21c Museum Hotel is proud to announce its new exhibit on view in the heart of downtown: Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance. An opening reception will take place on Friday, August 30, 2019 and feature an artist talk with Bisa Butler, whose works of art are represented in the current exhibit, from 6-9 pm followed by performances by DJ G9 from Meraki Haus and Beyond Ballet Kids dressed by Cincinnati based fashion designer Tessa Clark. This event is free to the public, as is all cultural programming at 21c.
Bedecked and bejeweled, the figures populating Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance illuminate the complexity of contemporary identity by reaching back through history to address prevailing personal, social, and political challenges. Whether clad in the stylized garb of Enlightenment-era Europe, the traditional coverings of ancient religious tradition, or the gender-bending bling of popular culture, these representations of self and other are adorned to confront, transform, and redefine cultural visibility.
Curated by 21c Museum Director and Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites, this exhibition presents work by a pantheon of provocative and prophetic personages such as Firelei Báez, Nick Cave, Kudzanai Chiurai, Raúl de Nieves, Jeffrey Gibson, Titus Kaphar, Ebony G Patterson, Jody Paulsen, Fahamu Pecou, Berni Searle, Vivek Vilasini, Kehinde Wiley, Wilmer Wilson IV, and many others.
“These artists expose the gaps and fissures in both art and history, illuminating the mutable nature of personal and collective memory,” explains Alice Gray Stites, “For those who inherit a legacy of resisting cultural erasure, telling untold tales—lived, remembered, or imagined—remains vital.”
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