Refashioning: CFGNY & Wataru Tominaga | David Medalla: In Conversation with the Cosmos
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Sunday, June 9 at 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Ends Aug 4, 2024
Refashioning: CFGNY & Wataru Tominaga Refashioning presents two project spaces from transdisciplinary artists and fashion designers Concept Foreign Garments New York (CFGNY) and Wataru Tominaga. Featuring garments, accessories, and textile works, the exhibition examines the ways in which these two practices—one based in New York, the other in Tokyo—challenge preconceived notions of gender and identity, and in particular what the artists describe as “vaguely Asian” aesthetics. These site-specific interventions consist of pre-existing and new work that explores how fashion can be approached as a medium with a unique capacity to reveal sociopolitical histories that are quite literally waged on the body. Refashioning: CFGNY and Wataru Tominaga was organized by Japan Society, New York, New York and curated by Tiffany Lambert, Curator and Interim Director, Japan Society. The presentation at the Hammer is organized by Erin Christovale, curator, with Nika Chilewich, curatorial assistant, and Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi, curatorial associate. Generous support for Refashioning: CFGNY and Wataru Tominaga is provided by Sonya Yu. Additional support provided by Thomas Lavin. - David Medalla: In Conversation with the Cosmos In Conversation with the Cosmos is the first comprehensive survey in the United States dedicated to the late Filipino artist David Medalla (1938–2020). The exhibition contextualizes the elusive and experimental practice of an artist whose pioneering work spanned kinetic, performance, and participatory art movements. Medalla’s life and work cultivated intimate forms of exchange between collaborators, friends, and lovers in the service of “cosmic propulsions,” “Impromptus,” and other otherworldly propositions. Beginning with paintings and drawings from the late 1950s and concluding with the works he produced before his death, In Conversation with the Cosmos presents the accumulations of a creative life imbued with an anti-institutional ethos and a commitment to impermanence and change. David Medalla: In Conversation with the Cosmos is organized by Aram Moshayedi, interim chief curator, with Nyah Ginwright, curatorial assistant. Major support for David Medalla: In Conversation with the Cosmos is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Generous support is provided by Karen Hillenburg, and Christine Meleo Bernstein and Armyan Bernstein. Additional support is provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, David Regan and Edgar Cervantes, John Auerbach and Edward Tang, Beth and Ken Karmin, and Edward Lee.
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