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"La Negligence" 

When: Wed., Dec. 7, 12 p.m. 2011
Price: $5

Do you do a quick mirror-glance before you leave the house, just to ensure that you're not so ruffled that folks will think you're a slob, but just ruffled enough so people will think you look cool? Christopher Currie, coordinator of academic programs at UNC's Ackland Art Museum, discusses the connection between that nonchalance and the visual meme of the open collar in 17th- and 18th-century European portraiture in a lunchtime lecture at the museum. Predating the concept of bohemianism, these portraits of open-collared artists were intended to make their well-honed technical skill appear effortless, something that socially ambitious noblemen picked up on as time went by. "Creating the illusion of inherent worth is one of the functions of portraiture at the time," Currie notes, chuckling about how similar some of the poses are to such 1970s open-collar masters as Burt Reynolds. The talk begins at noon and is $5, or free for students and museum members. —Chris Vitiello

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