Fashion and the Museum: The Confluence of Clothing & Fine Art

Fashion and the Museum: The Confluence of Clothing & Fine Art

With Gloria Groom from the Art Institute of Chicago; in conversation with Alexander Aubry, SAIC Fashion Resource Center

Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m.
$10 members · $20 non-members · $40 V.I.P
Online via Zoom · In English

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6:00 p.m. (Chicago) and 7:00 p.m. (New York)


When the internationally acclaimed exhibition Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity opened at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, it had reached the end of a tour that included stops at Paris’ Musée d’Orsay and the MET in New York. It was also the culmination of a trans-Atlantic collaboration involving numerous cultural institutions, collectors, curators and scholars in the US and France. The groundbreaking exhibition was the first to explore the relationship between fashion and the fine arts, in particular that of the French impressionists such as Monet, Manet, Degas and Renoir. Gloria Groom, the exhibition’s curator, will reveal the behind-the-scenes efforts of putting this ambitious exhibition together as well as fashion’s place within the art museum.


An internationally acclaimed scholar and author on 19th Century French painting Gloria Groom is currently Chair of European Painting and Sculpture and the David and Mary Winton Green Curator at The Art Institute of Chicago.  A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, and a degree in museology from the Ecole du Louvre, Paris, Dr. Groom joined the Art Institute in 1985. Since then, she has been involved in major monographic exhibitions and catalogues including Gauguin, Odilon Redon, Caillebotte, Renoir, Manet, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, and thematic exhibitions such as Beyond the Easel: Decorative Paintings of Bonnard, Vuillard, Denis, and Roussel, the art dealer Ambroise Vollard (2008), Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity (2012-2013), Van Gogh’s Bedrooms (2016) and Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist (2017) and Manet and Modern Beauty, devoted to the little-known paintings, pastels, and watercolors of the artist’s last years -- and among five finalists for the Best Exhibition of the Year awarded by Apollo Magazine. 

Dr. Groom has also led the project for monographic on-line scholarly collection catalogues on the Impressionist collection (to date:  Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Caillebotte, Gauguin. Manet with Cezanne forthcoming) involving an international team of scholars, conservators and scientists. She has been named Chevalier des arts et des lettres and became an Officier in 2013.  In 2016 she was bestowed the title of Chevalier in the Légion d’honneur.

Her current exhibition projects include Monet and Chicago (September 5, 2020 -January 18, 2021),  the Art Institute, and a career-retrospective on Paul Cezanne in collaboration with Tate Modern, opening in May 2022.


Alex Aubry is the Director of The Fashion Resource Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He served as the Editor-at-Large for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia for 12 years and is a Chicago-based curator, educator and museum consultant. He has contributed to three books on museum development and collecting in the Arabian Gulf Region. In addition, he has written extensively on topics related to the arts, culture and design for publications such as Aramco World, Brownbook, System Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. Alex has lectured at Chicago’s Art Institute, the Arts Club of Chicago, the American Alliance of Museums annual conference, the Chicago History Museum and San Francisco’s de Young Museum, where he contributed to the catalogue for the exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions.


This series is curated by Alexander Aubry; Patrizia di Carrobio; and Aimee Laberge – in partnership with the Fashion Resource Center the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).



Free admission for this program is offered to students in Fashion Studies at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago; the Lycée français de Chicago; as well as students of French at Loyola University and DePaul University in Chicago; University of Wisconsin - Madison: Washington University in Saint-Louis; and Oberlin College. This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.


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