• Henley DFAS

Why Paris? 1900-1947

Tuesday 20th April 2022 Online at 10.30am
Mary Alexander

Following her immensely popular New York presentation, Mary Alexander returns with another entertaining and stimulating day ‘exploring how and why the city of Paris has acted as both a magnet and a cauldron of talent for aspiring artists and designers during he first half of the 20th century. 

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Looking beyond the mainstream, Mary shows how creative individuals shaping the concept of modernity in art, design, interiors, fashion and photography shed light on changing social and cultural issues. Comparisons between the international Paris exhibitions of the period shed light on changing social and cultural issues. Her innovative digital imagery offers “a stroll along the new boulevards, calling into a cafe, nightclub, gallery, or a visit to the Opéra” accompanied by the “voices” of the time to recreate the sense of being there. Mary will bring her personal vintage postcard collection, fashion plates, advertisements and historic exhibition catalogues for your enjoyment.

Outside the Vaudeville Theatre, Paris, by Jean-Georges Beraud 1889 

Mary has thirty years' experience as a lecturer, with a BA in History and History of Art and an MA with distinction in History of Art from University College London. Her experience includes public lectures in museums, tutoring for the Open University, visiting lecturer at Christie's Education in London, museum curator at Platt Hall and the Gallery of Costume, Manchester. She is now a freelance lecturer to various arts, heritage and antiquarian societies. She also worked in Pentagram design consultancy in London and New York, organising conferences and special events. Author of various articles on design and visual awareness issues, her background combines an unusual blend of academic and visual communications skills. She has lectured for ADFAS Australia and New Zealand in 2011, 2013 and 2016. Mary is an enthusiastic member and President of The Arts Society Glaven Valley.