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Fox Valley arts group looks at Roaring Twenties for March study

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  • Learn about "Images of the Roaring Twenties: Flappers, Fashion and Beyond," at the next meeting of the Fox Valley Community Associates. The decade is remembered for the newly liberated women of the 1920s, known as flappers, whose rebellious attitudes inspired fashions, like American silent screen star Louise Brooks, who popularized the bobbed haircut.

      Learn about "Images of the Roaring Twenties: Flappers, Fashion and Beyond," at the next meeting of the Fox Valley Community Associates. The decade is remembered for the newly liberated women of the 1920s, known as flappers, whose rebellious attitudes inspired fashions, like American silent screen star Louise Brooks, who popularized the bobbed haircut.
    Courtesy of Library of Congress' George Grantham Bain Collection

 
Submitted by Fox Valley Community Associates

The Fox Valley Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago presents its March study on Wednesday, March 12, at the Dunham Woods Riding Club, Army Trail Road and Dunham Road, Wayne.

The title of the study is "Images of the Roaring Twenties: Flappers, Fashion and Beyond," presented by art historian Jeff Mishur. This program focuses on one of the most exciting time periods in American history -- the 1920s.

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The decade is being remembered for scandalous fashions, revolutionary jazz music, and amazing new freedoms for women. This slide lecture concentrates on the newly liberated women of the 1920s, known as flappers, who rebellious attitudes inspired risqué, flashy fashions, unorthodox behavior and a demand for equality. The program also touches on the Art Deco design trends of the period and on painters from the Harlem Renaissance. Mishur is an art historian and co-owner of Art Excursions. He has guided tours of art, architecture and public sculpture in Chicago and in other cities throughout the United States.

The cost of the lecture for members is $20 and $35 for nonmembers. The cost for lecture and lunch is $40 and $55 for members or nonmembers, respectively.

Coffee will be served at 10 a.m., the lecture is at 10:30 and lunch at noon. The reservation deadline for the lecture is Wednesday, March 5. Call Sharon Dunham at (630) 232-6865.

Originally formed as the Wayne-Geneva Associates in 1958, the group changed its name to the Fox Valley Community Associates in 1965, reflecting a broad base of membership from several communities along the Fox River, especially the towns of St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia.

With a membership of more than 200, Fox Valley Community Associates works in close association with the Art Institute to provide comprehensive programs which promote an appreciation of the visual arts. Trips to the Art Institute, as well as to other regional cultural venues are highlights of the program year. Additionally, the group also supports local outreach programs in art education.

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