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Body as Agent: Changing Fashion Art

Body as Agent: Changing Fashion Art 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 field of wearable art has expanded and grown. Wearable art still features chic clothing and accessories but has the added vibrations of upcycling – the use of castoff or reused elements and materials – enhancing the visual vocabulary of the artists. This exhibition of California artists further expands notions of clothing to include works of art with garment forms serving as metaphors for social, political and cultural issues as found in painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. An accompanying catalog will be produced for the exhibition.

Public Programs:

Opening Reception: Sat, Sep 12, 5 – 7 pm, free

Sewing in the Gallery with Ellen Hauptli and Chere Mah: Sun, Sep 13, 1:30 – 3 pm, free

Workshop: Ribbon Flowers with Candace Kling: Sat, Sep 19, 2 – 5 pm, $50. Preregistration required.

Exhibition Walk-Through with Inez Brooks-Myers: Sun, Sep 20, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, free

Symposium: Sat, Oct 10, 10 am – 4:30 pm, $35. Preregistration required. See event details

Old School Panel: Jean Cacideo & Ellen Hauptli: Sun, Nov 1, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, free

Dance Performance & Tea with Patricia Bulitt: Sun, Nov 8, 1:30 – 3 pm, free

Sewing in the Gallery with Ellen Hauptli and Chere Mah: Sun, Nov 15, 1:30 – 3 pm, free

Closing Party: Sun, Nov 15, 3 – 5 pm, free


Funding has been generously provided by Thomas and Susan Newmeyer, Dale Leonudakis, and an Anonymous Patron

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