NYPL Art in the Windows


A site-specific NYPL Art in the Windows installation inside the two small lobby vitrines as you enter and leave the library. All three exhibits at the library focus on the history and social influence of the Qiana® nylon, a synthetic fabric manufactured by the chemical giant DuPont and made popular during the 1970s disco era.

The marketing of DuPont’s Qiana® nylon was serious business. Retailers received pamphlets and magazines instructing them to “create an atmosphere of elegance for Qiana® through display.” Playing with the elements of visual merchandising, the ground floor vitrines at the NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan branch were be treated as retail shop window displays in which to showcase my personal collection of vintage ladies scarves made from the fabric.

This installtion was one of three solo exhibitions that were on view from September 3, 2014 through February 22, 2015 at the Mid-Manhattan Library on 5th Avenue and 40th Street in New York City,