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French Modern Women Subject of Exhibition

April 1, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Susquehanna University's Lore Degenstein Gallery will host the exhibition, Le Salon des Arts Ménagers (The Household Arts Exhibition): Posters of the Modern French Home 1945-1982, beginning April 11. An opening discussion led by Assistant Professor of French Lynn Palermo and her students will be held in the Degenstein Campus Center Meeting Rooms at 7 p.m., followed by a reception in the Gallery. The exhibition runs through May 30.

This exhibition of posters drawn from the Lore Degenstein Gallery's permanent collection depicts the French government's ideal of the “modern home” of the 1950s and 1960s as a model of cleanliness and harmony. Despite a severe housing shortage at the time, colorful images were employed to promote appliances for “modern women” using science to enhance family life.

This bilingual English-French exhibition is a project of Susquehanna University students in French 460: Women in Postwar France.

The Lore Degenstein Gallery brings art exhibitions to the members of Susquehanna University and its surrounding communities through continued support from the Charles B. Degenstein endowment and Susquehanna University. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday and closed on university recesses. 

Contact: Gerald Cohen
570-372-4119

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