Fashioning the Grotesque Body

by Francesca Granata


Leigh Bowery at the 1994 Lucian Freud Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Don Pollard

This Thursday, January 26, I am giving a talk titled “Fashioning the Grotesque Body,” at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, in which I will discuss the work of Leigh Bowery and Rei Kawakubo. The talk, which is taking place in conjunction with the exhibition Textility, is free and open to the public. Below is some more information on the center and the talk:

“The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will feature Francesca Granata, ADHT Professor of Fashion Studies, in their Spring 2012 season of Thursday Evening Salon Series on January 26. The series, now in its fifth season, functions as a forum for current topics in the arts, humanities and the social sciences with artists, curators, philosophers and writers.

Dr. Granata’s discussion, called “Fashioning the Grotesque Body,” will focus on the proliferation of grotesque images of the body within contemporary fashion and will explore the link between art and fashion through the work of experimental designer Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons to the designer and performance artist Leigh Bowery.”

Thursday Evening Salon Series
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
Spring 2012 Season: January 12-May 17
7:30pm-9:00pm
68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ
Free to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
Phone: 908.273.9121

Posted in Designers, Exhibitions, Lectures, Museums


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