– “Trappings: Story of Women Power and Clothing,” created by Two Girls Working, comes to New Mexico June 13th-August 16th. This unique collection of art creates conversations about the meaning and expression of power.

Two Girls Working, collaboration between Tiffany Ludwig and Renee Piechocki, examines the way we identify ourselves and others that describe the range and diversity of background, identity and attitude among women. To do this, they begin by asking women to respond to the question: what do you wear that makes you feel powerful? Since they started the project in 2002, Two Girls Working have interviewed more than 600 women in 15 states. This year the exhibit has also been displayed in . The national exhibition tour is in conjunction with the release of their book of the same title.

Cultural Trends

“I chose to bring “Trappings” to 516 ARTS to involve in a national dialogue. Our mission at 516 is to help connect - regionally, nationally and occasionally internationally,” said Suzanne Sbarge, Executive Director of 516 ARTS. “I think our local involvement lends important voices to this dialogue - including many Native American and Hispanic women.” 

”Trappings: Albuquerque” will include a two-floor installation in Downtown Albuquerque and accompanying public art project featuring “Trappings” bus panels on the downtown D-Ride buses and street pole banners. Bus passengers can view photographs and hear participant interviews by dialing a number from their cell phones.

Public Art

In addition to the gallery exhibit and public art displays, events will further develop the theme including panel discussions. The gallery will also extend its hours during a Downtown Artscrawl on August 15th.

“By incorporating interviews from local women of all ages and cultures, this exhibition provides a multi-faceted conversation about power,” said Joni Thompson, Chief Operating Officer of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Exhibitions such as the national tour of “Trappings” contribute to consistently being named as one of the country’s top arts destinations.”

Visit http://www.516arts.org and  http://www.twogirlsworking.com/  for information on ”Trappings”. For details on , go to www.itsatrip.org.

“Trappings: Albuquerque" is made possible by New Mexico Humanities Council, the City of Albuquerque, Clear Channel Outdoor, and many general sponsors.