Katherine E. Nash Gallery
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Breaking Silence: Design for a Changing World
January 19 - March 26, 2021
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Covid-19 and fashion are not, in fact, antagonists. Rather, they are in dialogue, for they are natural interlocutors. They both live at the intersection of culture and the body. - Rhonda Garelick
Breaking Silence: Design for a Changing World features diverse esthetics that share a commitment to the essential role design can play as we navigate the challenges of our time. This exhibition is a collaboration with the College of Design’s Apparel Design Program and the Goldstein Museum of Design. The Apparel Design Program has contributed the work of 12 designers, all of whom are candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in Spring 2021. Lizzy Cobb, Noah Garon, Annie Holmes, Jahanvi Kamra, Mia Minnema, Thao Nguyen, Lauren Nicol, Wendy Sandoval, Chia Thao, Darunee Thao, Chong Xiong, and Xilin Yang offer their individual and unique perspectives as they complete the Bachelor of Science Apparel Design Program. Collectively, they confront and reflect upon the systemic issues in the fashion industry, utilizing the power of design to meet the needs of a changing world.
Seventeen handbags from the Goldstein Museum of Design's collection reflect the innovation and challenges of 100 years of plastics as a design material. This selection of elegant purses from the permanent collection of the GMD includes designers André Courrèges, Halston, Harveys, Charles Jourdan, Loop Designs, Pixie Mood, and Louis Vuitton.
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery has invited Professor Brenda J. Child and Minneapolis designer Ka Oskar Ly to share their research and creative practices. The inspiring history of the Jingle Dress Dance Tradition is the subject of a documentary by Brenda J. Child, Northrop Professor of American Studies. This film is seen alongside three glorious jingle dresses shared by University of Minnesota students Summer DuMarce, Jaeden King, and Benay McNamara. Watch the full documentary.
The stunning Queer Hmong French American esthetic of Ka Oskar Ly’s garment design is on display and explored in photographs by Nancy Musinguzi. View the selection of photographs.
Support the Apparel Design Class of 2021 and create a pathway for emerging designers to adapt to a changing world!
In addition to designing a fashion line, the Apparel Design senior class is responsible for raising all of the funds in order to produce an annual fashion show. Traditionally they host a fashion show to celebrate and jumpstart their careers in the industry, however, due to COVID19 they are unable to host their monumental fashion show experience. But they haven't lost hope! They are pivoting to an all-digital showcase event in the spring with an incredible new opportunity to partner with Fashion Week MN.
Ticket sales from the fashion show usually cover the costs for professional portfolios and photography, however this year, it is not possible to raise money in the same way. These emerging designers need your help more than ever to bring their creative visions to life. Your generous contribution helps to cover the costs of professional photography, videography, an art gallery experience, portfolio development, and a one-of-a-kind opportunity to work with Fashion Week MN. Donate here by February 15th!
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Mission & History
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is a research laboratory for the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. We believe the visual arts have the capacity to interpret, critique and expand on all of human experience.
Professor Katherine "Katy" E. Nash (1910–1982), a faculty member of the Department of Art from 1961–1976, proposed that the Student Union create a university art gallery. Founded in 1979, the gallery moved to its current location in the Regis Center for Art in 2003. Learn more about the remarkable life and work of Professor Nash.
Regis Center for Art (East)
405 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Accessibility & Parking
We are accessible via Metro Transit's Blue Line, Green Line, Bus route 2, and Bus route 7. Parking is available nearby on the street, at the 21st Avenue South ramp, 5th Street South lot, and 19th Avenue South ramp.