Domestic Affairs: Autumnal Events!


There is a lot happening this season in the world of fashion exhibitions and events!

On October 10, the Richmond Art Center (California) will be hosting a mini-symposium held in conjunction with their exhibition Body as Agent: Changing Fashion Art. Body as Agent is an exhibition in response to the 1983 landmark showing of wearable art the Richmond Art Center, Poetry for the Body: Clothing for the Spirit. Body as Agent: Changing Fashion Art updates that exhibition, displaying many of the original artists and adding new artists and new notions, with more than 30 artists participating.The Costume Society of America, Western Region is excited to be co-hosting the symposium, since several CSA members and former Western Region Board Presidents will be presenting at the symposium, including: Inez Brooks-Myers, Melissa Leventon, and Heather Vaughan Lee. You can register for the symposium here.

At the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali’i, which I reviewed in my last column is open and will be on display until February 28! At the Asian Art Museum, Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish Velvets from the Indictor Collection (reviewed here on Worn Through) is entering its final weeks, closing on November 1.

In Los Angeles, African Adornment: Selections from the Marcel and Zaira Mis Collection at LACMA is also entering its final weeks, closing on October 12. I will be reviewing it in my first Domestic Affairs column next month. At the FIDM Museum, Inspired Eye: The Donald and Joan Damask Design Collection is on display at the main campus down town until December 19, as will Fleurs: Botanicals in Dress from the Helen Larson Historical Collection which just got some additions from the main collection. I will be reviewing both in October and November! At the Orange County FIDM Campus, Hooped: Dress of the 1860s opened August 24, and will be up until February 20, 2016!

In Seattle, Washington between November 11 and 15, at the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre at the University of Washington, there will be a wide-ranging retrospective of Seattle artist Susan Pasco’s work, Art of the Costume, mounted in collaboration with the University of Washington School of Drama.

At the Art Institute of Chicago, Kesa: Japanese Buddhist Monks’ Vestments will be on view until February 14, 2016, and there is a gallery talk on October 20.

At the Valentine in Richmond, Virginia, a mini-symposium will be hosted in honor of the Classical Allure: Richmond Style exhibition. Happening on Friday, November 13, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., the featured speakers include Caroline Rennolds Milbank, Colleen Hill, and Mo Regulinski. Tickets are on sale and pre-registration is highly encouraged as space is limited!

In Philadelphia, at Drexel University, the Robert & Penny Fox Historic Collection is launching their first public exhibition, Immortal Beauty on October 2! You can read curator Clare Sauro’s guest post here.

In New York, the Steinhardt’s Costume Studies and Tisch’s Cinema Studies programs at NYU are co-hosting a one-day symposium on October 17. Film Costume / Rendering Realities “brings together costume designers and fabricators, film industry professionals, costume scholars and museum and archives personnel to explore various aspects of film costume, including how costume operates to construct meaning in film and what happens to these important artifacts after filming.” The symposium will take place at the Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, Einstein Auditorium, New York.

At The Met, there are several textile and fashion exhibitions currently on display. Closing on October 25, Scenes from the Life of St. Martin: Franco-Flemish Embroidery from the Met Collection is entering its final weeks; as is Liturgical Textiles of the Post-Byzantine World which closes November 1. While at the Met, you can take in Chinese Textiles: Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection, which opened August 15 and will be on display until June 19, 2016; as well as American Quilts and Folk Art which opened in July and will be up until August 7, 2016. Not strictly dress related, but featuring wonderful photographic evidence of Western African clothing and style, In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa opened August 31 and will be on display until January 3, 2016. The newest autumnal exhibition from the Costume Institute, Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style opens November 19 and focuses “on the internationally renowned style icon Countess Jacqueline de Ribes.”

At the Museum at FIT, Global Fashion Capitals will be closing November 14, while Fashion Underground: the World of Susanne Bartsch opened September 18 and will be on display until December 5. Read Monica’s interview here.

Are there any exhibitions, symposia, or events happening in your area? Are there any you feel Worn Through readers should know about? Have you been to any of those mentioned in the post? If so, what did you think? Please share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments below, or if you have an announcement, feel free to email me!

Opening image courtesy of Richmond Art Center.

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