Visiting artist: Emily Spivack

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 | 11 a.m.–noon

Columbus College of Art & Design presents a lecture by Emily Spivack, author of The New York Times bestseller Worn Stories. The event is free and open to the public.


Emily Spivack is an artist, writer, and editor whose work draws from contemporary culture, clothing, history, and our relationship to everyday objects. She is the author of Worn in New York (2017), a contemporary cultural history of New York told through clothing, which is a follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Worn Stories (2014) and (2010), collections of stories about clothing and memory.


In her column for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The Story of a Thing, Spivack interviews cultural figures about objects in their homes that provide insight into their interests and quirks.


As Artist-in-Residence at MoMA from 2017 to 2018, Spivack invited visitors to contribute to An archive of everything worn to MoMA from November 1, 2017, to January 28, 2018, a project that will become a permanent part of MoMA’s Archives. This project, a collaboration with the Department of Education as part of Artists Experiment, was presented in conjunction with the exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern?


Spivack’s 2017 off-site installation for the Honolulu Museum of Art, Medium White Tee, was a fulfillment of President Barack Obama’s stated fantasy to run a T-shirt shack that sold only medium-sized white tees as a respite from his nonstop decision-making.


From 2007 to 2014, Spivack found stories about clothing from eBay posts for her website, Sentimental Value, which she exhibited in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Portland.


Spivack created Threaded, the Smithsonian’s only blog about the history of clothing. She made, an online archive of nearly 1,000 step-by-step instructions culled from wikiHow.


Spivack has lectured and presented at museums and universities including The Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, New York University, Brown University, Bard College, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She and her work have been featured in The New York Times, New York magazine, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Vogue, Art in America, Hyperallergic, and Brainpickings, among other publications.

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