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Panel: the beauty of something ripped

  • Wednesday June 1 at 3:00 p.m.

  • Free Admission • In English

  • On-Site • 54 W. Chicago Avenue

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Scarlett Reliquet, art historian, Director of Cultural Programs at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris Scarlett Reliquet will be joining us live from Paris 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

“For an artist, plunging into the weft of the ancient fabric through the focal length of the lens is about not only the vagaries of time but also the silence of those human beings who were the first to use this faded decor…. This natural wound inflicted on fabrics, sometimes sharply split, tells the story of our vulnerability, our finitude…. If there is any question of violence in Sandra Binion’s photography, it is the violence engendered by a gentle and natural death adorned in its most beautiful finery.”
- Scarlett Reliquet, excerpt from The Stuff of an Artist

A 32-page bilingual French-English book designed by Sam Silvio includes the photographs, the artist’s meditations on the subject, and an incisive essay by art historian Scarlett Reliquet, entitled The Stuff of an Artist.

This project is made possible through the generous support of D. Elizabeth Price and Lou Yecies, in association with Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago.

View more of Sandra Binion’s work at her website:

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