Speaker to talk ‘lipstick, brassiers, eyelashes’

Book cover of “Never Leave Well Enough Alone”Lisa S. Banu, an assistant professor of electronic and time-based art at Purdue University’s Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, will visit NIU to speak on “Lipstick, Brassieres and Eyelashes: Raymond Loewy’s Superficial Depth.”

Part of the 2013-2014 Elizabeth Allen Visiting Speaker Series in Art History, the event begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Room 100 of the Visual Arts Building.

Audience members will explore the design world of French-born American industrial designer Raymond Loewy, where lipstick inspired locomotives, the brassiere industry inspired his MAYA (“Most Advanced Yet Acceptable”) principle and the 3/8-inch eyelashes of his secretary, Helen Peters, was evidence of a modern design firm.

Banu received her Ph.D. in philosophy in 2006 from the New School for Social Research. She earned her bachelor of architecture from University of Houston in 1995 and her master’s in interdisciplinary studies from George Mason University four years later.

For more information, email jsmola@niu.edu.

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