Chee Pearlman (LF ’11), director of Chee Company consultancy, has curated an exhibit opening next week at the NY Jewish Museum. Running from March 18 to August 7, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History showcases the work of the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur who holds a unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture.
Isaac Mizrahi’s inventive and provocative style brings complex issues of race, religion, class, and politics into the arena of fashion, igniting discourse about high versus low, modern glamour, and contemporary culture. The exhibit displays his witty designs as well as costumes for theater, opera, and dance; drawings and sketches; and photographs of the designer at work. A video installation with footage of Mizrahi’s runway shows, screenings of the documentary Unzipped, the television program The Isaac Mizrahi Show, scenes from his cabaret, LES MIZrahi, and excerpts from his screen and stage appearances offer further insight into Mizrahi’s creative ferment.
There is a resonance in Pearlman’s own creative and restless career path. She was editor-in-chief of I.D. Magazine, winner of 5 National Magazine Awards; has written for the New York Times, Newsweek, Domus, Wired, Travel and Leisure, and Architects Newspaper; and has edited books and curated exhibits and conferences. She is the founding curator of the Curry Stone Design Prize, which recognizes designers creating social impact solutions, and was founder and co-director of the Chrysler Design Prize for its 10-year duration.
Learn more about the Mizrahi exhibit and associated events at the museum.