Design house Eckhaus Latta is set to present Eckhaus Latta: Possessed, an exhibition part of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s emerging artist series, later this summer.
Possessed, which will be showcased in three parts, will represent features of the fashion industry, such as advertising and voyeurism, and will be the Whitney’s first fashion installation since 1997 when The Warhol Look: Glamour, Style, Fashion was staged.
It’s not the duo’s first museum exhibit, however. Eckhaus Latta has showcased its brand in the past at MoMA PS1 and Los Angeles’ MoCA.
The first component of the three-part installation opening in August will feature a series of photographs reflecting the kinds of images often seen in fashion ads and magazines. The second component, done in collaboration with more than a dozen artists (Susan Cianciolo, Jeffrey Joyal, Lauren Davis Fisher, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, and Amy Yao), will feature a fully functional pop-up shop consisting of clothing and accessories designed for the show. The final part will feature a darkened room with surveillance footage of the rest of the exhibit as well as a look into the surveillance that shadows shopping.
Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta met when they were students at the Rhode Island School of Design and founded Eckhaus Latta in 2011. In 2016 the designers staged a runway show in the dome at PS1, and they’ve been known for their intelligent restraint in combining texture, arresting shapes, and urban attitudes. They’re also current finalists for the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.
Eckhaus Latta: Possessed will be open to the public from August 3 to October 8, 2018.