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2018–2019 Artmobile Exhibition

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center

Who What Wear

From a plain white t-shirt to an haute-couture evening gown, every piece of clothing is conceived through the artistic imagination of a designer. Both visual art and fashion tell stories through images and convey meaning through visual language, but fashion is an art which is lived. As soon as we don an item of clothing, we become a part of its story and it a part of ours. We give garments their meaning and they in turn help us to develop an identity that is then projected onto the world stage. Who What Wear presents a tailored collection of original artworks from the Arkansas Arts Center’s permanent collection. While engaging with these diverse representations of clothing, viewers are invited to try on the idea that who they are is reflected in what they wear.

2018–2019 Artmobile Curriculum Guide

Who What Wear Artwork Slideshow

Featured Works from the Exhibition

Romare Bearden, American (Charlotte, North Carolina, 1911 – 1988, New York, New York), In the Garden, from American Portfolio, 1980, color lithograph on paper, 28 1/2 x 21 inches, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Gift of Ernesto Ostheimer. 1982.028.001.001

Zuleyka Vargas Benitez, American (Panama Canal Zone, Panama, 1951 - ), Kimono and Couch, 1980, gouache and ink on paper, 8 x 7 inches, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Purchase, 23rd Annual Delta Art Exhibitoin. 1980.025.002

Birney Imes III, American (Columbus, Mississippi, 1951 - ), Prairie Chapel Baptism, Lowndes County, Mississippi, 1980, gelatin silver print, 9 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Purchase, 14th Annual Prints, Drawings and Crafts Exhibition. 1981.029.003

Willard Midgette, American (Baltimore, Maryland, 1937 – 1978, New York, New York), Hitchhiker, 1974, etching on paper, 17 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Gift of Sally Midgette. 1997.024.001

Margaret Hewlett, American (Munster, Indiana, 1959 - ), Untitled (High Heel Shoe), 1993, metallic glazed, slip-decorated, slip-cast, and hand-built whiteware, 5 3/4 x 9 x 5 inches, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Gift of Ann Nathan Gallery. 1994.023

John Hegarty, American (Hutchinson, Kansas, 1938 - ), Fred Doner, circa 1977, colored pencil on paper, 42 3/4 x 38 1/2 inches, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Purchase, Tabriz Fund and Museum Purchase Plan of the NEA. 1979.064


Sponsored by

Anthony Timberlands, Inc.

Entergy Arkansas, Inc.

Union Pacific Foundation

Arkansas Elecric Cooperative Corporation

Kum & Go

With special appreciation to the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

Arkansas Arts Center programs are supported in part by: the City of Little Rock; the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; the City of North Little Rock; and the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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