Stephen Sprouse: Rock | Arts | Fashion debuts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Newfields 7/16 | New

Stephen Sprouse: Rock | Arts | The fashion will debut at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Newfields on July 16, 2022 and close April 2, 2023. The exhibition will feature more than 60 sets and 40 pairs of shoes and boots designed by Indiana native of Stephen Sprouse (1953-2004). The IMA acquired Stephen Sprouse’s fashion collection and archives in 2019 through the generosity of Joanne and Bradford Sprouse, Stephen’s mother and brother. The donation included more than 10,000 pieces, including men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, textile samples, fashion sketches, audiovisuals and Polaroids that will be featured in the exhibit. Two portraits of Sprouse painted by Andy Warhol were also included in this significant gift, one can be seen in the recently renovated Clowes Pavilion and the other will be included in this exhibit.

INDIANAPOLIS, June 18, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Stephen Sprouse: Rock | Arts | The fashion will debut at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Newfields on July 16, 2022 and close April 2, 2023. The exhibition will feature more than 60 sets and 40 pairs of shoes and boots designed by Indiana native of Stephen Sprouse (1953-2004). The IMA acquired Stephen Sprouse’s fashion collection and archives in 2019 through the generosity of Joanne and Bradford Sprouse, Stephen’s mother and brother. The donation included more than 10,000 pieces, including men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, textile samples, fashion sketches, audiovisuals and Polaroids that will be featured in the exhibit. Two portraits of Sprouse painted by Andy Warhol were also included in this significant gift, one can be seen in the recently renovated Clowes Pavilion and the other will be included in this exhibit.

“We are delighted to be entrusted with the legacy of Stephen Sprouse,” said Niloo Paydar, curator of textile arts and fashion at the IMA. “We hope this exhibit will bring renewed interest and recognition to Sprouse who electrified the 1980s with his transformative styles.”

Sprouse was one of the first American designers to introduce street style into high fashion. He incorporated graffiti, Day-Glo colors and a punk aesthetic into his designs. Its collections are inspired by the music and culture of the city center New York City In the 1980s. He was influenced by the artistic energy of his circle of friends, including Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His creations have been sold to New York City exclusive stores, such as Henry Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys New York. Sprouse’s high-quality modern fabrics, combined with youthful, avant-garde styles in unisex silhouettes, established him as one of the most innovative American fashion designers of the 20th century.

This exhibition is the largest survey of Sprouse’s work and features many sets that have not been seen since their debut on the runways in the late 1990s. The exhibition showcases Sprouse’s use of unconventional materials , original and bold patterns, innovative cuts and constructions and reveals the key themes that have occupied his work for over 40 years. There are several garments in the exhibit dating from 1983-85 that showcase his creative and unique use of graffiti. He was one of the first designers to incorporate graffiti into his designs, and his ability to write upside down sets him apart.

In 1987, a few days before Andy Warhol deceased, he granted Sprouse access to his archives. Several garments based on Warhol’s camouflage pattern will be included in the exhibit. For his acclaimed Spring/Summer 1998 collection, Sprouse secured the rights from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to work with more Warhol imagery. A tribute to Warhol, the collection not only included garments based on Warhol’s paintings, but also contained several Warhol-inspired garments and Jean-Michel Basquiat collaborations. The double portrait of Stephen Sprouse by Warhol in 1984 will have its Indianapolis debut with three iconic paintings, Iggy on the Cross (1987), Absolut Vodka Advertisement (1988) and Sid Vicious in Baton Rouge (1988), all created by Sprouse.

Sprouse’s friend Keith Haring also teamed up with him in 1987 to create an absolutely extraordinary line of fabrics. There are a few garments in the exhibit that feature this unique artistic collaboration. Other highlights include a dress similar to her neighbor and friend’s outfit, Debbie Harrythe lead singer of New Wave band Blondie, wore in the Heart of Glass video.

Exhibit guests will be able to participate in interactive activities such as sketch sheets where they can fill in certain Sprouse track sketches with their own patterns and designs. True to Sprouse’s aesthetic, this exhibit will be filled with Day-Glo colors, bold graphic prints and a consistent playlist of the music Sprouse has listened to and used in his runway shows.

To celebrate the opening of this monumental exhibition, Newfields will host a punk rock concert on Wednesday July 13 in The Toby with The Zero Boys. The concert is 21+ and tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the public and can be purchased at Discovernewfields.org. Members and Community Partners Day will take place on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

Stephen Sprouse Main Support: Rock | Arts | Fashion is provided by Target, Absolut Vodka and the Jan B. Rubin Art Exhibition Fund. Generous in-kind support is provided by RALPH PUCCI International, KCD PR and Louis Vuitton. Additional support is provided by Amy Davidoff and David Phillips.

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Mattie Wethingtonwww.discovernewfields.org, 317-923-13312, [email protected]

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