Visit and Guided Tour:  Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love

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Visit and Guided Tour: Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love

A tour of the show "Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love" with Peabody Essex Museum curator Petra Slinkard, hosted by Society of Arts + Crafts.

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Peabody Essex Museum 161 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970

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Join the Society of Arts + Crafts for a special guided tour of "Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love".

Presenting more than 75 fully accessorized runway ensembles from the 1980s, this exhibition celebrates the career and legacy of fashion designer Patrick Kelly. Kelly was primarily self-taught, and drew inspiration from his formative experiences in the American South, his Black heritage, his days in the New York and Paris club scenes, and his personal muses. His light-hearted, sophisticated designs pushed racial and cultural boundaries, asserted Black empowerment, and expressed emotions of love and joy. The original exhibition was first presented at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2014 and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (in revised form). The PEM exhibition further examines Kelly and his work by exploring the impulses and behind his designs, his significant collection of racist memorabilia (images of which he repurposed to tell his own story), and footage from his exuberant and groundbreaking fashion shows.

The exhibition runs through November 6. So join us for a special tour with Petra Slinkard, Fashion Curator at Peabody Essex Museum.

Petra Slinkard joined PEM in 2018, following her role as Curator of Costume at the Chicago History Museum. At PEM, Slinkard fosters the growth and inclusive spirit of the museum’s celebrated fashion initiative to develop a vibrant array of exhibitions, installations and programming that celebrate the global impact and reach of fashion and textiles. Slinkard oversees the museum’s newly opened Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery of Fashion and Design and was the co-curator of Made It: The Women who Revolutionized Fashion which was organized in association with the Kunstmuseum Den Haag. She served as the coordinating curator for Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love.