An Illustrated Lecture by Jennifer Scanlon
Associate Dean for Faculty and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College.
“The Space Between: Rediscovering the Folly Cove Designers,” written by Scanlon and published in the June 2015 issue of the Massachusetts Review, serves as the catalyst for this lecture on the role of the Folly Cove Designers group (active 1938–1969) as a forerunner of women’s groups and professional organizations that fueled feminist social change in the following decades.
Led and trained by children’s book illustrator and author Virginia Lee Burton, the Folly Cove Designers were a close-knit group whose shared interests in draftsmanship, pattern and New England material culture united them across class and ethnic backgrounds. The artistic and commercial success they achieved with their printed textiles energized and legitimized the group, both as a (primarily) women’s collective and as an artist’s cooperative.
Christine Lundberg, producer of the award-winning film Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place, will introduce Scanlon. This program is $10 for CAM members / $15 for non-members (includes admission). Space is limited; reservations are required.