Talks | The Colourful History of the Stripe | NGV International

Chapan/khalat (coat)
(late 19th century-mid 20th century), Uzbek, yellow and purple striped silk, cotton, dyes, braid, printed Russian cotton,
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, NGV Asian Art Acquisition Fund with the assistance of Graham and Vivien Knowles, Charles Good AC and Cornelia Goode, 2013

In the Middle Ages the stripe was a religious symbol; during the French and American revolutions it represented freedom; and in the twentieth century a cast of abstract artists reduced their work to stripes. Delve deeper into the social, cultural and historical significance of the stripe, as well as its fascinating relationship to art, architecture and fashion in this series of insightful talks.

Time: 1pm on Saturdays - see dates below.

Venue Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International

Cost $20 Adult / $16 Members / $18 Concession / $10 Student

Sat 25 October | The tiger that changed its stripes-The stripe in religion and history

Dr Matthew Martin, Curator of International Art, NGV, shares the important history of the simple stripe in European culture. From depictions of clowns, prostitutes and heretics – even the Devil himself –wearing stripes in the Middle Ages, to the cool order of Neoclassicism, the rationality of the Enlightenment and the freedom and social transformation envisaged by American and French revolutionaries.

Sat 1 November | The stripe in fashion and dress

Dr Sean Ryan, Senior Lecturer, Fashion and Textiles, RMIT University looks at the rich and sometimes surprising role of the stripe in clothing and dress. Learn how designers past and present, from Coco Chanel to Jean Paul Gaultier, have incorporated the stripe into their work, reflecting and shaping shifts in culture, art, and style.

Sat 8 November | The modernist stripe in art and architecture

Dr Anthony White, Senior Lecturer in the School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne examines the history of the stripe in modernism, by artists including Henri Matisse Daniel Buren, Piet Mondrian, Barnett Newman, and Olga Rozanova, and major architectural statements such as New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.