Theory, The School of the Visual Arts, and Red Hook Labs Collaborate
In 2017, Fast Retailing, parent company of Theory, Uniqlo and Helmut Lang, forged a partnership with Red Hook Labs and MPS Fashion Photography to create a series of four exhibitions for Fast Retailing's Innovation Center lobby space at 2 Gansevoort Street. The program includes a quarterly, themed group of images created by select students of the MPS Graduate Fashion Photography program at School of Visual Arts, assisted by the students of Labs School Youth Career Program. The themes for 2017 are Water, Air, Fire and Earth.
Selected student artists are mentored by Jimmy Moffat, co-chair of the program, co-founder of Art + Commerce and founder of Red Hook Labs. In addition to offering the emerging artists at SVA tremendous industry exposure, Fast Retailing will institute a scholarship for future MPS Fashion Photography applicants.
As part of the Fast Retailing Innovation Center exhibition project, students from Labs School Youth Career Program have been employed to assist the select SVA students at each shoot, furthering their skills training as well as offering them real job experience. Furthermore, Fast Retailing will donate part of the project cost to support the photography classes offered in the Red Hook community programs.
Red Hook Labs is a public benefit corporation with a non-profit educational wing, which establishes arts education in public schools and community centers, provides accelerated skills training on its premises, and connects teens and young adults to internships and job opportunities in the creative industries. Red Hook Labs is comprised of four individual Labs: Studio, School, Gallery and Production. Each combine to make a truly dynamic and diverse space where the most talented emerging artists, alongside the most acclaimed, go to work, creative, exhibit, teach, learn, collaborate, celebrate, employ and be employed.
Photos, courtesy Red Hook Labs