AAM AND PREMIUM BRAND CITIZENS OF HUMANITY LAUNCH LIMITED-EDITION, MARGARET KILGALLEN–INSPIRED CAPSULE COLLECTION IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ARTIST’S ESTATE AND ON OCCASION OF KILGALLEN’S FIRST COMPREHENSIVE US MUSEUM SURVEY EXHIBITION: THAT’S WHERE THE BEAUTY IS.
Exclusive line incorporates artisanal processes, screen-printing, and embroidery of motifs in works on view to echo Kilgallen’s unique aesthetic. Collection available beginning Saturday, February 16, at AAM Shop & Citizens of Humanity website.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASPEN, COLORADO (February 2018) — The Aspen Art Museum (AAM), in partnership with Los Angeles–based premium brand Citizens of Humanity and the estate of late exhibiting artist Margaret Kilgallen (1967–2001) are pleased to announce the launch of a seven-piece, limited-edition, estate-licensed, Margaret Kilgallen–inspired capsule clothing/accessories collection. The collection is launched in conjunction with the AAM’s current presentation of Margaret Kilgallen’s exhibition, that’s where the beauty is., on view through Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Gallery 1.
Featuring motifs from Kilgallen artworks applied using both artisanal screen-print and embroidery processes, the Citizens of Humanity Margaret Kilgallen capsule collection consists of three T-shirts, a denim jacket, jeans, and two distinct tote bag designs. There are less than twenty of each item within the collection available for retail purchase exclusively at the AAM Shop or online at Citizens of Humanity’s website (citizensofhumanity.com) beginning Saturday, February 16, 2019. Collection purchasers also receive a complimentary September 2018 collector’s “Women’s Issue” edition of Citizens of Humanity’s editorial publication, HUMANITY, which features a tribute to Kilgallen.
MARGARET KILGALLEN: THAT’S WHERE THE BEAUTY IS.
Conceived in close collaboration with the late American artist’s estate, the AAM exhibition, that’s where the beauty is., brings to light the astonishing visual complexity of Kilgallen’s short career, highlighting the major themes that unify her multilayered practice. that’s where the beauty is., pairs key works from the collections of Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with never-before-seen works, to re-create versions of pivotal presentations, including her first solo show at New York’s Drawing Center (1997); her first museum exhibition held during her lifetime, Hammer Projects: Margaret Kilgallen (2001); and her final installation, Main Drag, created for the exhibition East Meets West at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia (2001). The exhibition is curated by former AAM Senior Curator Courtenay Finn, and represents both the first posthumous museum exhibition of Kilgallen’s work to date, and most inclusive since her 2005 show, In the Sweet Bye & Bye, at REDCAT, Los Angeles. The AAM show title is taken directly from an interview for PBS’s long-running Art21 program in which Kilgallen stated: “I do everything by hand. I don’t project or use anything mechanical, because even though I do spend a lot of time trying to perfect my line work and my hand, my hand will always be imperfect because it’s human… I think it’s the part that’s off that’s interesting... And I think that’s where the beauty is.”
Margaret Kilgallen’s that’s where the beauty is., will be accompanied by a fully illustrated AAM publication providing an in-depth look at the artist’s work through full-color images, archival photography of previous exhibitions and installations, ephemera and scholarship, and newly commissioned essays and interviews. (Spring 2019)
About Margaret Kilgallen (1967–2001)
Born in 1967 in Washington, DC, Margaret Kilgallen grew up in Kensington, MD, where she became immersed in American folk traditions ranging from bluegrass to Amish quilting. She went on to pursue her interest in art and received a BA in printmaking and studio art from Colorado College in 1989. In Colorado, Kilgallen explored woodcut, letterpress, and etching, embracing printmaking’s rich history of communication with both image and type. After moving to San Francisco, where she became enamored with the city’s hand-painted shop signs, colorful murals, and handcrafted modes of advertising, she also became known for her association with the Bay Area Mission School—a loosely associated group of artists from the early 1990s—and for her inclusion in the exhibition Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture (2004–6).
Kilgallen fervently believed women should be more visible within the visual landscape and was steadfast in her celebration of the achievements and beauty of women who had been forgotten, ignored, or never fully recognized. Her artwork continues to address culturally and socially important topics—making heroic those who live and work in the margins, and challenging traditional gender roles and hierarchies.
The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Our innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, immersive activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society.
Established in 2003, Citizens of Humanity has captivated the fashion world with a rigorous commitment to cutting edge denim styling, comfort and fit without compromise. The company designs, markets and produces Citizens of Humanity in a full vertical facility to ensure the product is unparalleled. Citizens of Humanity is distributed in more than 35 countries including high-end specialty boutiques such as 10 Corso Como, Club Monaco, Trilogy, and Anthropologie; online at Moda Operandi, Shopbop.com, SSENSE, Revolve, MyTheresa.com, and Need Supply, as well as in luxury department stores Nordstrom and Selfridges. For more information, please visit www.citizensofhumanity.com.
CURRENTLY ON VIEW
Elmgreen & Dragset: It’s Never Too Late to Say Sorry, November 16, 2018–May 19, 2019; Lost Without Your Rhythm, November 16, 2018–February 24, 2019; Robert Montgomery: The City in Their Echo, December 21, 2018–May 19, 2019; Zombies: Pay Attention!, December 21, 2018–May 5, 2019; Nina Katchadourian: Twitchers and Cheaters, January 12–May 19, 2019; Margaret Kilgallen: that’s where the beauty is., January 12–June 16, 2019
UPCOMING (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Gabriel Rico, March 9–June 16, 2019; Etel Adnan: Another Weather, June 7–October 6, 2019; Erika Verzutti, June 7–October 6, 2019; Oscar Tuazon, June 7–December 1, 2019; Rashid Johnson, July 4–November 3, 2019; John Armleder, July 5–December 15, 2019.
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