Wendy Red Star
A fashionable new exhibition will open this fall at The Momentary.
Officials on Thursday announced a new group show titled In Some Form or Fashion which explores “the cultural implications of fashion and how identities are shaped by the garments individuals purchase, wear and dispose of.”
The new show opens Nov. 20 and will include work by artists Pia Camil, Martine Gutierrez, Eric N. Mack, Troy Michie, Simphiwe Ndzube, and Wendy Red Star.
“In Some Form or Fashion explores the many ways clothing can assert our own individuality –an exploration that runs parallel to what the Momentary has been undertaking since we opened,” said Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas, curator of the show. “By inviting these six artists to respond to our architecture, we’re expanding the possibilities of how to embrace our building and its embedded history as a site of mass production and labor.”
Each artist will create a large-scale installation for the show using clothing “to map real and imagined cultural histories of fashion.” The artists will be tasked with embracing the architecture of the Momentary, and to create “a diverse and engaging exploration of the intersection of art and fashion while examining the role of consumer culture in our society.”
Here’s more on the artists from the Momentary:
Pia Camil, whose immersive curtains chart the cycles of global consumerism by incorporating secondhand t-shirts that were manufactured in Latin America, discarded in the US, and later, re-sold in open-air markets in Mexico and Latin America;
Martine Gutierrez, whose work subverts imagery from fashion, film, and advertising, referencing the consumer industries’ visual languages, interrogating pop culture’s definitions of identity and its social construction;
Eric N. Mack, whose immersive installations comprised of found clothing and textiles challenge how to perceive value and identity in materials based on setting or context;
Troy Michie, who draws inspiration from men’s fashion, namely the zoot suit, revealing the ways self-fashioning can both advertise and disguise aspects of race, class, and gender;
Simphiwe Ndzube, whose magical realist paintings, drawings, and sculptures form dynamic cosmologies that offer new possibilities for being and becoming in post-apartheid South Africa; and
Wendy Red Star, whose multidisciplinary practice sources inspiration from personal memory, Indigenous ideologies, and historical archives to re-examine colonial structures.
For a bit more information, visit themomentary.org.