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Armchair Art – Artwear Shows to See at Home


Garments in every form are the subject of formal exhibitions this fall and winter. Via catalog and Internet, you can enjoy some of them at home:

  • Conceptual garments that tackle themes such as “brotherhood of humanity,” “physical need,” and “future and survival” are featured in Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator, a traveling exhibition curated by Judith Hoos Fox. The show opened in fall 2005 at Tufts University Art Gallery in Medford, Massachusetts; will be on view at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois, January 20–April 9; and will travel to Santa Barbara, California, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, later in 2006. More details and a fun interactive display of the works in the show can be found at

The traveling show Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator will be
on view at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois, January 20–April 9. Shown is work by Alicia Framis,
Anti_Dog Copywriting Unwanted Sentences,
3 May 2003, Birmingham. Photo courtesy of the artist.

  • Brilliant hues are the focus of Fashion in Colors, on display December 9, 2005–March 26, 2006, at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York. Initially organized by the Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) Japan, the show explores color as a design element through three hundred years of Western fashion and examines changing perceptions of color through various ages and cultures. More than sixty garments from KCI’s collection are included. A lot of the garments can be seen online (, and a full-color catalog (288 pages, $45) is available from publisher Assouline

The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York presents Fashion
in Colors
December 9, 2005–March 26, 2006. Shown here is the Multicolor
Room from the show’s installation at the
National Museum of Modern Art
Kyoto, Japan. Photo: Naoya Hatakeyama.

  • Silk & Leather: Splendid Attire of Nineteenth-Century Central Asia, at The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., is on view through February 26. The exhibition features thirty-eight garments and accessories such as coats, children’s clothing, hats, boots, belts, and veils. It honors Caroline McCoy-Jones, who donated two of the coats to the museum’s collection. A catalog (36 pages, $18), with an essay by show curator John T. Wertime and color images, can be ordered at

  • Dress: Clothing as Art was on display September 6– October 30, 2005, at the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, California. The exhibit focused on clothing as collaborative and social art practice, realized through performance, costume, and retail display. A catalog (20 pages, $12 for standard binding, $40 for limited edition with artist-made cover), which includes an essay by curator Anuradha Vikram, artist bios, and select images, is available from the center. For more information: or (510) 620-6772.



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