Fast Fashion/Slow Art comprises 11 films, videos and video installations by a diverse group of emerging and established contemporary artists and filmmakers that, collectively, encourage scrutiny of today’s garment industry. These projects invite a broad-ranging conversation about the production and distribution of clothing and textiles in today’s industrialized and globally interconnected world: What are the merits of the local and tailor-made versus the mass production of fast fashion? Is it possible to protect workers’ rights and ensure safe working conditions while keeping up with consumer demands? How does technology affect the experience and conditions of labor? What skills does the mass production of textiles require? Can design and technology offer sustainable solutions to the environmental effects of fast fashion? What role do art and popular culture play in raising consumer consciousness? While this exhibition and accompanying catalog cannot solve all the intractable problems plaguing the textile and clothing industry, they can be sites to address those issues creatively and from new angles. On view through December 15, 2019. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 1-5 pm.
- Friday, August 23 at 12pm
- Friday, September 20 at 12pm
Free, but reservations are required and can be made at museum.gwu.edu/programs
IN FASHION: Selections from the GW Collection
Carolina Herrera, Neiman Marcus, Hattie Carnegie — you know their names, but do you know what they look like? Fashion designers and fashion purveyors can become synonymous with their designs: a little black dress, a handbag or a scarf that everyone is suddenly wearing, but the face of the designer who created that fashionable piece might never be known. A number of the photographs on view are portraits of well-known designers, models or other people in fashion. They counter the glamorous side of the fashion industry. Works by May Wilson and Jody Mussoff give the impression of constriction and anxiety, while photographs by Steven Livick draw attention to the slim line between models and their inanimate foil: mannequins.
Organized as a companion to the exhibit Fast Fashion/Slow Art this exhibition features works of drawing and sculpture, as well as numerous photographs from the GW Collection. Also on view will be three works from the Estate of Dr. Luther W. Brady, Jr. Open through October 27, 2019.
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery at Corcoran Flagg Building is located at 500 17th Street NW.