No, not another London bridge crossing the Pond, far more exciting!
The following information has been ( rather belatedly) received from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Hopefully FCI/FANA members will be there in their hordes and can report back to us.
As part of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museumâ€™s Enid and Lester Morse Historic Design Lecture Series, we are excited to welcome Jacob Moss, distinguished curator at Londonâ€™s Fan Museum, on April 20 to discuss the evolution of over 200 years of hand-painted fans.
Mr. Moss will explore these once essential aristocratic fashion items from Cooper Hewitt and The Fan Museumâ€™s collections, offering a wide survey of European fan design and decoration. This would be an excellent opportunity for the community of Fan Circle International to engage with other art and design history enthusiasts and expand the network. Please see detailed listing information below and let me know if you have any questions. We are pleased to offer your audience a 50% discount code: PaintedPleats2016
Painted Pleats: A History of European Fan Painting
Wed., April 20, 6:30â€“8 p.m. (reception 7:30 p.m.)
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (2 E. 91st Street, NYC)
$30 general admission, $25 members and students
Jacob Moss, curator of Londonâ€™s Fan Museum, traces the evolution of over 200 years of fan painting, using examples from Cooper Hewitt and Fan Museum collections. In 17th-century Europe, the art of fan painting rose from a lesser branch of the decorative arts to become a specialized craft controlled by various guilds in France, England, and other European nations. Although new technologies, such as machine stamping and printing, permitted a broader market for printed fans for the middle classes, the hand-painted fan remained an essential fashion item for the aristocracy. This resulted in an ever-increasing rise in status of the painters; the point that, by the latter half of the nineteenth century, major artists used fans as canvases and signed their work while creating these luxe objects.