Research

  • Architecture in Motion
  • GRANTEE
    Diane Simpson
    GRANT YEAR
    2018

Diane Simpson, installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2016, Window Dressing (platform with Collar and Bib-deco, background with Bib-doodle). Courtesy of the artist.

The structure, texture, and materials of clothes have continuously informed Diane Simpson's sculptural practice. In her works, Simpson combines clothing designs with elements of architecture, exploring the sociological roles and styles of the clothes we wear and the buildings that surround us. For example, in a series of sculptures created in 2016, Simpson marries references to ancient Greek peplum tunics with Art Deco architectural details, giving way to surprising juxtapositions. For this project, Simpson will create prototypes for her very first costumes made for moving bodies, laying the groundwork for her first fully realized performance presented by FD13 residency for the arts in 2019. Her designs will take inspiration from buildings across Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Art Deco objects and textiles in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, as well as early twentieth century costume and theater designs by Varvara Stepanova and Oskar Schlemmer.

Diane Simpson received an MFA in 1978 and a BFA in 1971 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2010, a 30-year retrospective exhibition of her sculpture and drawings was held at the Chicago Cultural Center. Recent one and two-person exhibitions were held at Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago; JTT, New York; New York University Broadway Windows, New York; Silberkuppe, Berlin, DE; Herald St, London, UK; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL; Racine Art Museum, Racine WI; Rockford Art Museum, Rockford IL; The James R. Thompson Illinois Center, Chicago, IL; the Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewiston, PA; and the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, FR. Diane Simpson is represented by Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago; JTT, New York; and Herald St, London, UK.