Dr. Francesca Granata, director of the MA Fashion Studies and Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design History and Theory, has contributed as an advisor to the exhibition Native Fashion Now, organized by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
The exhibition is the first of its kind in the US and is an important reassessment of the vast and varied contribution of Native Designers to American fashion from the 1950s to the present.
As the exhibition curator Karen Kramer, PEM’s Curator of Native American Art and Culture, explains: “Native American art and culture are often perceived as phenomena of the past—or just mere replicas, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Contemporary Native fashion designers are dismantling and upending familiar motifs, adopting new forms of expression and materials, and sharing their vision of Native culture and design with a global audience.”
The exhibition is currently on view at the Portland Art Museum through September 4, 2016. The exhibition then travels throughout 2016 and 2017 to the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.