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Femmes, design et identité








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Wednesday April 12, 2023 at 05:30 pm

In this lecture, researcher Marie-Ève Marchand will explore the question of identity through design objects. Using specific examples of pieces created by women designers, she will explain how identity can be expressed in objects and, likewise, how objects can inform the construction of identity.

This lecture is presented in connection with the exhibition Parall(elles): A History of Women in Design.

Marie-Ève Marchand, PhD


Major Benefactor: Terra Foundation for American Art
Public partners: Government of Quebec, Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts de Montréal

About the lecture
From conception to consumption, how does a design object inform the way we construct, express and, ultimately, understand our identity? This lecture examines certain connections between design and identity using the example of North American women designers from the late 19th century to today, particularly in the area of decor. We will discover how, through their practices, these designers not only successfully challenged the social norms of their day – notably around gender and the status of women – but also made a living out of it.

About the lecturer
Marie-Ève Marchand is an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at Concordia University. Her research focuses on the collecting and exhibiting practices of decorative arts in museums and home interiors throughout the 19th century. She is the co-author of Design and Agency: Critical Perspectives on Identities, Histories, and Practices (Bloomsbury, 2020) and Interior Design and the Senses (Manchester University Press, in press).

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