Currently on view: Exhibitions to see this Spring in the NYC Tri-State Area

Here is a list of current fashion/style/culture related exhibitions, both small and large, organized by city.  Please feel free to add more suggestions to the comments area of this post.


WHAT: Secret Life of Textiles: Synthetics

WHERE: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

WHEN: March 6th, 2017 – April 4, 2017


Curated by Sarah Scaturro (Costume Institute Conservator) and Leanne Tonkin (Costume Institute Fellow), The Secret Life of Textiles: Synthetics is the final exhibition in a series of textiles as seen through the conservator’s eyes. On view are objects from the Costume Institute’s collection that illuminate the department’s holdings and conservation approach.”

HASHTAG: #secretlifeoftextiles

WHAT: Sara Berman’s Closet

WHERE: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

WHEN: March 6, 2017 – September 5, 2017


The meticulously organized, modest closet in which Sara Berman (1920–2004)—an immigrant who traveled from Belarus to Palestine to New York—kept her all-white apparel and accessories both contained her life and revealed it. Inspired by the beauty and meaning of Berman’s closet, the artists Maira and Alex Kalman (who are also Berman’s daughter and grandson) have recreated the closet and its contents as an art installation.”

HASHTAG: #SaraBermansCloset

WHAT: From the Imperial Theatre: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th Centuries

WHERE: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

WHEN: June 25, 2016 – October 9, 2017


Drawn entirely from The Met collection, this exhibition examines these luxury textiles from artistic and technical points of view. It is organized in two rotations. The first focuses on costumes used in dramas based on historical events; and the second will feature costumes from plays derived from legends and myths. The presentation showcases eight robes, each of which was created for a specific role—court lady, official, general, monk, nun, and immortal. A set of album leaves faithfully depicting theatrical characters wearing such robes is also displayed.”

HASHTAG: #ChineseOperaCostumes

WHAT: Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond

WHERE: The Museum at the FIT, New York, NY

WHEN: March 7, 2017- April 1, 2017


“Organized by the graduate students in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s MA program in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice, with the support of Sarah Byrd, Ariele Elia, and Emma McClendon.”

HASHTAG: #AdrianBeyond

WHAT: Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture

WHERE: Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

WHEN: March 2, 2017- August 20, 2017


“Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture celebrates the handmade fashion and style of the 1960s and 1970s.”

HASHTAG: #CounterCouture

WHAT: Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse

WHERE: Cooper Hewitt, New York, NY

WHEN: Now until April 23, 2017


Offering creative, alternative approaches to confronting textile waste, Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse presents the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process. Through more than forty works, the exhibition explores key facets of sustainability, such as the efficient use of materials and resources, the preservation of local craft traditions, and the integration of new technologies in the recycling process.”

HASHTAG: #TextileScraps

WHAT: Black Cowboy

WHERE: Studio Museum, New York, NY

WHEN: November 17, 2016 – April 2, 2017


“Mention the word “cowboy,” and the image that most often comes to mind—from American paintings, vintage films and television shows—is a lone ranger astride a noble white horse overlooking the plains of the Wild West. The exhibition Black Cowboy is a contribution toward overcoming the historical omission of African-American communities with long histories of keeping and training horses, and toward demonstrating that their tradition is alive and well today. Visitors to the exhibition will find cowboys in unexpected locations—riding down a busy city avenue, for example—or in complex situations, such as a rodeo held within the confines of a state prison. The images will show that African-American children and women, too, can take on the aura of this figure, who symbolizes our country’s independence and stoic pride. Black Cowboy expands our idea of what constitutes an American icon and legacy, and complicates a narrative that has been tightly woven into our popular culture. Black Cowboy is organized by Amanda Hunt, Associate Curator.”

WHAT: Gilded New York

WHERE: Museum of the City of New York

WHEN: Ongoing


“Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before.”



WHAT: Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

WHERE: Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

WHEN: March 3, 2017 – July 23, 2017


Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern takes a new look at how the renowned modernist artist proclaimed her progressive, independent lifestyle through a self-crafted public persona—including her clothing and the way she posed for the camera. The exhibition expands our understanding of O’Keeffe by focusing on her wardrobe, shown for the first time alongside key paintings and photographs. It confirms and explores her determination to be in charge of how the world understood her identity and artistic values.”

HASHTAG: #okeeffemodern

Jersey City, NJ

WHAT: Han Youngsoo: Photographs of Seoul 1956-1963

WHERE: ICP at Mana, Jersey City, NJ

WHEN: February 24 – June 9, 2017


“This exhibition is the first major U.S. showing of the work of Korean photographer Han Youngsoo, who captured the dramatic transformation of Seoul in the years after the end of the Korean War.”


*Text, images, and screenshots are from the institutions’ exhibition websites.

Compiled by the 2017-2018 FTC SIG Moderators.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s