In Chicago, An Interactive Art Exhibit Deconstructs Blue Jeans In More Ways Than One (Photos)


Garment Work, 2010. Anne Elizabeth Moore. Photo: MCA Chicago

In Garment Work, an interactive exhibit on view now at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), artist Anne Elizabeth Moore uses the tradition of storytelling to deconstruct what you know about America's staple fashion item: blue jeans.

Part of MCA's UBS 12 X 12 exhibition series, the artist and visitors take apart the final product, a pair of jeans, by hand while Moore shares their history, from the Cambodia garment manufacturing industry to the Michigan Avenue store where the jeans were purchased.


Like a quilting circle, Moore sits with visitors and presents research on the origin of the jeans and tells and story of their makers and sellers. It is a "meditation on the international garment trade and women's issues in developing nations," according to the exhibition website.

It's interesting how Moore brings the art of deconstruction to connect the pieces, forcing viewers to look at a pair of jeans differently. It's like a science project, when you dissect something, you never see it the same way again.


All photos: courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

The interactive exhibit, which features both a discussion and a workshop, takes part twice-weekly and runs through August 27th. Visit MCA Chicago for a list of upcoming performances -- there's even one tonight at 5:30pm so hop to it.

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