May 20th 2022

Panelists: Scarlett Reliquet, art historian, Director of Cultural Programs at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris (attending live via Zoom)
Nick Lowe, Professor of Historic Preservation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Gillion Carrara, Professor Adjunct, fashion, dress + art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago‐based artist Sandra Binion presents the beauty of something ripped, a series of fourteen photographs celebrating the unintentional beauty arising from the scars of time‐worn fabrics the artist has encountered by chance in museums, churches, palazzos and châteaux over several years. Sites include the Louvre Museum, Archives National in Paris, Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Ca’ Rezzonico in Venice, and the Cathedral Saint‐Lazare in Autun, France. Bearing the traces of those who’ve touched, sat on, or kneeled on them—perhaps without a second thought or perhaps with profound fervor—these textiles map lifetimes and mysteries. Many of them also point to the ambiguities of display and patrimony, being tattered and ignored furnishings in otherwise opulent environs.

Sandra Binion is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago who makes visual art works, video installations, and live performances. During a forty‐year career of uninterrupted artistic activity, she has presented performances, exhibitions and screenings in numerous venues in the US and Europe.

Scarlett Reliquet is an art historian specializing in the study of transatlantic artistic exchanges in the twentieth century. Since 2007, she has been in charge of cultural and scientific programming at the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie.

Nicholas Lowe is known for his curatorial and creative projects which have run in parallel throughout his career. Originally from the UK, Lowe joined the faculty at SAIC in 2003. He teaches in the Department of Historic Preservation, offering courses in curatorial practices, archival management, and interdisciplinary-studio arts.

Gillion Carrara is a Chicago-based metalsmith and academic whose creative process is fueled by her interest in exploring the relationship between materials, function and fabrication. She is the founding director of the School of the Art Institute Fashion Resource Center and is a member of the faculty.

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