Wearable Art: This is the Visual Legacy of the Hippie Movement

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Artists work in a multitude of mediums. Off the Wall: American Art to Wear celebrates statements that double as wardrobe. You could call these pieces “wearable art,” but they’re much more than that: Each captures the zeitgeist of self-expression that began in the 1960s and has been a part of the fabric of America ever since.

The exhibit is ensconced at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through May. Themes range from “The Times They Are A Changin’” (after the Bob Dylan classic) to “Everybody’s Talkin’” (Nilsson’s counterculture ode from the first X-rated movie, Midnight Cowboy).

Featured designers include Julie Schafler Dale, whose Madison Avenue collection at Jule Artisans Gallery closed in 2013 — after 40 years of celebrating one of a kind wearable art created by American artists. Can’t make it to Philly? Check out the book of the same name co-published by the museum and Yale University Press. philamuseum.org

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Last modified: December 13, 2019