Pink Symposium: Tanya Melendez-Escalante “Mexican Rose”

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Pink Symposium: Tanya Melendez-Escalante “Mexican Rose”


The Museum at FIT presented Pink, its twentieth academic symposium. This symposium explored the significance of the color pink in fashion, art, and culture. Pink provokes exceptionally strong feelings of both attraction and repulsion, yet it is increasingly being regarded as cool and androgynous, powerful and political. Topics included the significance of pink clothing in western and non-western cultures (including India, Africa, Mexico, and Japan), the role of pink in eighteenth-century portraiture, associations of pink with politics, gender, and sexuality, and the use of pink in cinema.
Tanya Melendez-Escalante is senior curator of education and public programs of MFIT. She has organized more than 90 programs for a diversity of audiences. A Fulbright scholar from 2002 to 2004, she is a contributing author to the books La comedia y el melodrama en el audiovisual iberoamericano contemporáneo and Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color.


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