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Globally Connected @ FIT: The Joy of Modern Life: Things to Avoid During the Pandemic

October 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Edouard Manet, Masked Ball at the Opera, 1873, via National Gallery of Art
Did Parisians maintain 6-feet social distance?   Edouard Manet, Masked Ball at the Opera, 1873, via National Gallery of Art

In a beautifully illustrated talk for the Globally Connected @ FIT virtual series, Dr. Kyunghee Pyun, associate professor, History of Art discusses joyous spectacles of modern life such as the night life, emergence of restaurants and cafes, strolls in department stores, and musical performances in theaters at the turn of the 20th century in New York City and in other large cities. Ironically, we have learned that these are the same types of activities we should avoid and curtail during the current pandemic. In this talk, we will appreciate a cosmopolitan lifestyle with reflections on public health and technology.

Associate Professor Kyunghee Pyun’s scholarship focuses on history of collecting, reception of Asian art, diaspora of Asian artists, and Asian American visual culture. She served as a Leon Levy fellow in the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Collection. She is an editor of Fashion, Identity, Power in Modern Asia, a publication that surveys modernized dresses in the early 20th century. Pyun is currently working on a new book which focuses on school uniforms in East Asia.

About Globally Connected @ FIT

This is a series of 45-minute virtual discussions, talks, and presentations for the FIT community led by students, faculty, and alumni to advance global education at FIT in our new world without mobility. The major themes will be fashion, art, sustainability, racial equity, and life during the pandemic around the world. Hosted by the Office of International Programs and the Cultural Fellows, and the History of Art Department; co-organized by Helen Gaudette and Alexander Nagel.

This virtual event is for the FIT community only; REGISTER HERE


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