Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor examines clothing in art as symbols of power and identity. At once functional and aesthetic, garments are worn to protect the body from the elements, enhance the beauty of the wearer, establish rank in society, and signal to others our differences or similarities. Garments also point to interpersonal issues and conditions as well as larger societal and cultural concerns. Works in this exhibition reveal how artists use concepts and images of clothing to relay compelling messages about gender, age, ethnicity, history, profession and the world around us in general.
More than 50 artists are represented in the exhibition, including Christian Boltanski, Joseph Beuys, Nick Cave, Jim Dine, Robert Longo, Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Mosse, Catherine Opie, Ebony G. Patterson and Andy Warhol. Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor is accompanied by a 64-page catalog, produced for the exhibition and published by the museum.
Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor at the Tucson Museum of Art is made possible with generous support of the Kautz Family Foundation, TMA’s Contemporary Art Society, and Betsy and Frank Babb. Additionally, deepest thanks to the Museum’s 2017/2018 Exhibition Season Sponsors, Connie Hillman Family Foundation, I. Michael and Beth Kasser, Anne Y. Snodgrass, BMO Private Bank, and AC Hotel Tucson.