12/11/2017 Claire R. Collison

Furnishing Beauty: Vanities of the Dressing Table

Apr 10 – 26

Furnishing Beauty: Vanities of the Dressing Table
Objects and images from the permanent collection
Curated by Emily Stein ’18

NISSLEY GALLERY


In this exhibition about the history and function of the dressing table, Emily Stein, Franklin & Marshall College student (Art History, 2018) explores “the vanity” as both an object and a
center of elaborate feminine social practices. On display from the Phillips Museum’s permanent
collection will be objects depicting the motif of vanity. These objects—beautiful and
functional—address the social history of women across cultures. F&M Professor of Art & Art
History Linda Aleci served as faculty adviser for Furnishing Beauty.


Curator’s talk, by Emily Stein ’18, Apr 20, 4 p.m. Nissley Gallery

 

  • Image Credit: Fairing, trinket box, or inkwell (Germany), Porcelain, enamel and gilding, 1860-1900
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