Sonia Delaunay, Scène d’intérieur, 1922. Gouache on cardboard. Archives Galerie Le Minotaure, Paris. © Pracusa

Artists, photographers, gallerists, entrepreneurs, and collectors—Sonia Delaunay’s universe was studded with women who gave rise to lasting innovations throughout the art world. They reshaped the way the international art market developed, expanded the potential of self-promotion, and redefined the role of fashion and photography on the global artistic stage. This symposium will present new research on important, underemphasized figures from Delaunay’s personal and professional milieu—Germaine Krull, Thérèse Bonney, Marie Cuttoli, and Nelly van Doesburg—each of whom proved essential in different ways at key moments in the artist’s life. Through their bold initiative and a deep commitment to art, Sonia Delaunay and the women around her created new opportunities for their contemporaries and changed the course of modern art and design for the century ahead.

1:30 pm Welcome and Introduction from exhibition curators Waleria Dorogova and Laura Microulis

2 pm
Rachel Silveri
Fashioning the Body, Fashioning the Self: The Collaboration between Germaine Krull & Sonia Delaunay
Emilie Hammen
Pictures and ideas: Thérèse Bonney and the circulation of modernity
Lilien Lisbeth Feledy
Marie Cuttoli and Sonia Delaunay: A Friendship Crossing Boundaries between Art and Fashion

3:30 pm Coffee break

4 pm Discussion

5 pm Concluding Remarks
Speaker Bios
Rachel Silveri is an assistant professor in the School of Art + Art History at the University of Florida. Her article “Sonia Delaunay: ‘Living Profoundly’” was published in the journal Art History and her writing appears in exhibition catalogues produced by the Bard Graduate Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, among other academic journals and edited volumes. She is the recipient of grants from CAA Advancing Art & Design, the Mellon Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute, and currently serves on the inaugural editorial advisory board for the new book series Art & published by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. At the University of Florida’s Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, she curated the exhibition, Surrealism at the Harn: A Centennial Celebration (on view until June 2, 2024). She is currently at work on her first book manuscript, The Art of Living in Avant-Garde Paris, which reexamines the avant-garde ambition to unify art and everyday life through a set of experimental life practices established by artists across Dadaism, Simultanism, and Surrealism.

Emilie Hammen
is a junior professor of art and fashion history at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her research considers the historiography of fashion in France from the nineteenth century (L’idée de mode, un nouvelle histoire, 2023) and the relationship between fashion and art, specifically through the prism of avant-garde movements. As a guest editor of the journal Perspective (INHA, Paris), she directed a special issue putting current research in fashion and art history in dialogue with theory. She has also conducted a research project on craft studies in fashion (The Crafts of Fashion: Sources, 2023; The Crafts of Fashion: Geographies, forthcoming, 2024) for Institut Français de la Mode and with the support of le19M.

Cécile Bargues (PhD) is a researcher (pensionnaire) at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, France. A Dada scholar, she is the author of Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Les dernières années (Fondation Giacometti, Fage: 2022); she also wrote two books about Raoul Hausmann (see Raoul Hausmann: photographs, Koenig Books: 2018) and published extensively in exhibition catalogues in Europe and the USA. Bargues curated several exhibitions in French museums such as Centre Pompidou-Metz, Jeu de Paume in Paris, musée d’arts de Nantes, and more. She received her PhD at the Sorbonne University-Paris 1.

Lilien Lisbeth Feledy is a PhD candidate from the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria specializing in twentieth-century art. She has a BA and MA in art history from the University of Vienna and has worked as an art educator and curatorial assistant at the Albertina in Vienna and the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland, among other institutions. For her research on Marie Cuttoli’s Myrbor, she was awarded a curatorial fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2022/2023 and a three-month research fellowship at the German Forum for Art History in Paris in 2022.