SPARTANBURG — Spartanburg Art Museum is challenging traditional notions of art and pushing the boundaries of fashion with this year’s installment of its annual art-themed party. The party, dubbed CONTEXTILE, will feature live music from a critically acclaimed jazz trio, live models wearing pieces of art as clothing, an open bar serving specialty cocktails, and fabulous food from Cribbs Catering.
Mat Duncan, Spartanburg Art Museum’s Curator of Collections, says, “Spartanburg is becoming a cultural hotspot in the Carolinas. CONTEXTILE is a celebration of that energy and the sequel to SHIPWRECK, our last contemporary art party — but this time we’ve gone above and beyond anything we’ve done before and crafted an evening that’s twice as lavish, twice as fun, and, of course, twice as artistic.”
In an attempt to outdo the Museum’s last art party, Spartanburg Art Museum staff has worked tirelessly towards making every aspect of CONTEXTILE more creative than anything it has ever planned. Duncan says, “SHIPWRECK had an open bar, a two-piece acoustic band, and took place around the featured exhibition, but, if you’ll excuse my pun, CONTEXTILE blows our last party out of the water!” CONTEXTILE will feature an open bar that will serve a surprise signature cocktail, in addition to the beer, wine, and mixed drinks, which partygoers are accustomed. Partygoers will also enjoy the critically acclaimed stylings of Charlotte, NC-based jazz trio “The Fat Face Band” and witness a new, never-before-seen exhibition. “But this exhibition won’t be hanging on the walls,” adds Duncan, “the pieces of art will be worn by live models!”
Spartanburg Art Museum has brought together seven visionary local and national artists whose work occupies the space between fashion and art for CONTEXTILE. “These artists have made art that can be worn as clothing or clothing that can be seen as art — deciding whether it’s the former or the latter, we leave that up to you,” says Duncan. Pieces by each artist will be donned by local models and performers, who will then walk a runway in the museum in a fashion show-style event — the climax of the evening. “And,” continues Duncan, “this fashion show will be emceed by The Latest Thing in Spartanburg’s Tim Giles. Register now — tickets are selling fast!”
CONTEXTILE will be Saturday, Jan. 16, 7-11 p.m. and will include an open bar, gourmet food from Cribbs, live music, cutting-edge fashion and art worn by live models. Tickets are $40, $35 for SAM Members, and $25 for students, with additional special discounts for Spartanburg Young Professional and Spartanburg Downtown Association members. Tickets are available online at SpartanburgArtMuseum.org or by phone at (864) 582-7616.