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Abigail Glaum-Lathbury in After Gucci (photo courtesy of Ms. Glaum-Lathbury).
Zephyr director/choreographer Michelle Kranicke, architect David Sundry, and designer/artist Abigail Glaum-Lathbury collaborate on After Gucci (working title), a multifaceted exhibition March 28–April 26 at Zephyr’s space SITE/less, 1250 W. Augusta Boulevard, Chicago.
The three collaborators will transform SITE/less, functioning as an exhibition and a forum for critical dialogue, into a laboratory for new ways of thinking about design, architecture and movement. Sundry is collaborating with Glaum-Lathbury to create an architectural installation set up as a critical examination of luxury fashion, fast fashion and architecture to question the constructs of authenticity and how the virtual world is upending those constructs.
After Gucci is the first full-scale exhibition of Glaum-Lathbury’s newest work, The Genuine Unauthorized Clothing Clone Institute (Project G.U.C.C.I.). Exploring the boundaries of authorship, ownership and access, the work seeks to engage in a critical reevaluation of luxury. Glaum-Lathbury combines selfies of luxury-brand clothing with original garment designs to create parodied digital clothing files and invites individuals to download them free and use them to create their own designs, digitally print the transformed work onto fabric, and sew their own luxury garments.
Kranicke is presenting dance and movement that consider the theme of authenticity and question ideas of authorship through the lens of ephemeral and time-based practices. Among the works is a reimagining of her 2015 work Study #2—Not the Madison Dance, But a Love LetterJust the Same, featuring choreography that grew and developed from a dance sequence in Jean-Luc Godard's film Bande à Part. The lifted dance was itself a common American line dance that Godard translated to French cinema.
Lectures, workshops, and panel discussions throughout the month-long exhibition address issues such as the creation of authenticity, the mobilization of intellectual property law to enforce social hierarchy, and do-it-yourself sewing workshops.
“After Gucci is a proposition for a new way of realizing digital desire,” said Glaum-Lathbury. “Offering luxury fashion as a prompt, or new beginning, the exhibition explores the construction of the self, value, and the changing nature of our virtual (and real) desires.”
After Gucci opens Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. and continues through April 26
at SITE/less, 1250 W. August Blvd., Chicago. Gallery hours, performance times, and ticket information will be available at siteless.org in January 2019.