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September 23, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nick Massella
202-994-3087; massella@gwu.edu
LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY: 202-994-1525

CLOTHING THE REBELLIOUS SOUL: REVOLUTION 1963 - 1973
NOV. 5, 2009 - JAN. 22, 2010

EVENT:  

The George Washington University's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery presents Clothing the Rebellious Soul: Revolution 1963 - 1973. The exhibition features clothing, decorative arts, photographs, archival documentation, ephemera and artifacts recalling a decade that commenced with peace and love and ended in conflict and anger.

WHEN:   

Exhibition Dates: Nov. 5, 2009 - Jan. 22, 2010
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 
WHERE:  

The George Washington University
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
Media and Public Affairs Building, 2nd Floor
805 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue and Orange lines)

WHO:   

The show is curated by Nancy Gewirz in collaboration with Mark E. Hooper of Princeton, N.J. The essay that introduces the exhibition's catalogue was written by Mrs. Gewirz and photographer and journalist Frank Van Riper. Mrs. Gewirz has a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from American University and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from The George Washington University. The clothing and events of the 1950s and 1960s have always been a great interest of hers. Mr. Hooper graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor of arts degree in archeology and art history. Mr. Van Riper covered the turbulent 1960s and 1970s as a Washington reporter for the New York Daily News. He co-authored Serenissima: Venice in Winter with Judith Goodman. Mr. Van Riper was a 1979 Nieman fellow at Harvard University.

COST: 

This exhibit is free and open to the public. Members of the media wishing to attend should contact Nick Massella at 202-994-3087 or massella@gwu.edu.

BACKGROUND:

Never-before-published vintage hippie clothing and artifacts are imaginatively displayed along with a narrative that outlines the decade 1963-1973 with an emphasis on portraying the political and social upheaval of the times. Mr. Van Riper was in Chicago during the riotous 1968 Democratic National Convention and covered virtually all of the racial and antiwar turmoil that occurred in major U.S. cities during that period. From his perspective, it was the first time in history that large and important cohorts of the population found their voice, most specifically young people, women and minorities.

From the Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, N.Y. to the Haight Ashbury, North Beach and Golden Gate Park neighborhoods of San Francisco, young people celebrated with music and personal expression, hoping for an ideal world of peace and love. These places were ideal venues for people to express themselves through their clothing. Whether handmade or bought at a thrift store, these clothes incorporated Indian, Asian, African, Mexican and Native American talismans. Denim jeans became the canvas for the rebellious soul. Clothing of the 1960s was bright, colorful, unisex and personalized to express an inner angst or euphoric joy-sometimes on the same garment. Exuberant garments as a fringed leather "flag" jacket, painted jeans, vintage love beads and tee shirts with peace signs, along with representative groupings of peace and protest pins will be displayed on mannequins. Rare historical ephemera from private collectors Gwen and Mark Hooper include an Earth Day flag for the first Earth Day demonstration, Black Panther Party newspapers, handbills, Milton Glaser's Bob Dylan poster and Sister Mary Corita Kent's Love Justice silkscreen. A "Bring the Boys Back Home" World War II helmet by a member of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War was worn at the first Moratorium March in Washington, D.C., and is one of several uniquely painted helmets which will be on display. From San Francisco, a city of dreams, to the political staging of reality in Washington, D.C., this timely exhibition melds personal adornment with media awareness of the times.

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is the professional showcase for art at GW. Luther W. Brady (B.A. '46, M.D. '48), the gallery's namesake and benefactor, is a world-renowned oncologist who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at GW. He also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from GW in May 2004 and has served as a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

For more information on the exhibit, please call GW's University Art Galleries at 202-994-1525.

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