Laura Gonzalez


18 Dec 2008

Seduction at FIT Museum

On the 9th December the Museum at FIT, in New York, opened an exhibition dedicated to Seduction in Fashion. I have followed the exhibitions at the museum for a while now and earlier this year, when I realised they were hosting a show on Christian Louboutin and desire, the distance separating me from those glorious objects almost became too much. With this new show, though, enough would have been enough and I would have had to find a way of going to New York City, despite the fact that I have another visit planned for the East coast later on in the year. I say would have, because I am now definitely going to see Seduction. Moreover, I have been invited to speak about it in conversation with the curator, Colleen Hill. An honour, a delight. This will take place on the 18th February 2009. If you happen to be around, and want to hear something around perversion, the pleasure of dressing up and scopophilia, do come along.


Edit: see comment below: John Rawlings, Anna-Lee Daniels modeling for Vogue photoshoot, 15 October 1947, gift of the Estate of John Rawlings (from FIT Museum Facebook site).

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4 Responses to “Seduction at FIT Museum”

  1. carmen dell'orefice said:

    The John Rrawlings photograph in Vogue magizne oct15,1947, and included

    in the FIT Museum Facebook site and in a book of his work,is in fact a

    model named ANNA-LEE DANIELS ,not Carmen Dell’Orefice!!! I assure you

    of this fact,as I am Carmen and ANNA-LEE was my friend at the time.She

    married an artist early in her life and retired from modeling.

  2. Laura Gonzalez said:

    Carmen, what an honour! Thank you for pointing this out. I will correct the entry and credit Anna-Lee, as deserved. Best wishes,


  3. Perversion within seduction said:

    […] talk at MFIT went very well. I realised afterwards that this is the very first time I have talked about […]

  4. Henry Emanuel said:

    Hi Laura,
    Annalee Danels not Daniels is correct. She is alive and well in Southport, CT.
    She married the sculptor Herzl Emanuel. They moved to Rome in the early 1960s where she continued to model for some years.

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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.