Avenir Lecture Series: Orange Out – May 3

The Avenir Thursday Evening Lecture Series highlights the wide-range of the Avenir’s current exhibitions, as well as guest presenters on unique subjects. Join us for this intriguing array of textile topics featured in the Spring 2018 lectures.

Eight mannequins stand in a cluster, all bedecked in orange from the last century.Orange Out

Join us Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m., for a lecture by Janina Alexander, a retired educator and Avenir Museum docent who had the idea to do the ORANGE exhibition. Alexander researched the specific apparel included in the exhibit, and she’ll be talking about how and why the Avenir Museum decided to include the specific pieces that were displayed.

Alexander will also give the extended backstories that couldn’t be included due to label space limitations, and she will show attendees the rack of orange apparel that did not make it into the exhibit while explaining why they were withheld.

After her lecture, Alexander will be available for questions from the audience and will invite anyone wearing orange attire, including Aggie orange, to share their apparel’s story. So wear your own favorite orange clothing – vintage, couture, team, or anything in-between – and join the Avenir Museum and Janina Alexander to hear why orange appeared in broad pendulum swings across 20th-century fashion.

Courtesy of Fort Collins’ Orangetheory Fitness, you also have a chance to win some free boutique workout passes to another place around town that’s got a whole lotta orange going on!

Lectures take place in the  Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, Classroom 157, 216 East Lake Street. All lectures are FREE and open to the public. The Avenir Museum galleries stay open from 5–7 p.m. on lecture evenings

The exhibit: ORANGE

Several mannequin heads wearing orange hats of various materials and shapes.The Avenir Museum’s current exhibition ORANGE: a short history of orange in fashion will be on display until July 17 of this year. The exhibit is a vivid encounter with a bold color that conveys vitality and happiness – but also caution and danger. Guests viewing the collection are invited to consider the complexity of orange, and why its connotations are so varied and recurring.

More information on the Avenir Museum website.

The Avenir Museum is part of the Department of Design and Merchandising in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.