Fashioning Queer Pride and Protection

Thu, Jun 20 / 6–8 pm

Join queer activist and fiber artist Michael Sylvan Robinson for a night of art activism and collaboration as we transform fear into action. Taking inspiration from protest art and socially engaged art practices, we will contribute to a new sculptural garment in Sylvan’s ongoing series #urbanfey protective wear for urban faeries.

In this community art-making activity, participants will name sources of pride, both personal and communal, while acknowledging fears in facing current social issues. These sources of pride and fear will be hand-stenciled and embroidered into the textile collage work, creating the fabric for the sculptural garment.


An internationally exhibited gender-queer fiber artist, activist, and leader in arts education, Michael Sylvan Robinson earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College (2008) and a BA from Bennington College (1989) with an emphasis in dance and drama. With a background in costume design and as a performance artist, their contemporary fiber art has been shown in galleries and museum exhibitions including Rome Art Week, SPRING / BREAK Art Show, the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco, and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. Sylvan’s fashion art was photographed for Vogue Germany and featured in an interview for Vogue and Vogue France. Identity is..., Robinson’s maximalist coat and train commissioned and worn at the 2021 Met Gala by theater producer and fashion enthusiast Jordan Roth, is currently on view in MAD’s lobby for Pride Month.

Please review our health and safety protocols before you arrive. MAD strongly recommends all visitors six months and older are vaccinated against Covid-19 and visitors ages two and up wear face coverings, even if vaccinated. Thank you for your cooperation.

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