A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk
Museum at F.I.T, September 13, 2013- January 4, 2014.
Butch Chanel, Wigstock, NYC, 1992. Photograph by Michael James O’Brien c.2013., Museum at F.I.TA
A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk seeks to explore the “gayness” or “queerness” of fashion by drawing attention to the historic presence of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, and other “queer” people in the fashion system. The exhibition also looks at the creativity and resistance to oppression expressed by LGBTQ subcultural styles. The exhibition features approximately 100 ensembles spanning more than a century of fashion. Organized in roughly chronological order, the exhibition explores the history of modern fashion through the lens of gay and lesbian life and culture, addressing subjects including androgyny, dandyism, idealizing and transgressive aesthetic styles, and the influence of subcultural and street styles, including drag, leather, and uniforms.
Body & Soul: New International Ceramics, Museum of Arts and Design, September 24, 2013- March 2, 2014.
In recent years, the human figure has returned to center stage in the work of artists around the world. This exhibition underscores the power of the figure to convey strong emotions, and also to the accessibility of the ceramic medium. Through clay the figure becomes the catalyst for addressing the emotional impact of contemporary pressures that confront our society today. Each work, inspired by a personal incident or symbolic tale, expresses a deep emotional identity, contrasting societal, political, and personal views on themes such as anxiety, bias, mortality and memory. The exhibition will highlight approximately 25 international artists who came to clay as painters, draughtsmen, or sculptors. Many are being shown for the first time in the United States
Marc Alberghina, San Sebastian A, 2011-2012, Museum of Arts and Design
Murray Moss: A Conversation on New Directions in Design and Design/Art, Wednesday, September 18, 6pm. NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. Tickets: $12 general public. To purchase tickets in advance: Register for this event online or call (212) 472-1500 x405. Murray Moss, founder of the internationally renowned Moss design store and design consultancy, Moss Bureau, will speak with NYSID faculty member and historian Judith Gura about his views on today’s innovations in design and what he thinks the future has in store.
Damian Skinner, Pratt Institute, Alumni Reading Room, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn. Thursday, September 26, 2013 6-8:00pm Talk, Reception & book signing, Design Center Gallery. Tickets are $10. Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, the new book from Lark and the Art Jewelry Forum has just been published. Over the course of this fall, a series of conversations around America has been planned to play off the themes developed in the book and to encourage a dialogue about contemporary art jewelry. Hear Damian Skinner, the book’s editor speak at Pratt. Please feel free to contact me for a full line-up.