Workwear (Abiti da Lavoro)
@ Center Space
1104 S. Wabash Ave, Floor 2, Chicago, IL 60605
Opening Thursday, June 23rd, from 6PM - 8PM
On view through Saturday, July 30th
This exhibition investigates work clothes made for imaginary professions. Originally produced by the Triennale di Milano and curated by Italian designer Alessandro Guerriero, Workwear (Abiti da Lavoro) features objects generated by an interdisciplinary set of creatives coming from the disparate fields of art, architecture, design, and fashion. Many of the garments on display are actually not meant to be worn, but instead are intended to be an exploration of how labor, industrialization, globalization, fashion, and the individual intersect.
Participating artists and designers include Afran, Rodrigo Almeida, Alberto Aspesi, Gentucca Bini, Denise Bonapace, Andrea Branzi, Cano, Nacho Carbonel, Klaudio Cetina, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Dea Curic, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Elio Fiorucci, Nuala Goodman, Matteo Guarnaccia, Daniele Innamorato, Mella Jaarsma, Toshiyuiki Kita, Guda Koster, Colomba Leddi, Antonio Marras, Franco Mazzucchelli, Alessandro Mendini, Angela Missoni, Issey Miyake, Amba Molly, Frédérique Morrel, Margherita Palli, Lucia Pescador, Clara Rota, Andrea Salvetti, Nanni Strada, Tarshito Strippoli, Faye Toogood, Otto von Busch, Vivienne Westwood, Allan Wexler, Erwin Wurm, and Melissa Zexter.
The Chicago edition of Workwear was designed by Meg Duguid along with Columbia College Chicago students Ty Wubbenhorst and Erika van Veggel, and created with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago.
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