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Allison Harding

CuratorPhotography & Story by Lauri Levenfeld

I have been totally mesmerized by the images for the upcoming Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA collaborative show Gorgeous, co-curated by our next tmp mom, Allison Harding. The soiled foot bejeweled in a crystal heel by photographer Marilyn Minter challenges visitors to confront the extremes and ambiguities of beauty. This imagery provoked me to look more closely at the meshing worlds of fashion and art and how they collide and co-exist together. When fashion and art come alive together, the results are captivating, charming, unconventional and alive. We served up some of San Francisco’s beloved street and gallery art as the perfect backdrop to Allison’s closet desirables and TMP gave its own whirl of interpretation of gorgeous.

I’m Allison…I bought my first painting in middle school—a pop-inspired beach scene. Very 80’s. Today it hangs in my parents’ garage.  A visit to the Centre Pompidou in Paris when I was thirteen sparked my interest in contemporary art. In highschool I realized that art history was about interpretation—constructing an argument and defending it—not about memorizing titles and dates.  Which led me to college where I took an art theory seminar with MFA students and realized how much more I had to learn.  My art world education really began when I moved to New York after graduation.

I grew up in New Jersey and San Francisco, but Vermont feels the most like home.  As a kid, Vermont summers meant lake swims, ice cream cones, bike rides, books, and lightning bugs.

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