"The International New Woman in Photography and Film" Opens Sept. 16

UB conference considers the emergence of the modern woman in film, photography, art

Release Date: September 13, 2011

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"The International New Woman in Photography and Film" will look at the complexity of modern femininity, such as Louise Brooks as Lulu in "Pandora's Box."

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- She had many names -- flapper, suffragette, modern girl, vamp, new woman, "college girl" -- but whatever she was called, she emerged throughout the world in the late 19th century as a celebrated and terrifying icon of massive, thrilling social, political and personal change.

The public is invited to join scholars from a range of disciplines on Sept. 16 for "The International New Woman in Photography and Film," a University at Buffalo conference that will explore how the new construction of modern femininity drove and reflected change in virtually every realm and every medium, from architecture to the playing field.

The conference will take place in the Screening Room, 112 Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, beginning at 10 a.m. It is free and open to all, and will feature panel discussions illustrated by art, architecture, photography, film, fashion illustration, dance, music and other materials.

Details can be found at http://visualstudies.buffalo.edu/ubVSnews/2011/08/03/the-new-woman/.

Speakers included art historian Elizabeth Otto, assistant professor of visual studies at UB; architectural historian Despina Stratigakos, associate professor of architecture at UB; Kathleen Vernon of SUNY Stony Brook, an expert in Hispanic culture, gender and ethnicity issues; art historian Leesa Rittelmann of Fredonia State College, historian Kristine Harris of New Paltz State College and speakers from the University of Nevada, Reno; Wesleyan University, McKendree University and the Pratt Institute.

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