“Dress Codes” closes out the International Center of Photography’s Year of Fashion with a group of artists more concerned with beauty, identity, and role play than with fashion per se. Mickalene Thomas’s giant, hyper-realistic photos show African-American women in rooms decked out in animal-print textiles and wood paneling; Nathalie Djurberg handcrafts gnarled figures that crawl, prance, and self-destruct around horrific and beautiful domestic and forest settings; and Kalup Linzy sings in Judy Garland style and affects middle-age soap-opera personalities. This selection of photos and videos from the triennial’s 34 artists includes Korean Kimsooja’s clip of men in Mumbai wringing out Indian cotton and two wild Polaroids by Jeremy Kost.
The Belt, Step 1 to 9, from the series The Smugglers, Tangier, 2006
Hastings Park, 16 July 1955, 2008
Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008
Lovely Six Foota, 2007
Mickalene Thomas Portrait of Qusuquzah, 2008
New Movements in Fashion, 2006
Jin Xing (Beijingnese, Dancer), from the series Shanghai Living, 2005
Mumbai: A Laundry Field, 2007-2008
Tabboo! NYC 2008, from the series Community of Elsewheres, 2000-present
Agnes, Red Dress, 2008
Unique dye-destruction print
SweetBerry Sonnet (Remixed), 2008
Lacrimacorpus (Zeitschneide), 2004
The Boxes (Ardis Vinklers), Ballroom II , 2005
Untitled (Lydia Hearst), 2007
Amanda Backstage at Heatherette, 2008
Sampled and LeftOva, 2009
Produced by Art Production Fund for Proenza Schouler on the occasion of Pitti W 2009
Mumbai: A Laundry Field, 2007–8
BMW Car Girls, 2004
My Blood Self: Artificial Beauty (The Mask), 2006–7
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