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Up Cloche: Fashion, Feminism, Modernity

Rejecting tradition and embracing more body-conscious styles, the young American “flapper” wore her newly won freedom to vote, earn, and learn on her body: short dresses and clear stockings, bobbed hair, and a head-hugging cloche. The cloche – a bell-shaped hat considered “clever” and “smart” – framed the face with fashionable Art Deco panache. Explore how American women of the 1920s and ’30s used consumer goods to become modern.


Closing Reception
Friday, December 2, 7 – 9pm
MSU Museum

Curator Led Exhibition Tours
Saturdays: September 10 and October 22, 2016, 2:30 pm

Talk with Art History Professor Laura E. Smith

“Beaded Buckskins and Bad-Girl Bobs: Kiowa Female Modernity, Industry, and Activism in Horace Poolaw’s Portraits”
Talk by Laura E. Smith, Assistant Professor in Art History & Visual Culture and MSU Museum Adjunct Curator
Monday, September 12 @ 7 p.m.
MSU Museum Auditorium

Adjunct curator and Art History Professor Laura E. Smith will talk about her new book, “Horance Poolaw, Photographer of American Indian Modernity.”

Supported in part by the MSU Federal Credit Union, MSU Department of English, and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at MSU

Heritage Gallery

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As MSU continues to evaluate the safety of our campus and community in response to COVID-19, we have made the decision to close the MSU Museum. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, we have not determined a reopening date. We will continue to communicate updates as they become available. During this time, we will do everything we can to stay engaged with you virtually. Access virtual learning and activity resources