Build Her a Myth: Romance Novel Dresses by Carrie Ann Schumacher

Don't miss Build Her a Myth: Romance Novel Dresses, an exhibit by Carrie Ann Schumacher, on display June 6 to July 18 in the 8th floor north wall exhibit case at the Harold Washington Library Center.

When Schumacher came across a box of discarded romance novels at the library, she knew she wanted to use them in her artwork. The feathery white pages became her medium as she transformed the old books into seductively beautiful yet unwearable dresses. Like the novels they are constructed from, the dresses represent an impossible mythology where love and relationships are all-consuming and eternally passionate, while exploring a universal narrative based on the real stories of women.

Schumacher will give an Artist Talk at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 in the Chicago Authors Room on the 7th floor of the Harold Washington Library Center.