April 2017 Art Diary: Must-visit exhibitions happening this month

APRIL 2017 art exhibitions, a look at fashion waste

APRIL 2017 art exhibitions, a look at fashion waste at Cooper Hewitt

Easter holidays are on the horizon, and whether you are seeking fashion inspiration, or a break from fashion studies, we’ve rounded up some cool exhibitions, which look at the evolution of fashion, fashion innovation, radical politics, and the importance of society’s myriad voices. In addition to being intriguing to the eye, the art presented in these exhibitions can be used as a vehicle for education as well. Whether it explores the history of the past or highlights innovative practices, there’s an art exhibition out there for you. WGSN contributor Cassandra Mitrani rounds up the exhibitions to check out.

Add these to your calendars now:


Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York 

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse 

Now through Sunday, April 23, 2017

Luisa Cevese working on “Spreads Threads” mat © Luisa Cevese Riedizioni


Sustainability has become increasingly important in today’s society, and the fashion industry is no exception to this. Scraps showcases the work of three designers from around the world who put sustainable design at the core of their fashion business. Luisa Cevese of Riedizioni in Milan, Christian Kim of dosa inc. in Los Angeles and Reiko Sudo, the managing director of NUNO in Tokyo each found ways to rework leftover textile materials and integrate them into stunning pieces that preserved local craft traditions. These designers also used new technologies to aid them in the recycling process, making the forty piece exhibit a must-see for everyone interested in sustainable design.



Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85

April 21-September 17, 2017


Love Feminism? Love History? This exhibit is for you. We Wanted a Revolution focuses on the social, political, cultural and aesthetic priorities of women of colour during the beginning of second-wave feminism. Telling a different narrative from the mainstream, white middle-class feminist movement, this exhibition reveals the experiences and voices of black women in relation to race, art, politics and feminism between 1965 and 1985. The exhibit blends history and art by featuring both artists and activists who lived during this time, telling their stories through a range of multi-media including performance, film, sculptures, and printmaking. We Want a Revolution is part of a yearlong series celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center of Feminist Art.



Tate Modern, London

Queer British Art: 1861-1967

April 5-October 1, 2017


Tate Modern is putting on their first exhibition focusing solely on queer British art. Queer British Art aligns with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales and explores works from important moments in LGBTQ history, from the abolition of the death penalty for sodomy in 1861 to the passing of the Sexual Offences Act in 1967. Viewers and artists discover and analyse their own personal desires, experiences and senses of self at times where huge waves of change were occurring to gender and sexuality, forever changing the landscape of queer culture.


MAD Museum, New York

Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture

Now thru-August 20, 2017


Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture- Photo by Jenna Bascom

The 60s and 70s were a monumental time for fashion, culture and politics in the United States. With the Civil Rights Movement to the Vietnam War as well as Jackie Kennedy and Farrah Fawcett making headlines and covering magazine across the country. Within the frenzy of the time, a new generation found themselves rejecting American ideals and fostering a desire to move away from mass-market consumerism and into self-reliance. Counter-Couture celebrates the homemade designs of artists during this time with tie-dye, embroidery and patchwork being just a few of the many DIY techniques they used for custom creations. Every day was a revolution for the followers of the counter culture, and their wearable art was their form of expressing where they stood politically and personally. The exhibition is split up into five sections: Funk & Flash, Levi’s Denim Art Contest, Couture, Performance, and Psychedelic Style, each exploring a different facet of the Counterculture experiment.



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