FOLK COUTURE: FOLK ART AND FASHION will explore the polemical yet fascinating ways in which fashion engages with art. Conceived as an encounter between two worlds of creative endeavor, “Folk Couture” will feature the work of thirteen established and emerging designers (John Bartlett , Michael Bastian, Chadwick Bell, Fabio Costa (NotEqual), Creatures of the Wind, Gary Graham, Catherine Malandrino, Bibhu Mohapatra, Ronaldus Shamask, Yeohlee Teng, threeASFOUR, Koos van den Akker and Jean Yu) who will create an original ensemble based on a selection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, quilts, and furniture chosen from the museum’s outstanding collection. The designers have selected approximately thirty artworks, drawn from every time period and in every medium considered by the museum, not only for their potential fashionability and capacity to inspire new styles of clothing but also for their background stories that inject powerful notes of intimacy and authenticity. The original couture and the works of art from the museum’s collection will be exhibited together in juxtapositions that promise to be both stunning and provocative.
FOLK COUTURE: FOLK ART AND FASHION will be curated by Alexis Carreño, guest curator and Stacy C. Hollander, chief curator and director of exhibitions at the America Museum of Folk Art.
The exhibition is supported in part by Joyce Berger Cowin, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Ford Foundation, and the David Davies and Jack Weeden Fund for Exhibitions. Lectures and symposia are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF FOLK ART
2 Lincoln Square
Columbus Avenue at 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
JANUARY 21 – APRIL 23, 2014