‘Costume, Character and the Cult of Celebrity’

Christ Cutri, a communications professor, speaks with a student after his Popular Culture and Media class. Cutri will be one of the four speakers at the “Take 5” discussion. (Bret Mortimer)

Subtle wardrobe details can express more about someone’s character than words.

Four BYU professors will exchange ideas in a fast-paced discussion titled “Costume, Character and the Cult of Celebrity” on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Museum of Art auditorium.

The “Take 5” discussion series involves the four professors speaking on one topic for five minutes each. The topic was chosen because it relates to the current costume exhibit at the MOA, “Cut! Costume and the Cinema.” The exhibit features 40 costumes from noted Hollywood films as well as portraits from the MOA’s permanent collection.

“The exhibition explores how wardrobe details can establish authenticity and uncover subtle clues about a painting’s subject or a costume’s character,” the MOA website explained.

Chris Cutri, a professor who teaches Pop Culture and Media, is one of the speakers. With a background in both film and advertising, he has an academic focus on creative concepting and the production of television commercials.

“I’m going to be speaking on the semiotics of costumes and the meanings that come from them and how these meanings affect the creation of cinema,” Cutri said.

Other speakers include Heather Belnap Jensen, associate professor of art history; Mary Farahnakian, professor of design in the Theatre and Media Arts Department; and Nicholas Mason, an English professor.

More information on the “Take 5” discussion series can be found on the Facebook event page.

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