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"The Quixotic and the Exotic: Cultural Hybridity in Textile Design in the 18th Century," a lecture by J. Leia Lima Baum

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One of the most remarkable characteristics of Yinka Shonibare MBE's artwork is his vivid use of bright and distinctive fabrics. These prints, based on the Dutch wax fabrics produced in Indonesia, and subsequently England, for the West African market, are graphed onto traditional 18th- and 19th-century Western dress. By dressing historical silhouettes in imaginative fabrics, Shonibare presents a powerful metaphor for the "cultural hybridity" of what's taken to be traditional "Western" style. In "The Quixotic and the Exotic: Cultural Hybridity in Textile Design in the 18th Century," designer and fashion historian J. Leia Lima Baum will take a similarly critical look at 18th-century dress, examining the origins of their designs, the relation between commerce and aesthetics, and fashion's impact on politics. The lecture will be followed by a curator-led tour of the Colonial Arrangements exhibition. Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for members.  Advanced registration required, click here to register.


Earlier Event: May 28
Yoga at the Mansion
Later Event: June 11
Museum Nights

Morris-Jumel Mansion is a proud member of the Historic House Trust of New York City and partner of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

Events are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with City Council and Borough President, Gale Brewer and Councilman, Ydanis Rodriguez. 

65 Jumel Terrace, New York, New York, 10032

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