ART EVENT/BOOK: René
worked at the forefront of couture fashion for more than 60 years, creating
daring and exciting advertising images for top fashion houses and publications
including Dior, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Harpers
Bazzar and Vogue. With a broad
flowing brushstroke and blocks of seductive colour, Gruau masterfully captured
the energy, elegance and spirit of couture from the 1940s right up until his
death in 2004 at the age of 95. Primarily known for his colorful and vivacious
portrayals of women, Gruau revolutionized the concept of masculinity in fashion
imagery and advertising from the 1950s to the ’80s, depicting the modern
casual, confident man with humor and sex appeal—including images of partial
male nudity that were considered shocking at the time. Sylvie
Nissen, the exclusive agent of Gruau’s work and co-author of Gruau:
Portraits of Men (Assouline, $75) joins us this evening to remember the
man and his impact on fashion history.
Renowned social justice advocate John A.
Powell argues that we have not achieved a post-racial society and that
there is much work to do to redeem the American promise of inclusive democracy.
Culled from a decade of writing about social justice and spirituality, these
meditations on race, identity, and social policy provide an outline for laying
claim to our shared humanity and a way toward healing ourselves and securing
our future. Racing to Justice (Indiana University Press, $32) challenges us
to replace attitudes and institutions that promote and perpetuate social
suffering with those that foster relationships and a way of being that
transcends disconnection and separation.