TONIGHT! Don’t Miss the (Free) Grand Opening Concert & Event for “RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground” Exhibition

Cesar Padilla's book "Ripped: T-Shirts from the Underground"

Cesar Padilla’s book “Ripped: T-Shirts from the Underground”

The spirit of DIY and rebellious punk rock culture is in full force at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising with upcoming events celebrating FIDM Museum & Galleries’ Ripped: Expressions from the Underground exhibition.

Tonight FIDM Museum & Galleries is hosting a concert free to the public at Grand Hope Park on FIDM’s Los Angeles campus for the grand opening of the RIPPED exhibition.

RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground explores the art and influence of punk rock on design and culture. Curated by artist, musician, collector, and punk rock enthusiast, Cesar Padilla, RIPPED includes 150 band T-shirts, photographs, posters, and related ephemera from the punk, post-punk and indie rock eras. Based on Padilla’s 2010 book, Ripped: T-shirts from the Underground, the exhibition documents the band T-shirt as a method of communication and self-expression in the pre-Internet era. Seminars, readings, and special events will be held in conjunction with the exhibition.

“These are the archeological artifacts that remain of a countercultural movement,” says Padilla to, who expressed his excitement about his first solo exhibition.

“It’s awesome, I’m really overwhelmed,” he says.

Padilla says he hopes the exhibition inspires young creative to feel inspired to actively pursue their goals, asserting “Don’t talk about it; just do it.”

Padilla’s band The Ritchie White Orchestra will be performing tonight along with Lydia Lunch Presents Retro Virus and Phantom Family Halo. There are also readings scheduled by Roddy Bottum, Howie Pyro, Kari Krome, Mat Côté, Jennifer Schwartz, Richard Schuler, Allison Wolfe, and musician/actress/writer Lydia Lunch who wrote the introduction to Padilla’s book.

“Padilla’s celebration of the visual history of counterculture music T-shirts was the first compilation of its kind, and featured iconic designs from some of the most influential punk/post-punk and indie rock bands of the ’70s and ’80s,” states FIDM Museum & Galleries.

Padilla and business partner Radford Brown have been vintage collectors for more than 20 years via their joint New York showroom, the Cherry Resource Center.

The FIDM Museum Shop is celebrating RIPPED with a pop-up vintage boutique in collaboration with Cherry Vintage, offering one-of-a-kind T-shirts, fashions and related ephemera, including original collage art created from old record covers by artist and FIDM Graphic Design Instructor Graham Moore. Moore also created the logo and poster design for RIPPED, which epitomizes the DIY approach.

RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground will be on display until Saturday, December 22. Don’t miss out!

FIDM Museum & Galleries presents "RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground" curated by Cesar Padilla

FIDM Museum & Galleries presents “RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground” curated by Cesar Padilla

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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