World of Wearable Art exhibit at Seattle's MoPop

World of Wearable Art exhibit at Seattle’s MoPop

I recently wrote about the Yves St Laurent exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, but there is another fashion exhibit currently showing in the city at the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly known as the Experience Music Project).  A friend and I went to see the World of Wearable Art show which features winning looks from New Zealand’s international design competition.  The fashions all were constructed using unconventional materials — fiberglass, wood veneer, plastic, old tires, etc.  These artists’ imaginations are off the charts!  I loved the hybrid offerings, a marriage of art and fashion.  Here are a few samples:

Warrior outfit made of tires

Wood veneer

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The venue, a building designed by Frank Gehry, is as stunning as the exhibits in the show:

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The Museum of Pop Culture is on the grounds of the Seattle Center.  Just look for the Space Needle, which stands as sentry over the grounds.

Space Needle

Space Needle

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“I don’t think all buildings have to be iconic, but the history of the world has shown us that cultures build iconic buildings for their major public buildings.”
— Frank Gehry, architect

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis opened in 1993

As a followup to yesterday’s post about interesting buildings, I offer these photos of the Weisman Art Museum on the campus of the University of Minnesota.  I made my first trip there last March.

I like the intriguing sculptural shape of this building, which was designed by Frank Gehry several years before his more famous Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (1997) and Seattle’s Experience Music Project (2000).  It stands on the east bank of the Mississippi River and its fluid shape and reflective skin seem appropriate to housing creative works of art, which also often stretch the mind.

“Creativity is about play and a kind of willingness to go with your intuition.  It’s crucial to an artist. If you know where you are going and what you are going to do, why do it?”
— Frank Gehry

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