Chicago Tribune Reviews Alumna’s New Exhibition at Field Museum
September 28, 2012—Citing sealskin shorts and Chinese headdresses, Sean Johnson of the Chicago Tribune encapsulates the wide-ranging anthropological and historical references contained in alumna Maria Pinto’s (BFA 1990) new exhibition at the Field Museum. The article—featured on the front page of the September 19 Arts & Entertainment section—surveys Pinto’s unique utilization of the Field’s massive achieve of anthropological artifacts. Eschewing conventions, Fashion and the Field Museum Collection comingles apparel of diverse geographical and historical origin. The garments are displayed with minimal signage, forcing viewers to interpret objects without relying on preconceived ideas of period or culture. Addressing the abstract composition of exhibition, Janet Hong—manager for exhibitions at the Field—states, "To us this is an art installation. We wanted people to be a little unsure of what they were looking at.” Eight of Pinto’s own designs are incorporated in the exhibition, providing a representation of fashion from a modern perspective.