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RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground

Start Date 08 November 2012
End Date 22 December 2012
Venue Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Location Los Angeles, USA
Curator Cesar Padilla
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins

RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground, explores the art and influence of punk rock on design and culture. Curated by Cesar Padilla, artist, musician, collector, and punk rock enthusiast, RIPPED includes 150 band T-shirts, photographs, posters, and related ephemera from the punk, post-punk and indie rock eras. Based on Padilla’s 2010 book, Ripped: T-shirts from the Underground, the exhibition documents the band T-shirt as a method of communication and self-expression in the pre-Internet era. RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground is sponsored by Cherry Resource Center.

The opening night of RIPPED on November 8 will be held in conjunction with LA’s popular Downtown Art Walk. Live performances by Lydia Lunch with Retrovirus and the Ritchie White Orchestra. Readings by Roddy Bottum of Faith No More, Kari Krome of the Runaways, Nicole Panter, former manager of the Germs, and other contributors to Ripped: T-shirts from the Underground. This free event will be in Grand Hope Park, adjacent to the FIDM Museum.

RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground opens to the public on November 8, closing on December 22, 2012. The FREE exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am–5pm.

Image © Fashion Institute of Fashion and Merchandising, photographer Plasticgod.