There is no such thing as a cheap t-shirt.
On Monday Fashion Interactions will open at Parsons, followed by an opening reception on Friday November 15, 6-9pm. Fashion Interactions is a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores fashion culture by means of contemporary art, design and media. The exhibited works comment on the unsustainability of the fashion industry, analyze the relationship of fashion and corporeality, and investigate how people use clothes as tools for building their identities. Curated by Annamari Vänskä, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Fashion Studies at the University of Stockholm, and Hazel Clark, Research Chair of Fashion at Parsons, the exhibition features work by Federico Cabrera, Heidi Lunabba, Jasmin Mishima, Anna Mustonen, Nutty Tarts, Timo Rissanen, Salla Salin, Heidi Soidinsalo, Saara Töyrylä and Timo Wright. That is to say, the full team is back: Janelle Abbott is performing in 15% again! At her alma mater no less.
On the other works:
un fit brings together artists Federico Cabrera, Jasmin Mishima, Anna Mustonen, Heidi Soidinsalo, Saara Töyrylä, and Timo Wright to create a live performance and installation that brings together dance, fashion, sound and video art. Dresscode is a community-based art project that deals with style as an indicator of social class.
Artists Katriina Haikala and Vilma Metteri of Nutty Tarts and Heidi Lunabba photographed people on the streets of New York City in three different locations—Madison Avenue, 161st Street in the Bronx and Greenpoint in Brooklyn—in August 2013.
Fashion Interactions is produced by Parsons The New School for Design, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons, and the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, in collaboration with the Centre for Fashion Studies (Stockholm University). The exhibition and symposium are supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and Frame Visual Art Finland. 15% is supported by School of Fashion at Parsons, and City Sewing in New York.
About the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center is an award-winning campus center for Parsons The New School for Design that combines learning and public spaces with exhibition galleries to provide an important new downtown destination for art and design programming. The mission of the Center is to generate an active dialogue on the role of innovative art and design in responding to the contemporary world. Its programming encourages an interdisciplinary examination of possibility and process, linking the university to local and global debates. The center is named in honor of its primary benefactor, New School Trustee and Parsons Board of Governor’s Member Sheila C. Johnson. The design by Rice+Lipka Architects is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. For more information please visit http://www.newschool.edu/sjdc.
About Parsons The New School for Design
Parsons The New School for Design is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century. For more information, please visit http://www.newschool.edu/parsons.
Finnish Cultural Institute in New York
The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York aims to promote Finnish art, design and architecture in New York and in North America at large. The Institute runs an artist-in-residency program in New York and produces, curates and presents exhibitions and other events in collaboration with local galleries and museums. Its goal is to develop active collaboration networks with professionals and organizations within the field of visual arts. The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York is one of the 17 Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes abroad. It is a member of the EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) cluster in New York.
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center General Information
Location: 66 Fifth Avenue, New York
Gallery hours: Open daily 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m. Closed all major holidays and holiday eves.
Info: Please contact 212.229.8919 or visit http://www.newschool.edu/sjdc