21st Century Workshop Luncheon / with Caroline Evans discussing chapter 11 and chapter 12 from The Mechanical Smile.
In The Mechanical Smile Evans explores the connections between the first fashion shows and early cinema, arguing that they functioned (in the Benjaminian sense) as “new velocities”—forces that altered the rhythms of modern life. Using significant new archival evidence, Evans shows how so-called “mannequin parades” employed the visual language of modernism to translate business and management methods into visual seduction and argues for an expanded definition of modernism as both gestural and performative, drawing on literary and performance theory rather than art and design history. (Lunch will be provided).
Pre-circulated chapters available here: https://uchicago.box.com/v/evans
Location: Rosenwald 405, 1101 East 58th Street
Wednesday, May 11: 12 – 1:30 pm