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NY | The Aesthetics of Femininity through the Ages at The Winter Show

January 27, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Image: Max Colby. Cadmium Wilt. Crystal and plastic beads, sequins, found fabric, trim, fabric flowers, polyester batting, thread. 12 x 12 x 16”. 2018.

This event is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP. 

ArtTable, in collaboration with the Winter Show, invites guests to investigate the aesthetics of femininity throughout the ages in antiques, fine and decorative arts. Touching on examples included in this year’s show, we’ll be engaging dealers, scholars, writers and experts in a lively panel to explore expressions and appearances of femininity. How has the feminine been employed by makers and designers of the past? We’ll be breaking down cliches and contemplating how feminine aesthetics reflect periodical trends and power structures. This conversation will be moderated by Elissa Auther, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and the William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design.

Elissa Auther is the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). Previously, she was the Windgate Research Curator at MAD and Visiting Associate Professor at the Bard Graduate Center, where her teaching focused on the intersection of craft and contemporary art. She has published widely on a diverse set of topics, including the history of modernism and its relationship to craft and the decorative, the material culture of the American counterculture, and feminist art. Her monograph, String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art (University of Minnesota Press), focuses on the broad utilization of fiber in art of the 1960s and 1970s and the changing hierarchical relationship between art and craft expressed by the medium’s new visibility. Auther is also an accomplished curator. Her exhibitions include West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965–1977, Pretty/Dirty, the retrospective exhibition of the painter and photographer Marilyn Minter, and Improvisational Gestures, a survey exhibition of the sculptor and performance artist Senga Nengudi. Her most recent exhibitions for the Museum of Arts and Design include Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro and Vera Paints a Scarf: The Art and Design of Vera Neumann. A feminist public intellectual, Auther founded and co-directed for ten years the program “Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics,” which focused on issues of women and gender through the lens of creative practice.


Max Colby, artist

Through lush, detailed work in embroidery and textiles, Max Colby reframes traditional notions of domesticity, power, and gender through a queer and non-binary lens. Colby has exhibited internationally including Jane Lombard Gallery, Wave Hill, and Museum Rijswijk. Colby’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, NBC Out, Gay City News, and The Evergreen Review, among others. They were recently an artist in residence at the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan, The Wassaic Project, MASS MoCA and a Leslie-Lohman Museum Queer Artists’ Fellow. Born in West Palm Beach, Colby received their BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. They live and work in Brooklyn. 

Elizabeth Feld, Managing Director; Director, Furniture & Decorative Arts, Director, American Decorative Arts, Hirschl & Adler

Elizabeth has just celebrated her 20th anniversary at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, where she serves as Managing Director as well as Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts. Since 1999, she has curated six furniture and decorative arts exhibitions for the gallery, all with extensive accompanying catalogues, as well as five exhibitions of the work of contemporary artist MacArthur grant recipient Elizabeth Turk, one of the gallery’s represented living artists.

Elizabeth served as the Chairman of the Winter Antiques Show Dealers’ Committee for six years and is a regular lecturer on the subjects of furniture, decorative arts, and the art market in general.

Gabriella Picone, Director of Communications, R&Company, and founder of Idda Studio

Gabriella Picone is a New York-based artist working in painting, textiles, and ceramics. She is currently the Director of Communications at R & Company, the renowned design gallery based in New York City. She plays an integral role in the conception and promotion of numerous exhibitions, international fairs, and projects for the contemporary and historical artists represented by the gallery, all bridging fine art and collectable design. Prior to her current role, she worked at leading New York creative agency Black Frame developing branding and marketing strategies for a range of art, design and fashion clients including Lindsey Adelman, MoMA PS1, Jean Nouvel, David Kordansky Gallery, Nike, and RxArt. She has also worked with Frieze Art Fair and was part of the inaugural team to launch the first Frieze Art Fair in New York. She continually maintains her own studio practice as a painter and is the founder of idda studio, an emerging design studio that specializes in fabric artworks for women that are both wearable and sculptural. 


January 27, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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ArtTable New York
212 343 1735 Ext. 13


The Winter Show
Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street
New York, United States
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