General admission for children 17 years and under is always free

The Larger Conversation: The Art of Self-Fashioning

theo tyson, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Horace Ballard, and Carla Fernández

Thursday, November 16, 2023
7 - 8:30 pm

Join us for an expansive conversation on the role of fashion in the art of crafting public and private identities. Artist Fabiola Jean-Louis and fashion designer Carla Fernández join curators and art historians Horace Ballard and theo tyson to discuss how clothing, along with historic portraits, contemporary art, and social media can communicate who we are, who we wish to be or how we want to be perceived.

This panel is organized in connection with the Museum’s fall exhibitions Fabiola Jean Louis: Rewriting History and Inventing Isabella (October 19, 2023 - January 15, 2024) and Carla Fernández’s newly commissioned work for the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade (October 10, 2023 - January 24, 2024). Exhibition galleries will be open before and after the program.



Advanced tickets are required and include Museum admission. Adults $20, seniors $18, students $13, free for members and children 17 and under.

Seating in Calderwood Hall is first come, first served. Seating begins 45 minutes before the event. Late seating is not guaranteed.

To request accessible or wheelchair seating please call the box office at 617 278 5156.

Inventing Isabella is supported in part by Fredericka and Howard Stevenson and by an endowment grant from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Fabiola Jean-Louis: Rewriting History and Carla Fernández: Tradition Is Not Static are supported by the Barbara Lee Program Fund. The Artist-in-Residence program is directed by Pieranna Cavalchini, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art. Funding is also provided for site-specific installations of new work on the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade on Evans Way.


The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.