Gallery Talk: Corsets and the Evolution of the Female Silhouette

Women’s History Month Event at the McKendree Gallery of Art

Lebanon, Ill. — “The Evolution of the Western Female Silhouette: aka The Corset Talk,” will be presented at the McKendree Gallery of Art on Monday, March 4, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery is located at 224 West St. Louis St. in Lebanon, Ill.

The interactive presentation by Susan Handler addresses 500 years of women’s history as seen through the manipulation and control of their bodies. Audience members will be invited to participate in hands-on demonstrations of historical undergarment reproductions.

Handler uses the arts to educate, investigate and communicate social cultural, gender topics, government policies, and humanitarian and environmental issues. An interdisciplinary thinker with a background in art history and costumes, she was on the costuming staff for the Boston Ballet’s recent production of “The Nutcracker Suite.”Her feminism foundation led to the development of “The Corset Lecture,” which she has presented at The Art Institute of New York City and colleges throughout the country.