Mint Museum UPTOWN
Apr 11 2015-Sep 6 2015
/ Body Embellishment explores the most innovative artistic expression in the 21st-century international arenas of body extension, augmentation, and modification, focusing on jewelry, tattoos, nail arts, and fashion.
About The Exhibition
Body Embellishment explores the most innovative artistic expression in the 21st-century international arenas of body extension, augmentation, and modification. The areas of focus are jewelry, tattoos, nail arts, and fashion. Avant-garde jewelry consciously engages the body by intersecting and expanding the planes of the human form. Tattoos are at once on and in the body. Nail art, from manicures to pedicures, has humble origins, yet today is a discipline undergoing a great artistic resurgence. Select fashion alters or distorts the architecture of the body. The juxtaposition of these varied forms, deriving from popular culture as well as the worlds of art, craft, and design, bring to light the visual and conceptual parallels among them. The exhibition’s underlying premise is that examining collectively these most extreme and avant-garde forms of body art will illuminate the cultural meaning of body embellishment in general.
The exhibition includes approximately 100 objects by artists and designers including Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Naomi Yasuda, Stephanie Tamez, Filip Leu, Mi-Ah Rödiger, Lauren Kalman, Nora Fok, and threeASFOUR.
Body Embellishment is organized by The Mint Museum.
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The Mint Museum of Craft + Design Board of Directors is lead sponsor of Body Embellishment through their Adopt-A-Design program; major support has also been provided by The Founders’ Circle, Ltd. and US Bancorp. Exhibition organized by The Mint Museum. Media Partner: WFAE 90.7fm.