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when: may 2, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm est
where: Sotheby's institute of art - new york, 570 lexington ave, 6th floor, new york, ny 10022

Sotheby’s Institute of Art is pleased to host the Victorian Society New York’s Emerging Scholars Evening, where emerging historians will shed light on little-appreciated aspects of 19th-century culture. The evening will include three 15-minute talks followed by a reception. Christine Garnier will explore symbolism hidden in a mining tycoon's Tiffany silver dinnerware; Ayaka Sano will examine surprising connections between men's detachable shirt collars and anti-Chinese bigotry; and Elizabeth Muir will reveal her finds about New York brothel furniture.

Christine Garnier is earning her PhD in Art History at Harvard University. Her dissertation, "Amalgamating the West During the American Silver Age," focuses on how silver became a surface for indigenous and settler populations to explore questions of class, identity, and ecology during the peak of 19th-century mining.

Elizabeth Muir, who recently earned her Master's degree in Decorative Arts and Design History at Parsons/The New School, serves as an Associate Specialist at Sotheby’s in the 20th Century Design Department.

Ayaka Sano is a Master’s degree candidate in Costume Studies at New York University. Her research focuses on the intersections between Western and non-Western cultures in the history of fashion and textiles.

*Please note that this event will be closed promptly at 6:00 PM due to building security.