Special Alert

Art Exhibit - Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation

  • October 22, 2016 - June 30, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • 21c Museum Hotel
  • 111 N Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701
  • 24hrs
  • FREE admission
  • (919) 956-6700
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Featuring painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, 21c Durham's upcoming exhibition, Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation includes works by 25 artists from more than a dozen countries. Bedecked and bejeweled, the figures populating Dress Up, Speak Up occupy fluid space and time, evoking past and present, fact and fiction, memory and desire, to illuminate the complexity of contemporary identity.

Whether clad in the stylized garb of Enlightenment-era Europe, the traditional coverings of ancient religious tradition, or the gender-bending bling of popular culture, these representations of self and other role-play in real time, reaching back through history to address prevailing personal, social, and political challenges. From Ebony G Patterson's families, dancers, gangstas and deceased, to the philosophers, dandies and faerie conjured by Yinka Shonibare M.B.E., to portraits derived from allegory, autobiography, and the art canon by Titus Kaphar, Berni Searle, Erwin Olaf, Vivek Vilasini, Fahamu Pecou, and others, this pantheon of provocative and prophetic personages are costumed to enact and confront the legacy of embedded experience.

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