Students in Susan Bandes’s Curatorial Practices course have organized the exhibition (Re) Dress: Outfitting Controversy. It will be on view from April 21-April 28, 2017 in the MSU Union Gallery, 2nd Floor on the MSU campus. Opening hours are Monday- Thursday, noon-5 p.m; Friday, noon- 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The opening reception is on April 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The exhibition explores a variety of ways in which dress defines and gives identify to a person or group of people across the globe. It features attire and images of dress from the Broad Art Museum and the MSU Museum collections dating from the late 19th century to the present day and from a variety of cultures. They are used to explore how dress can form identity wheter it is chosen or imposed and how it affects changing perceptions of the wearer. From hats to shoes, star-spangled and striped hippie jeans to a WWI uniform, the exhibition explores dress as implied or explicit controversy.
The 25 curators of this exhibition come from diverse backgrounds and span a variety of majors including art, art history, anthropology, history, media information and advertising. From these different perspectives, they came together to think about the theme in new ways.