July 12 - October 4, 2009
Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor
Toward the end of the 20th century, many artists seized upon the idea and form of clothing as a subject for their work. The 36 artists in Dress Codes use clothing to explore a variety of issues ranging from feminine concern, racial stereotyping, and immigration to globalization, current events, and the violence of war. Many of the works explore a number of these subjects concurrently, reflecting the complexity of contemporary life.
Willie Cole; The Difference Between Black and White, 2005-2006; Shoes, wood, metal, screws, staples; Diameter 85 inches, depth 16 inches; Courtesy of Alexander and Bonin; Photo credit: Jason Mandella