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Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art

Mar 12–Aug 14, 2022

The first global survey exhibition dedicated to the use of clothing as a medium of visual art, Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art examines work by thirty-five international contemporary artists, from established names to emerging voices, several of whom will be exhibiting for the first time in the United States. By either making or altering clothing for expressive purposes, these artists create garments, sculpture, installation, and performance art that transforms dress into a critical tool. Adopted globally as an artistic strategy, garmenting uses the language of fashion to challenge traditional divisions of form and function, cast a critical eye on the construction of gender, advance political activism, and address cultural difference.

Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art is guest curated by Alexandra Schwartz with the support of curatorial assistant Alida Jekabson.

Image: Mary Sibande (South Africa, b. 1982), The Domba Dance, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago. Photo: John Lusis


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