Paul Robeson Galleries is pleased to announce Dressed, a group exhibition co-curated by Caren King Choi and Kristen J. Owens. The exhibition is on view from July 12 through September 29, 2018 at the Window Gallery (54 Halsey Street, 3rd Floor). A public reception will be held on July 12th from 5 to 7 o’clock in the evening, with short talks from participating artists Fabiola Jean-Louis, Sneha Ganguly, Dong Kyu Kim, Lauren Silberman, Joseph Liatela, LaKela Brown, and Dario Calmese beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Dressed showcases a diverse group of eight artists working in a variety of media: LaKela Brown, Dario Calmese, Sneha Ganguly, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Dong Kyu Kim, Joseph Liatela, Whitney Lynn and Lauren Silberman.
The presentation of one’s physical appearance intersects with opportunities to communicate a variety of messages—aesthetic as well as social, cultural, and political. Dressed explores both the idiosyncratic and universal ways adornment, clothing, costume, and fashion are used to communicate ideas about identity and representation in relationship to a variety of cultural, historical, and personal narratives. The artists in Dressed use elements of dress in their work to not only acknowledge traditional methods of representation, but to interrogate contemporary narratives in relation to topics such as race, beauty, gender, and to imagine other possible futures.
The exhibition is accompanied by a panel discussion on Thursday, September 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the evening in the Main Gallery at Express Newark. Fashioning Memory will explore the connections between dress and personal narrative, particularly how the symbolisms imbued in the objects we choose to adorn ourselves with allow us to engage in the concealing or revealing of our identities. Discussants include artist Fabiola Jean-Louis; artist Dong Kyu Kim; curator Kalia Brooks Nelson, PhD; and fashion designer Marco Hall, and will be moderated by Dressed co-curator Kristen J. Owens.