If you haven’t visited the Beaty Biodiveristy Museum lately, there is no better time than now to see INVOKING VENUS, Feathers and Fashion, an exhibition of photo-based images by Catherine Stewart and accessories from the clothing collections of Claus Jahnke and Ivan Sayers. Using bird specimens from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver-based Stewart explores the role colour, patterning and adornment play in courtship and attraction.

Interested in more in depth insights? Join the artists as we explore various fascinating topics related to this exhibition.

Notes: All talks are included with museum admission or membership. Please click on the titles below to reserve a seat. Space is limited.

ANIMAL MAGNETISM, Attraction through Fashion

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Ivan Sayers

Ivan Sayers explores the role fashion plays in attraction.


Sunday, March 10, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Catherine Stewart

Catherine Stewart talks about her current exhibition at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Invoking Venus, and how the museum and working with collections have informed her work.

FAUNA IN FASHION, the Exploitation of Animals for Beauty

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Ivan Sayers

Ivan Sayers examines the exploitation of animals for beauty in the fashion industry.

HATCHED, MATCHED AND DISPATCHED, the Clothing Rituals of Birth, Marriage and Death

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Ivan Sayers

Ivan Sayers talks about the clothing rituals associated with birth, marriage and death.

Special thanks to our Sponsors: Gold: ABC Photo  |  Silver: Society for the Museum of Original Costume & Salmon’s Rentals Ltd.  |  Bronze: Emelle’s Catering

For more information on INVOKING VENUS, Feathers and Fashion and artist biographies, click here.

Photo credit: Red Crossbill and Green Afternoon Dress, by Catherine Stewart.