Loose Threads: Susan Cianciolo with Jeppe Ugelvig
Where: New York Public Library—Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Ave.
917-275-6975 Price: Free
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The pioneering textile artist explores a body of work at the crossroads of fashion and art.
Susan Cianciolo’s clothing line, Run, was often deemed “too artsy” for the fashion world, yet it struggled to find a footing in the art world as well. In production from 1995 to 2001, Run’s collections were known to include sewing kits that invited women to create their own apparel. The idea was inspired by the family and friends who both belonged to her sewing and knitting circles—and who also helped to produce her collections.
Cianciolo’s recent work is a natural outgrowth of the original brand, with a focus on her community of creative collaborators. Run Restaurant, a month-long pop up which she first opened at Alleged Gallery in 2001, was revived in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. In his review in The New York Times, Holland Cotter likened it to “those edifying facilities proposed by the Russian Constructivist avant-garde, where peasant workers could eat and read Marx at the same time.”Buy tickets/get more info now