?

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Naomi Hume is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Seattle University. She specializes in 19th- and early 20th-century European art and visual culture with a focus on Central and Eastern European art and representations of gender.

Tickets to this program are free of charge, and our seating capacity is limited. Free tickets, limit 2 per person, may be reserved in advance, up to two days before the program. The reserved tickets may be picked up on the day of the program at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium. There is no late seating, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program!

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On the day of the program, pre-registered and standby tickets will be available at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium.

Tickets for Members may be picked up beginning one hour before the program.
Pre-registered tickets for nonmembers may be picked up beginning 30 minutes before the program.
All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program.

[Image: Leopold Schmutzler. Woman in Costume, ca. 1910. Oil on canvas. 41 x 29 in. Founding Collection, Gift of Charles and Emma Frye, 1952.151.]

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