"Fashion + Film: The 1960s Revisited" Exhibition

CUNY Graduate Center

poster for "Fashion + Film: The 1960s Revisited" Exhibition

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Focusing on the 1960s, this multimedia exhibition will explore the cross-cultural relations between a number of European countries’ cinematography and fashion and their reception in modern US culture. In particular, the show will present for the first time archival materials such as photographs, costume sketches, interviews with stars, (Archivio San Biagio, Cesena and Roberto Palmas archive), Italian TV commercials from RAI, the Italian State Television company; as well as feature films by Federico Fellini ("La Dolce Vita;" "8 1/2"), Michelangelo Antonioni’s ("L’Avventura," "La Notte," "Red Desert," "Blow Up," "Zabriskie Point"), Jean Luc Godard ("Breathless;" "Contempt"), Luchino Visconti’s ("Rocco and his Brothers"), Pier Paolo Pasolini,("Accattone," "Teorema"), Elio Petri, ("The 10th Victim"), Ingmar Bergman ("Persona"); and clothing in the style of the period. The juxtaposition of this rich and diverse material along with film screenings will allow viewers to critically revisit one of the most important and innovative decades of the twentieth century. A symposium featuring internationally renowned scholars in the fields of film, art, and fashion such as Adriana Berselli, the costume designer who worked with Antonioni’s "L’Avventura," will explore the multifaceted relationship between fashion and film and their impact on the construction and projection of personal and collective identities and style. Testifying to the enormous impact the 1960s and its aesthetics has had on contemporary culture is the popularity of a TV show such as "Mad Men" and recent feature films such as Lone Scherfig’s "An Education" or Tom Ford’s "A Single Man," both set in the 1960s. 2010 will also mark the fiftieth anniversary of films such as "La Dolce Vita" by Federico Fellini and "L’Avventura" by Michelangelo Antonioni, "Rocco and his Brothers," by Luchino Visconti and "Breathless" (Jean Luc Godard), which made known to the world and especially US audiences, Italian and European culture, style, and identity. The exhibition will, in fact, explore the European-US connection in cinema and fashion, two major industries that always feed off each other. The James Gallery's location on New York's major midtown thoroughfare, in a building that once housed the historic B. Altman Department store, makes it a perfect fit for this exhibition, which will explore the interactions between geographic spaces (cities and countries); public spaces, the street, the movie theatre, the department store, and private spaces through the viewing of films where clothes are in action.



from March 12, 2010 to May 01, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-03-11 from 17:30 to 19:30

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