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Although Trappings starts with one question about clothing, the project is not about fashion, and to a large extent not even about clothing. It offers a platform for viewers and participants to explore their relationship to power and investigate how they evoke power. By presenting images of women to the viewer, Trappings challenges the preconceived set of ideas individuals create based on other's personal appearance.
In order to share women's dynamic responses to our project question, we created the exhibition Trappings: Stories of Women, Power and Clothing. It is a compelling, multi-media exhibition of artworks and project ephemera.The exhibition brochure includes the essay The Power of Two (pdf) by Patricia C. Phillips.
The exhibition debuted at the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA in July 2006, with support from The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation. It was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts to travel to Central Wyoming College in Riverton, WY in October 2006.
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Traveling Exhibition Schedule
Johnson and Johnson Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ
October 2009 – January 2010
516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM. June 2008
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Nicolaysen Museum and Discovery Center, Caper, WY. May 2008
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Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY. March 2008
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East Central College Gallery, Union, MO. March 2008
Trustman Art Gallery, Simmons College, Boston, MA. October 2007
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Historic Fashion Gallery, Lela Raney Wood Hall, Stephens College, Columbia, MO. March 2007
Robert A. Peck Gallery, Central Wyoming College, Riverton, WY. November 2006
Funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University,
Pittsburgh, PA. July 2006
Funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.
Trappings: Stories of Women, Power and Clothing Traveling Exhibition Installation Images