dallas contemporary

161 Glass Street at Riverfront
Texas 75207 Dallas

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29.03.2020 - 23.08.2020

Upon entering Get a Life! at Dallas Contemporary, visitors will be greeted by a larger-than-life portrait of Westwood taken by photographer Juergen Teller and a hand-written note. The note, which reads “My point of view is heretical. My enemy is the status quo,” will set the tone for the exhibition, which will give visitors the opportunity to explore over a decade of Westwood’s activism and philanthropic work. On display will be looks from recent and archival Vivienne Westwood collections, as well as photography, fashion film, archive prints, graphics and hand-drawn illustrations.

Get a Life! will showcase how Westwood has spent many years tirelessly speaking out about the effects of climate change and over-consumption, mobilizing change through thought-provoking campaigns, ecological crusading and ethically focused design collaborations. The “Made in Kenya” accessory collection, created through the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) of the International Trade Centre – a joint body of the United Nations (UN) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), promoted the growth of sustainable business in place of aid dependency for marginalized African communities and will be featured at the center of the exhibition in the form of a tree installation made from reclaimed wood. The ground- breaking “Save the Arctic” campaign, launched in support of Greenpeace’s global call to action, will also be highlighted in the exhibition: the photographic installation, captured by Andy Gotts MBE, will present over 60 celebrities including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Stella McCartney and Hugh Grant all wearing the graphic t-shirt designed by Vivienne Westwood as part of the global crusade to protect the Arctic environment. Exemplifying Vivienne Westwood’s work against climate change, it will be central to Dallas Contemporary’s exhibition.

Get A Life! is co-curated by Vivienne Westwood and her team, and Dallas Contemporary Senior Curator Laurie Ann Farrell.

“The Human Race: Our Survival. We are an endangered species. Our survival depends on becoming more human; for that we each need to engage with the world—not consume but live in harmony. Engage with the past through culture in order to understand the present. This will give you an anchor in life and a sense of personal progress; inform yourself about climate change, listen to scientists; your outlook and behaviour will change—Get a Life!”
- Vivienne Westwood