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| 3. ITEMS at The Museum of Modern Art | Things in the Slow and Steady Wins the Race Time Capsule for 2017

There are 3 days remaining in 2017 so we thought we would countdown and share with you some of the items and ideas we would put in our time capsule. For us they straddle the very specific space of the timely with the timeless; sometimes sublimely anachronistic, fundamentally classic, and are reflective of a value system we hold true to.

This landmark exhibit showcasing 111 items that have had the greatest impact on the anthropology of contemporary fashion, dress, and the world industry. The show was on nearly every end of year top ten list and it is also on ours.

Description :

Items: Is Fashion Modern? presents 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a profound impact on global culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Among them are designs as well-known, transformative, and coveted as Levi’s 501 jeans and the sari and as ancient, charged, and historically rich as the pearl necklace and the keffiyeh.

The catalogue accompanies the first fashion exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art since 1944. An essay by curator Paola Antonelli highlights the Museum’s unique perspective on fashion and explores fashion’s role in the changing landscape of design. The 111 texts that follow trace the history of each item in relation to labor, marketing, technology, religion, politics, aesthetics, and popular culture. Arranged alphabetically, these essays are richly illustrated with archival images, fashion photography, film stills, and documentary shots. Punctuating the book are newly commissioned photographic portfolios that bring a vibrant creative energy to the project. Hardcover. 288 pp; 500 color illustrations.



| NOW | I Will What I Want : Women, Design, and Empowerment

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

66 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003

I Will What I Want: Women, Design, and Empowerment - exhibition

Opening reception: Tuesday, April 11, 6-8 p.m.

I Will What I Want: Women, Design, and Empowerment explores the complex and sometimes-contradictory role that design has played from the mid-Twentieth Century, through second wave feminism, to present non-binary intersections in the pursuit of gender expression and equality for those who have uteruses, menstruate, and/or identify as women.

The exhibition features objects, interfaces, and clothing that have sought to enable those who have uteruses, menstruate, or embrace womanhood as independent and creative subjects in a material world largely designed by and for men but consumed by those who identify as women.

Design’s relationship with the individual and with societies is rarely uncomplicated. With the introduction of the contraceptive pill came the rise of laws designed to constrict reproductive rights for people with uteruses; for every breast pump that facilitates new parents’ choices about work and nutrition, there exists a poorly designed familial leave policy; and so many designs “for her,” even for very young girls, come with the baggage of implicit and explicit expectations about class, race, gender performance, labor, and sexuality.

This exhibition begins a dialogue around designs created to emancipate those who menstruate, give birth, and/or identify as women. It asks visitors to contemplate, from their own positions, the ways in which these products, garments, and interfaces have, for better and sometimes for worse, governed, shaped, and facilitated modern and contemporary experiences.

This exhibition is co-organized by independent curators Jimena Acosta and Michelle Millar Fisher (part-time faculty, School of Art and Design History and Theory).