Garmenting: Costume as Modern Artwork is the primary international survey devoted to the usage of clothes as a medium of visible artwork. On view on the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York Metropolis via August 14, 2022, this critically acclaimed exhibition assembles greater than 60 works from 35 worldwide artists — together with Nick Cave, Kent Monkman, Louise Bourgeois, and Mary Sibande — who create clothes, sculpture, set up, and efficiency artwork that rework gown right into a important instrument. Adopted globally as a creative technique, garmenting makes use of the language of trend to problem conventional divisions of kind and performance, solid a important eye on the development of gender, advance political activism, and handle cultural variations.
Garmenting emerged throughout the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. Its rise is linked to efficiency artwork, as clothes utilized in installations typically double as costumes in reside and video-based performances. The follow got here to elevated prominence throughout the Nineties, its flourishing paralleling the rising results of globalization. With its emphasis on craft and the distinctive object, garmenting has been adopted globally by artists in search of methods to reply to the Twenty first-century blurring of socioeconomic boundaries, cultures, and identities. Whereas a few of the works on view have fun the hybridization of cultures, others protest the fading of regional and ethnic traditions and communities — and lots of do each concurrently. Irrespective of their perspective, all these artists’s practices had been formed by transnational artistic — and industrial — alternate.
Garmenting is organized round 5 interrelated themes. “Performance” showcases works that blur the road between trend, which historically has a sensible operate, and artwork, which historically doesn’t. “Cultural Distinction” facilities on works that discover the connection between gown and cultural, racial, and ethnic identities. “Gender” explores how gender and sexuality are carried out via gown. “Activism” examines how artists use clothes to name consideration to how political violence impacts particular person our bodies. “Efficiency” options artists who interact critically with costume via reside and video-based efficiency. Stay performances happening throughout the exhibition embrace Enoch Cheng: Deal with with Care on June 9 and jaamil olawale kosoko: Black Physique Amnesia on July 7.
Garmenting: Costume as Modern Artwork is visitor curated by Alexandra Schwartz, a New York-based artwork historian, curator, and adjunct professor within the College of Graduate Research at SUNY | Trend Institute of Know-how.
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