Staten Island Mode: Fashion and Fiction

Live edge curly Walnut console table with hand in shaped stretcher and hard maple legs. 2021 Robert Brown

Join Beth Gorrie of Staten Island OutLOUD in a reading and community discussion in which participants will read and share ideas about powerful, whimsical, and comedic clothing in literature and life. Drawing on classic and contemporary literature, and in connection to the exhibition “Staten Island Mode,” they will explore how personal expression can be manifest in clothing choices and how fashion reflects character, time, and place. Participants will also have the opportunity to view the exhibition.

WHEN: November 19 | 2 PM
WHERE: Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Main Hall Gallery, Building C
ADMISSION: FREE | Registration requested |REGISTER HERE

Staten Island OutLOUD is a community reading, dialogue & performance project. We host a continuing series of grass-roots readings of world classics, historical texts, and other compelling works. Most events are intimate participatory readings; some are larger stage performances with music and dance. We meet in historic sites, nature preserves, delis, bookshops, museums, galleries, public housing projects, on the beach, on trains and on the Ferry, in libraries, parks & playgrounds, cafes, community centers, and in churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples.

About the exhibition

Staten Island Mode: Identity, Memory, Fashion – the first major contemporary fashion exhibition on Staten Island – is a community-driven exploration of what people wear and why, in relation to personal and local identity. The exhibition is a visual and material manifestation of memories and experiences of Staten Island collected and commissioned by guest curators Jenna Rossi-Camus and Alexis Romano, who grew up on Staten Island.

Staten Island Mode: Identity, Memory, Fashion is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Staten Island Mode: Identity, Memory, Fashion is made possible by a DCLA Art Fund Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.