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The Fashion Turn: Clothing as Muse in Contemporary Art

Date: May 23, 2019,
Venue: Wichita Art Museum - 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita

The Event:

Fashion is having a special moment in the art world, from the increasing popularity of the annual Met Gala (the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Benefit) to the success of the Museum of Modern Art’s blockbuster survey "Items: Is Fashion Modern'" and San Francisco de Young Museum’s pioneering exhibition "Contemporary Muslim Fashions."

Inspired by the renewed attention to clothing in museum spaces, this talk will consider key moments of collaboration, creativity, and confrontation between the worlds of fashion and fine art throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. From Georgia O’Keeffe’s spare garments to Andy Warhol’s paper dresses, this presentation will explore artists who purposely blurred the distinction between fashion, attire, and art.

Samantha Lyons is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Kansas. She has taught courses in contemporary art at the University of Kansas and worked as a graduate curatorial intern at the Spencer Museum of Art, where she curated the exhibition "Power Clashing: Clothing, Collage, and Contemporary Identities." She currently works as a research and curatorial assistant at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.

Galleries open prior to talk. Tickets required for "Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style."
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