When you embark on a day of shopping, what might you see? You can probably count on posters announcing the sale of the season, salespeople scurrying around the store assisting customer upon customer, and usually, abhorrent art adorning the walls. You know the kind: huge framed monsters of overlapping, gargantuan brush strokes in every color, tacky portraits of seaside escapes, the list goes on and on, but luckily, one iconic New York City department store is looking to change that.
Yes, the legend that is Bergdorf Goodman has partnered up with online platform Artsy and Dior to present The Artsy Vanguard: a special exhibition featuring works by breakthrough contemporary artists and fashion from Dior Fall 2018. It's a creative takeover like you've never seen, with photographs, paintings, and sculptures on glorious display throughout and window installations curated by Elena Soboleva.
Selected artists include Hayden Dunham, Lena Henke, and Hannah Levy (who are presenting new site-specific installations in Bergdorf Goodman’s iconic Fifth Avenue windows) and pieces by artists TM Davy, Rochelle Feinstein, Allison Janae Hamilton, Tyler Mitchell, Cynthia Talmadge, and Lina Iris Viktor placed throughout the second floor.
L’Officiel USA caught up with three of the artists at a cocktail party celebrating the exhibition’s launch. Below, Tyler Mitchell, Alison Janae Hamilton, and Hayden Dunham walk us through their pieces and talk about the importance of creative collaboration.