Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor examines clothing in art as symbols of power and identity. At once functional and aesthetic, garments are worn to protect the body from the elements, enhance the beauty of the wearer, establish rank in society, and signal to others our differences or similarities. Garments also point to interpersonal issues and conditions as well as larger societal and cultural concerns. Works in this exhibition reveal how artists use concepts and images of clothing to relay compelling messages about gender, age, ethnicity, history, profession, and the world around us in general.
Artists featured in the exhibition and catalog: Sama Alshaibi, Laura Schiff, Joseph Beuys, Willie Birch, Christian Boltanski, Robert Bracketti, Bob Carey, Nick Cave, John Coffer, Maureen Conner, John Singleton-Copley, Beatrice Coron, Kate Daudy, Claudio Dicochea, Jim Dine, Simon Donovan, Bailey Doogan, Jay Dusard, Johann Georg Edlinger, Angela Ellsworth, Fausto Fernandez, Julie Fullerton-Batten, Adam Fuss, Valerie Hammond, George E. Huffman, Illman Brothers, Graciela Iturbide, Susan Jamison, Benjamin M. Johnson, Walt Kuhn, Karen LaMonte, Robert Longo, Annie Lopez, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robyn Soutenburg McDaniels, Richard Mosse, Mark Newport, Catherine Opie, Ruth Orkin, Ebony G. Patterson, Barbara Penn, Wendy Red Star, Miriam Schapiro, Raghubir Singh, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Raphael Soyer, Agata Stoinska, and Andy Warhol.
Curated by Dr. Julie Sasse, Chief Curator
Edited by Katie Graff. Foreword by Jeremy Mikolajczak, CEO, and essay by Dr. Julie Sasse, Chief Curator. Designed by Melina Lew, with printing by Arizona Lithographers, Tucson, Arizona. Published by the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block.
Softcover. 64 pp.
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