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Eckhaus Latta: Possessed

Start Date 03 August 2018
End Date 08 October 2018
Venue Whitney Museum of American Art
Location New York, USA
Curator Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta
Organized by Christopher Y. Lew, Nancy and Fred Poses and Lauri London Freedman
Exhibition display of dress
Exhibition display of dress
Exhibition display of dress
Exhibition display of tv screens
Exhibition display of dress
Exhibition display of screens

For their first solo museum exhibition, Eckhaus Latta will present a new three-part installation that embraces and brings into conversation various aspects of the fashion industry, from advertising and the consumer experience to voyeurism. The installation begins with a sequence of photographs that play on the tropes of iconic fashion photospreads, exploring how Eckhaus Latta’s unique aesthetic functions in relation to the highly polished look of the industry’s media. The core of Possessed is an operational retail environment in which visitors may touch, try on, and purchase clothing and accessories designed specifically for the show. Elements of the space—such as clothing racks, display shelves, and a dressing room—were created by more than a dozen artists with whom Eckhaus Latta has been in dialogue. The exhibition concludes with a darkened room, evocative of a security office, which features a bank of screens depicting surveillance footage. Visitors will have a voyeuristic view of the rest of the installation, as well as a glimpse into the tracking and surveillance that often accompanies the experience of shopping. 

Eckhaus Latta: Possessed is organized by Christopher Y. Lew, Nancy and Fred Poses Associate Curator, and Lauri London Freedman, head of product development. 

Major support for Eckhaus Latta: Possessed is provided by the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation. 

Additional support is provided by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner.