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The Fashion Turn: Clothing as Muse in Contemporary Art

Art Talk, Art Show
Fashion is having a special moment in the art world, from the increasing popularity of the annual Met Gala to the success of the Museum of Modern Art's blockbuster survey "Items: Is Fashion Modern?" Recent exhibitions like "Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style" at the Wichita Art Museum and the Brooklyn Museum's presentation of "Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving" offer new understandings of artists' creativity by exploring their personal mode of dress. 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. IMAGE: Bruce Weber, "Georgia O'Keeffe, Abiquiu, N.M.," 1984. Copyright Bruce Weber
art talk;art exhibition
Event Info: (316) 268-4921
Ages: Adults
Price: Free
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 • Thu 5/23/19 at 6pm-7:30pm 

Wichita Art Museum
address  1400 W. Museum Blvd.
 Wichita, KS  67203-3296
phone (316) 268-4921
hours Tue.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm
general adm $7; $5 seniors; $3 students and youth 5-17; free for members and on Saturdays for all