An anxiousness exists among people of color because there is still an expectation to "perform," explain and react to one's Blackness in society, maybe even make excuses for it, both within and outside "black" culture. One outlet utilized to express this dichotomy is through dress. Clothing has long surpassed its place among the basic needs; and now envelops us, a haven of memory (both tactile and cognitive) tacitly signifying deep-set beliefs, cementing our perceived social status and declaring anything from gender to mood.
Black Gossamer showcases the work of black contemporary artists who use and draw inspiration from clothing, fashion, textiles and fabrications to explore and uncover recent revolutions in black identity. Artists will not only present exciting new ways they are working with dress, but also reveal the meanings and hidden codes behind their work – initiating dialogues on where black culture is today, where it is going and what that means.
Artists: Aisha Bell, Sheila Bridges, Myra Greene, Marlon Griffith, Krisanne Johnson, Kalup Linzy, Wangechi Mutu, Ebony G. Patterson
February 9: Critical Encounters Cafe Society discussion with Curator, 4:00-6:00pm
February 10: Panel Discussion, "What Color is Nude: The Racial Future of Fashion" with distinguished fashion history and race theory writers and artists, 1:00-3:00pm MORE INFO
**All talks will be held in the Glass Curtain Gallery or adjacent Conaway Center.
Academic Partners: African-American Cultural Affairs, Fashion Studies, Critical Encounters
Curated by: Camille Morgan
Exhibition Contact: Justin Witte/ firstname.lastname@example.org/312-369-8177
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