Can fine art, high fashion, and “mainstream” popular culture ever exist without ironic gestures that disrupt and challenge conventional understandings of beauty? What is the role of the curator in making sense of this disruption? Join us for a discussion about fashion’s fundamental role in shaping the creative and critical dialogues of the past, present, and future. Come hear Andrew Bolton (Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art), and Moya Luckett (NYU Gallatin), in conversation with Colby Mugrabi (BA ’15; founder, Minnie Muse).
Andrew Bolton joined The Costume Institute in 2002 as Associate Curator, was named Curator in 2006, and become Curator in Charge in January 2016. He was named Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute in March 2018. Born in Great Britain, Bolton earned a BA in social anthropology and an MA in Non-Western Art from the University of East Anglia. He became a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts in London in 2007, receiving an Honorary Fellowship in 2016, and received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Art in 2017. Prior to joining the Metropolitan, Bolton worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as a Senior Research Fellow in Contemporary Fashion, and prior to that, as Curatorial Assistant in the Far Eastern Department. Bolton has authored and co-authored more than 15 books, lectures widely around the world, and contributes scholarly articles to various international publications. Bolton has received several awards, including the Fashion Group International Oracle Award in 2016, the Vilcek Prize in Fashion in 2015, and the Best Monographic Exhibition from the Association of Art Museum Curators for Alexander McQueen in 2011.
Colby Jordan Mugrabi (BA ’15) grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from The Latin School of Chicago before moving to New York to attend NYU Gallatin where she concentrated on art history and fashion business. In November 2017, Mugrabi launched Minnie Muse, an online digital digest offering original content focused the cross pollination of creative fields throughout history, including art, fashion, design, and architecture. Mugrabi lives and works in New York City, where she researches, develops, and writes content for Minnie Muse, and works on collaborative projects with a number of brands, retailers, publications, and institutions within fashion and the creative arts. She is a contributor to W Magazine, Architectural Digest, Garage Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal, an editor-at-large of Graydon Carter’s news and media platform Air Mail, and is an active member of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mugrabi sits on the Gallatin Dean’s Council, serves on the Film & Video Committee at the Whitney Museum of Art, and is a board member of The Shed, a multi-disciplinary arts center located in New York City’s Hudson Yards neighborhood.
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