University Galleries and Collections

Fashion Is a Verb: Art, Performance, and Identity

South Gallery

January - May 2021

Co-curated by Professor of Philosophy Laura DiSumma and Kristen Evangelista, director of the University Galleries, Fashion Is a Verb: Art, Performance, and Identity reveals that fashion is not just a consumer object, but an artistic vehicle and an interactive performance connected to individual and social identity. To ‘fashion’ as a verb is to interrogate oneself and to examine the daily aesthetic practices that are necessary for the establishment of our identities, communities, and values. Works on view will include film, painting, photographs, and textiles by artists Lisa Anne Auerbach, Zehra Doğan, Mari Katayama, ORLAN, Natasha May Platt, Yelaine Rodriguez, Cindy Sherman, and Jean Shin. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, the University Galleries will partner with the Berlin School of Mind and Brain to conduct an experimental interdisciplinary study on the relation between fashion and identity, and the perception of style. Exhibit visitors will participate in a survey about their own fashion choices. Additional programs will include artist talks, hands-on workshops, and panel discussions.


 

Press Release

Co-curated by Professor of Philosophy Laura Di Summa and Gallery Director Kristen Evangelista, this exhibit explores fashion as an art form that is inherently dynamic and linked to sociocultural issues. To ‘fashion’ as a verb is to interrogate oneself and to examine the daily aesthetic practices that are necessary for the establishment of our identities, communities, and values. This exhibition reveals that fashion is not just a consumer object, but an artistic vehicle often connected to individual and social identity, and investigates fashion as an interactive performance. Works on view will include photographs, textiles, and installations by artists Lisa Anne Auerbach, Zehra Doğan, Mari Katayama, ORLAN, Natasha May Platt, Yelaine Rodriguez, Cindy Sherman, and Jean Shin.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the University Galleries will partner with the Berlin School of Mind and Brain to conduct an experimental interdisciplinary study on the relation between fashion and identity, and the perception of style. Exhibit visitors will participate in a survey about their own fashion choices. Additional programs will include artist talks, hands-on workshops, and panel discussions.

Related Events

Virtual Artist Talk: Zehra Doğan

Monday, October 19, 2020

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Link to recording of the Zoom event