Upcoming Exhibits

Vincent Quevedo

Fortuna: Designs by Vincent Quevedo

Friday, May 8, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, October 25, 2020 (All day)

Vincent Quevedo is an award-winning designer and Associate Professor of the KSU Fashion School. This exhibition of recent designs and garments explores Quevedo’s inventive experiments and manipulation of materials. Discharged fabrics, real leather against faux leather, industrial cords are all cut, patched, quilted, crocheted and transformed. Fortuna , the goddess of luck and fate, embodies his willingness to be open and follow where the process will lead. Opening Reception: Thursday, May 7, 5 - 7 pm. Image: Detail, 1980s Redux, 2019, Courtesy of the designer

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Stitched: Regional Dress Across Europe

Friday, June 26, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, January 31, 2021 (All day)

Drawing from the rich collection of Kent State University Museum, this exhibition showcases common features shared by regional costume across Europe. In its original context in villages, regional dress carefully marked social and cultural differences. Religious affiliation, gender, age, and marital status were all instantly recognizable at a glance by members of the community. A person’s outfit signaled which village or region they came from. Focusing on these signs of difference obscures the common vocabulary that rural residents across Europe used to shape their clothing.

Textures: The History and Art of Black Hair

Friday, October 2, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, August 29, 2021 (All day)

Textures synthesizes research in history, fashion, art, and visual culture to reassess the “hair story” of peoples of African descent. Long a fraught topic for African Americans and others in the diaspora, Black hair is here addressed by artists, barbers, and activists in both its historical perceptions and its ramifications for self and society today. Combs, products, and implements from the collection of hair pioneer Willie Morrow are paired here with masterworks from artists including James Van Der Zee, Sonya Clark, Lorna Simpson, Mary Sibande and Zanele Muholi.