Memphis Brooks Museum of Art / 1934 Poplar Ave. August 1, 2019 - July 5, 2020

E.V. Day

Artist E.V. Day has repurposed costumes from the New York City Opera archives to make Divas Ascending, a series of sculptures that transform familiar icons of women’s empowerment and entrapment into new objects that confound conventional readings of these clichés. Using tension to suspend, stretch, and shred garments and to create forms that the artist likens to futurist abstract paintings in three dimensions, Day has created work that transforms rigid symbols into a range of emotions: anxiety, ecstasy, liberation, and release. E.V. Day American, b. 1967 Manon – Ghost Angel, 2009 Costume of Manon from Massenet’s Manon made of tulle, silk, embroidery and lace worn by Beverly Sills from New York City Opera. Costume suspended with monofilament and stainless steel hardware on steel armature. ©2009, all rights reserved E.V. Day Sponsors: Gringer, Taber & Grinder, Inc.