Body Armor

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Ana Pellicer: Vestuario Para Nahui Ollin, 1999 © Image courtesy the artist and House of Gaga, Mexico City and Los Angeles
Body Armor
Curated by: Jocelyn Miller

22-25 Jackson Ave
11101 Long Island City
June 3rd, 2018 - September 9th, 2018
Opening: June 3rd, 2018 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Thu-Mon 12-6


The four artists in Body Armor—Maryam Hoseini, Zadie Xa, Delilah Montoya, and Ana Pellicer—present approaches to bodily adornment in contemporary life, placing focus on the garments and objects we wear to signal belonging, confer status, or project strength. Wearable ornaments have distinguished their owners for centuries across global cultures, embellishing appearance, granting access, and enhancing power. These distinctive markers allow individuals to move fluidly through a range of identities, operating as instruments of social influence that participate in a shared cultural language predicated on existing hierarchies and stereotypes.

Body Armor reimagines these adornments, and critiques the traditional, often colonial, contexts in which they are deployed. Pushing the boundaries of how we construe femininity across a range of cultures, geographies, and generations, these four artists trace the various ways these symbols work both in public and private space to define features of our cultural life, sense of self, social rankings, and communities.

Body Armor is organized by Jocelyn Miller, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1.

The exhibition is made possible by The Tom Slaughter Exhibition Fund.

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