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Items: Is Fash­ion Modern? The Mu­seum of Modern Art in New York last posed the ques­tion in 1944. Sev­eral decades later, it re­vis­its the query, pre­sent­ing 111 items of cloth­ing that have had a strong im­pact on his­tory and so­ci­ety in the 20th and 21st cen­turies – and that con­tinue to hold cur­rency to­day. Among them are con­tem­po­rary pieces as well-known and trans­for­ma­tive as Levi’s 501 jeans, the Bre­ton shirt, the Ca­sio watch and the Lit­tle Black Dress, and ones that are as an­cient and cul­tur­ally charged as the sari, the pearl neck­lace, the kip­pah and the kef­fiyeh. By treat­ing each as a fo­cused lens, Items con­sid­ers the ways in which things are de­signed, man­u­fac­tured and dis­trib­uted, and pon­ders the re­la­tion­ships be­tween cloth­ing and func­tion­al­ity, cul­tural eti­quette, aes­thet­ics, pol­i­tics, labour, econ­omy and tech­nol­ogy. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Jan­uary 28, 2018.

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