Fast Fashion/Slow Art

Wang Bing, 15 Hours, 2017, courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Wang Bing, 15 Hours, 2017, 16:9 film, colour, sound - in two parts (7 hrs, 55 min. each), Edition of 6 + 2 AP. Courtesy of of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

Fast Fashion/Slow Art comprises 11 films, videos and video installations by a diverse group of emerging and established contemporary artists and filmmakers that, collectively, encourage scrutiny of today’s garment industry. These projects invite a broad-ranging conversation about the production and distribution of clothing and textiles in today’s industrialized and globally interconnected world: What are the merits of the local and tailor-made versus the mass production of fast fashion? Is it possible to protect workers’ rights and ensure safe working conditions while keeping up with consumer demands? How does technology affect the experience and conditions of labor? What skills does the mass production of textiles require? Can design and technology offer sustainable solutions to the environmental effects of fast fashion? What role do art and popular culture play in raising consumer consciousness?  While this exhibition and accompanying catalog cannot solve all the intractable problems plaguing the textile and clothing industry, they can be sites to address those issues creatively and from new angles.

Students will be providing tours of Fast Fashion (meet in the gallery space) many Saturdays, starting at 1 pm, on these dates. No RSVPs necessary; please just show up and enjoy! Tours are on Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, Dec. 7, 14



Bowdoin College Museum of Art in cooperation with the George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design and the George Washington University Museum/Textile Museum



Bibiana Obler, associate professor of art history, George Washington University
Phyllis Rosenzweig, curator emerita, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden



GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, Washington, D.C.
Thu, August 8, 2019 to Sun, December 15, 2019
Exhibition open to the public Tuesday – Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine, Jan. 30, 2020–Aug. 2, 2020

*Please note this exhibit will be closed on the following dates:

Thursday, November 28, Friday, November 29 – Thanksgiving Holiday



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