Fast Fashion/Slow Art

Museum of Art Museum of Art

Exhibition: Fast Fashion/Slow Art



Boyd Gallery
"Fast Fashion / Slow Art" features films, videos, installations, and performances by an international group of emerging and established contemporary artists and filmmakers.

Selected Works

Still from "15 Hours," 2017, 16:9 film, color, sound by Wang Bing. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

Electroknit Dynamaxion, 2019, on the Boston HarborWalk, machine-knitted cotton on wood panels, and documentary materials, by Cat Mazza.  Photo by Jon Bakos.

Film still from Yvonne, 1997, video, black-and-white and color, sound, 14 minutes, by Rosemarie Trockel. Courtesy of Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Germany


Stories, 2017, video, black-and-white, sound, 2:04 minutes, by Martin de Thurah, Courtesy the artist and Epoch Films, New York

National Public Radio’s Planet Money, Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt, 2013, interactive website. © 2013 National Public Radio, Inc., originally published on in December 2013, and used with the permission of NPR. Photo credit: Joshua Davis/NPR


Live feed; printer-error identification station and operator at an Italian luxury-silk textile factory; Or, before ‘Leaving The Factory’, the meditative disposition’s instinct for privacy, 2010 HD color video, sound, 2:49 minute loop by Julia Brown. Courtesy of the artist.

Carole Frances Lung, Frau Fiber vs. the Circular Knitting Machine, 2015, Digital video, black-and-white, sound, 4 hours, 32 minutes. Courtesy of ILGWU archive.



Fast Fashion / Slow Art features the work of an international group of emerging and established contemporary artists and filmmakers to explore the making, distribution, and use of affordable, mass-produced apparel for quick consumption often known as "fast fashion." Collectively these makers encourage scrutiny of clothing production today, exploring such timely issues as sustainability, technology, labor, and consumer culture. In making visible critical issues which may typically escape our notice, the exhibition encourages "slow looking" to facilitate conversation about the complexity of the fast-paced, global garment industry, which is an integral part of our everyday lives.

Fast Fashion / Slow Art is organized by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in cooperation with the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, as well as the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.


Artists in the Exhibition

Wang Bing                        Julia Brown

Frau Fiber                         Cat Mazza

Senga Nengundi            Martha Rosler

Rosemarie Trockel         Martin de Thurah


Aftenposten                    NPR Planet Money


The exhibition catalogue is available for purchase at the Bowdoin Store.


Read the press release.        Read the exhibition labels.




"Fast/Fashion sparks dialogue on clothing industry," Bowdoin Orient, February 28, 2020

Finding Fast Fashion, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, January 27, 2020

Recent Programming for Fast Fashion/Slow Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, March 30, 2020