Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator


Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2006.
Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2006.


On view
Jan 21, 2006 to Apr 9, 2006

The many functions of clothing vary culturally, geographically, and through history. This exhibition highlights the ways in which artists go beyond the everyday utility of clothing, and instead use garments as a format to critique standard notions about clothing, fashion, and society, and to invent new forms of communication between wearers, their clothes, and the fashion system.

The exhibition included historical work, contemporary projects new proposals, and interactive and wearable editions, some commissioned specifically for this project. 

Pattern Langugage: Clothing as Communicator was organized by Tufts University Art Gallery in Medford, MA. Exhibiting artists include Mike Arauz, The Art Guys with Todd Oldham (Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing), Joseph Beuys, Ecke Bonk, Cat Chow, Alba D'Urbano, Michelle Fornabai, Alicia Framis, Hope Ginsburg, Patrick Killoran, Patricia Le, Issey Miyake, Andrew Mowbray, Yoko Ono, Lucy Orta, Maggie Orth/EmilyCooper/Derek Lockwood, John Perrault, Jody Pinto, J. Morgan Puett/Suzanne Bocanegra, Ramses Rapadas, Galya Rosenfeld, James Rosenquist, Yinka Shonibare, Mimi Smith, Emily Sontag, Studio5050, and Rosemarie Trockel.

More information on the exhibition, publication, and tour can be found on the Tufts University Art Gallery exhibition site.


Curated by Judith Hoos Fox

Sponsored in part by Fred and Donna Giertz; with in-kind support provided by Hampton Inn

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