"Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video" Exhibition

International Center of Photography

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The Third ICP Triennial is a global survey of today’s most exciting and innovative photography and video art. As ICP’s signature exhibition—and the only one of its kind in America—this year’s Triennial promises to be the most dynamic yet, featuring over 100 recent works by 34 artists from 18 countries. As with previous ICP Triennials, this year’s exhibition has a thematic focus: fashion. The artists in Dress Codes understand fashion as a form of social communication, and use costume, clothing, and disguise to create a rich visual language filled with specific references to history, culture, gender, and geography. They cast a curious eye on the issues evoked by fashion and the past year’s exhibitions: How do we construct the selves that we show to the rest of the world? How is cultural identity or individuality expressed in an era of global culture? How can clothing, beauty, and style be employed to define community, fabricate fantasies, or signal power? And, in the midst of widespread economic crisis, how do we now regard the aesthetic of excess and high style that pervaded the past decade? The 2009 Triennial marks the culmination of ICP’s Year of Fashion— a series of groundbreaking exhibitions that explored fashion photography in its widest social and cultural contexts.

[Image: Mickalene Thomas "Portrait of Qusuquzah" (2008) © Mickalene Thomas, Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery]


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    saya: (2009-10-02 at 13:10)

    A huge show which made me wonder if the quieter pieces have enough room! Definitely need to go back and spend some more time with it.

    At the super crowded opening though, the works that stood out were Miyako Ishiuchi's "Mother's" series, Kalup Linzy's hilarious videos, Olga Chernysheva's black-and-white photos, Kimsooja's somewhat dizzying but utterly absorbing videos of Mumbai, Wangechi Mutu's collages, Cindy Sherman's prints (not so much for their content but how fabulously they are printed!), Thorsten Brinkmann's creepy corner and Milagros de la Torre's quietly powerful photographs of bulletproof clothing.

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