Fashion and Race: The Racialized Body and Fashionability

by Kimberly M. Jenkins

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October 2018 – November 2018

This section of “Fashion and Race: Deconstructing Ideas, Reconstructing Identities” interrogates the elaborate, pseudoscientific methods that were introduced in the 18th and 19th centuries to elucidate human evolution, including the Western encounter of the Other. Ultimately, the social construct of “race” was designed to discern difference, citizenship, and, in the context of this exhibition, fashionability. The artists featured here reconsider and disarrange the antiquated rubric of fashionability, using construction and illustration to address or correct racist notions of the Black body.

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