ART & COUTURE: A CONTEMPORARY CENTENNIAL
ART & COUTURE:
A CONTEMPORARY CENTENNIAL
Celebrating the Suffrage Movement and 100 Years of Women's Rights
Featuring artist Shawn Baron Pinckney
Saturday, April 25, 2020
7 - 10 PM
This major fundraising event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment assuring Women's Right to Vote, the suffragists who made it happen, and contemporary women of influence who are our “Modern Day Suffragists." Our mission is to showcase the powerful role art plays in celebrating the strides that have been made over the last century, and recognize the individuals and organizations that are carrying the torch today. Sparked by the milestone of Women's Right to Vote, the 1920s was a groundbreaking decade for women in business, women's health, reproductive rights, sports, aviation, the list goes on. This event will capture that adventurous and rebellious spirit with a VIP Speakeasy, jazz and big band music, and will highlight contemporary female artists.
Art & Couture: A Contemporary Centennial will feature an interactive fashion experience designed by artist Shawn Baron Pinckney consisting of four 1920s inspired fashion scenes with the grand finale of looks modeled by our Modern Day Suffragist honorees. Pinckney's artwork explores the sacred ritual of dress and its cultural significance. Utilizing fashion, history, and literature as a foundation, Pinckney elicits a new dialogue about societal norms with the objective of opening the viewer’s mind to a broader reality of humanity.
Pinckney’s designs will celebrate the women of strength, conviction, and character who broke down the walls of gender inequality and simultaneously birthed a new foundation of government, all while mothering a nation and nurturing those who opposed them. Carrying signs while impeccably dressed in white, adorned with a brooch and purple, gold and white sash, they transformed city blocks into elegant and refined spaces. Wearing their solidarity, a sea of white, purple, and gold marched on with the rallying cry, "Votes for Women." Pinckney represents the spirit of the suffragist with historical silhouettes and turning picket signs into wearable pieces of art that will inspire the modern day suffragette to transform any space she occupies.
Modern Day Suffragist Honorees
We are beyond excited to announce our Modern Day Suffragists who will be model honorees at this event for their extraordinary accomplishments in government, business, social reform, and community engagement:
Ashley Biden, former Executive Director for the Delaware Center for Justice and founder of the philanthropic Livelihood brand.
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, represents Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves as an Assistant Whip for House Leadership. Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long, sworn in as Delaware’s 26th Lt. Governor on January 17th, 2017. In her first two years as Lt. Governor, Bethany has been tasked by Governor Carney to lead the state’s efforts to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic as Chair of the Behavioral Health Consortium. Recently, her office launched a statewide program, the Lt. Governor’s Challenge 2.0, in an effort to improve health outcomes in her efforts at ensuring a stronger, healthier Delaware.
Susan Kelliher, Senior Vice President, People and Health Services at Chemours who influences a positive business culture for the women of today with an approach to cultivating potential in individuals as a key to success for all.
Senator S. Elizabeth Lockman, State Senate District 3 and longstanding advocate for education reform and rebuilding communities.
Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and the author of Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality.
Carol Arnott-Robbins, founder of NEWS4Women whose passion to support other women through social and professional connections grew from her experience as a woman business owner, a social activist, and from a sincere desire to help other women.
In addition to this unique fashion experience, Art & Couture: A Contemporary Centennial features a silent art auction of the exhibition:
On view February 7 - April 25, 2020, this art auction preview exhibition showcases contemporary female photographers whose work centers on the themes of illusion, perception, and perspective against the backdrop of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. These works celebrate the strength, conviction, and advancements made by women to address gender parity and the powerful role art plays in producing multiple layers of dialogue. LEARN MORE
VIP Tables: $1200 - SOLD OUT
VIP tables seat eight guests, include access to the VIP Speakeasy throughout the evening, and provide premium, first-look seating for the fashion show.
VIP Tickets: $125 - SOLD OUT
VIP tickets include access to the Speakeasy throughout the evening and runway row seating during the fashion show in the Carole Bieber & Marc Ham Gallery. Seats will be assigned in the order they were purchased.
General Admission Tickets Presale: $75, ENDS April 11th
Regular Price: $85, tickets will be $95 at the door
General admission guests will be able to view the fashion show from high tops throughout the galleries. All tickets include dinner and open bar.
PURCHASE TICKETS: https://www.decontemporary.org/art-couture