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'Wearing Justice' at Kent Museum Brings Attention to Global Issues
Ohio Ag Connection - 08/23/2019

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of May 4, 1970, when Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on Kent State University students protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War, killing four and wounding nine, students and faculty from Kent State's School of Fashion Design and Merchandising are bringing attention to current social issues in the new exhibition called "Wearing Justice: Perspectives From KSU Fashion School Faculty and Students" that is on display now at the Kent State University Museum. The exhibition runs through May 31.

"Wearing Justice" uses student- and faculty-made designs and fashion to create a dialogue about social justice, political discourse, conflict resolution, war and peace. The exhibition features designs that directly address the reverberations of May 4, while others focus on today's global concerns from gun violence to climate change to corporate greed. Kent State Fashion School assistant professors Chanjuan Chen and Sue Yoder curated the exhibition, and Amanda Pecsenye, a curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, served as the exhibition's juror.

The museum hopes "Wearing Justice" sparks conversations about the significant role fashion plays in social activism.

"The garments and textiles not only prod us into conversations about social activism, but also remind us of the power and deep significance carried by what we wear and how we wear it," expressed Sarah Rogers, director of the Kent State University Museum.

The museum is holding two gallery talks for "Wearing Justice" from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 13 and Oct. 18 featuring Kent State Fashion School faculty members as they discuss their inspiration and process behind their designs. These events are free with a Kent State ID or included with paid general admission for the public.

For more information about the 50th Commemoration of May 4, visit www.kent.edu/may4kentstate50.

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