The Frenemies Panel Discussion will address the questions raised by the intersection of art, fashion, and the non-profit museum, using the 2003 collaboration between Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton as the departure point.
Clarissa Esguerra is the Assistant Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ms. Esguerra received her MS in Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors from the University of Georgia in 2005; she wrote both undergraduate and masters thesis on menswear. At LACMA Ms. Esguerra has explored her interest in Historic Costume and is responsible for to cataloging, research, and exhibition development. She has worked on exhibitions including: Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail: 1700-1915 (2010) and the upcoming exhibition Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015, opening April 10th.
Dr. Suzanne Hudson is an Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. She received her PhD from Princeton University in 2006. Dr. Hudson is an art historian and critic whose field of study includes Modern and Contemporary Art with an emphasis on abstraction. Her numerous publications have appeared in Flash Art, Art Journal, and October and she is a frequent contributor to Art Forum. Dr. Hudson has authored several books including: Robert Ryman: Used Paint (2009), Painting Now, published in 2015, and was co-editor of Contemporary Art: 1989-Present (2013). She will also be speaking about her work as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 22nd.
Christopher Knight has been the Los Angeles Times Art Critic since 1989. He received his Masters Degree from the State University of New York and received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Atlanta College of the Arts. Before working for the Los Angeles Times he was the assistant director of public information at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. He was a three-time finalist for Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 1991, 2001, and 2007 and given the Frank Jewett Mather Award for art criticism in 1997 by College Arts Association. Mr. Knight has authored two books: Last Chance for Eden: Selected Art Criticism, 1979-1994 and Art of the Sixties and Seventies: The Panza Collection.
Andrew Lewicki is an artist who lives and works in Los Angles. Lewicki earned his BFA from Otis College of the Arts and Design, Los Angeles in 2007. He fashions familiar objects such as oranges, waffle makers, and gold metal bars from unexpected materials, upsetting our preconceived conceptions of the materiality and the use values we associate with common objects.