Category Archives: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

| SAVE THE DATE | Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Benefit Sale

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PLEASE JOIN US

Wednesday, September 20th 9am to 9pm
38 Orchard St., corner of Hester St.

For a special one day sale to benefit communities who have been devastated Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

100% of the proceeds will go to these organizations:

Circle of Health
Americares
Houston & Corpus Christi Foodbanks
Texas Diaper Bank & Miami Diaper Bank
LGBT Disaster Relief Fund

A New York community of designers and retailers have donated clothing, accessories and objects in an effort to send love and badly-needed support to people in storm-affected areas.

A Detacher
Audrey Louise Reynolds
Cala Ossidiana
CFGNY
CHCM
Corell Corell
Creatures of Comfort
Daryl K
Ekhaus Latta
Ina (Vintage)
Inhabit
M. Patmos
97 Crosby
1.61
OTTO
Print All Over Me
Project No. 8
Saturdays NYC
Seek Collective
Sharktooth
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Various Projects, Inc
White Zinfandel
Wintercheck Factory
Zero + Maria Cornejo

and the the list of participants continues to grow.

Special Live DJ sets by DJKG and Friends

Various Project Spaces
38 Orchard Street
NY NY 10002

Announcement design: With Projects

| HERO | Robert Rauschenberg

The early 1950s, when Rauschenberg (1925–2008) launched his career, was the heyday of the heroic gestural painting of Abstract Expressionism. Rauschenberg challenged this tradition with an egalitarian approach to materials, bringing the stuff of the everyday world into his art. Working alone and in collaboration with artists, dancers, musicians, and writers, he invented new, interdisciplinary modes of artistic practice that helped set the course for art of the present day. The ethos that permeates Rauschenberg’s work—openness, commitment to dialogue and collaboration, and global curiosity—makes him, now more than ever, a touchstone for our troubled times.

The exhibition is organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Tate Modern, London.

Organized by Leah Dickerman, The Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, and Achim Borchardt-Hume, Director of Exhibitions at Tate Modern, with Emily Liebert and Jenny Harris, Curatorial Assistants, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition design was created in collaboration with the artist Charles Atlas.

| SUNDAY READING | Material Intimacies: The Labor of Creativity in the Global Fashion Industry

Material Intimacies: The Labor of Creativity in the Global Fashion Industry

by Moon, Christina Harriet, Ph.D., YALE UNIVERSITY, 2011, 335 pages; 3467525

Abstract:

This dissertation explores the global fashion industry through Material Intimacies, the social relationships and intimate encounters of new classes of fashion workers in the material and immaterial making of fashion. Countering the impersonal forces of economics and anonymity that often characterize the global fashion industry, this dissertation illuminates the intimacies involved in the everyday work of fashion among new classes of fashion workers. While scholars continue to describe the emergence of the global fashion industry through its global commodity chains and circuits of consumption, this dissertation argues instead for the intimate realms of fashion production: in the affectations for fashion worlds and imaginaries, in the formation of new social relationships and practices which have connected vast garment industries with fashion worlds, and the socialization processes which have inspired new workers into fashion. These fashion workers have refigured the meaning of labor and creativity in their everyday work, the meaning of value in the things they make, and have powerfully shaped new material realities in their forming of new social and cultural worlds. In search of “the global fashion industry,” Material Intimacies locates it in the intimate encounters and social relationships which are the global connections that enact and drive the industry.

Based on three years of ethnographic field research in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Guangzhou, and Seoul, and drawn from participant observation, interviews, and social and oral histories, this dissertation explores design studios, corporations, showrooms, factories, and schools to connect the experiences of fashion workers with new forms of creative practice and labor emerging from the global fashion industry. Ironically, these new collectives of fashion workers emerge from the most peripheral of spaces and have become central to the creation of material and immaterial values that now drive and reproduce the industry. They include immigrant garment workers creatively making the runway collections for New York Fashion Week; Asian American fashion students attending New York design schools and as fashion designers, redefining the aesthetics of American fashion; Korean fashion migrant workers working as technical design laborers in Seventh Avenue design corporations; and first generation Korean Brazilian American fashion designers connecting their parents’ manufacturing factories in Asia with the giants of corporate retail in the Americas. Drawn to fashion to pursue creativity in work, they expose a puzzling paradox; while reproducing a system that endlessly values profit and capital accumulation, they themselves seek and embody values of the opposite: the pursuit of creativity, beauty, work with family, creating social ties through their everyday practice of work. Countering the impersonal forces of economics that reduce the global fashion industry to a world of buyers, sellers, producers and consumers, these fashion workers paint an intimate landscape of ongoing transnational social ties and cultural exchange, challenging the anonymity of how global capitalism operates.