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Friday Nights at NOMA: Fashion Unbound, A Lecture by Francesca Granata | Lee Friedlander Gallery Talk

May 11 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday Nights at NOMA opens the museum’s doors for many interesting activities throughout the year: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more. Regular admission prices apply—NOMA members are FREE—but there is no extra charge for programs or films. All galleries, Café NOMA, and the Museum Shop remain open till 9 pm.

  • 5 – 8 pm: Art on the Spot family activity table
  • 6 – 7 pm: Gallery Talk with Curatorial Fellow Brian Piper on Lee Friedlander in Louisiana
  • 6:30 – 8 pm: Create Late (Advance registration required)
  • 7 pm: Fashion Unbound: A Lecture by Francesca Granata


Join Curatorial Fellow Brian Piper for a Gallery Talk on Lee Friedlander in Louisiana. One of the most famous living American photographers, Lee Friedlander has been visiting Louisiana since 1957 to document New Orleans jazz and to make artful street photographs. NOMA’s presentation marks the first major exhibition in any institution to examine the full scope and influence of Friedlander’s work in the region on the history of photography.


Experimental fashion from designers like Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons and Martin Margiela has challenged Western beauty canons, particularly as they relate to female body ideals. This talk will explore the ways experimental designers at the juncture of the twenty-first century have questioned what is grotesque and what is alluring in contemporary fashion. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes.

Francesca Granata is Director of the MA Fashion Studies and Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design. She is founder and editor of the nonprofit journal Fashion Projects: On Art, Fashion, and Visual Culture. She is the author of Experimental Fashion: Carnival, Performance Art, and the Grotesque Body and has writtenabout art and fashion for a number of journals and magazines, such as Fashion Theory and The Atlantic.


May 11
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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