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Iridian Gallery Solo Show April 26 - June 8

Threads of Resistance and Resilience showcases a collection of sculptures, 2D textile collage works, sculptural and wearable art pieces with a thematic expression of queer-thriving through both celebratory and activist-focused art and clothing by Michael Sylvan Robinson. Sylvan’s contemporary fiber art intersects fashion and costume, street art, and queer activism through an innovative use of textile collage and text-based art techniques.

Michael Sylvan Robinson (Sylvan they/he)

An internationally-exhibited genderqueer fiber artist, activist, and leader in arts education, Michael Sylvan Robinson earned an M.F.A in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College (2008) and a B.A. from Bennington College (1989) with an emphasis in dance and drama. With a background in costume design and as a performance artist, their contemporary fiber art has been shown in galleries and museum exhibitions including Rome Art Week, SPRING / BREAK Art Show, the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco, and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. Sylvan’s fashion art was photographed for Vogue Germany, commissioned and worn at the Met Gala in 2021 by theater producer and fashion enthusiast, Jordan Roth; their Met Gala collaboration was featured in Vogue and Vogue France. Sylvan was interviewed on fashion art and activism for Dressed: The History of Fashion Podcast (Episode 239: April, 2022). Identity Is… Jordan Roth’s Met Gala 2021 garment will be exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC (April - June, 2024). 
 

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