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Untitled/Clothesline

1992

Charles LeDray, Untitled/Clothesline, 1992. Fabric and buttons, 82 1/4 × 4 × 2 in. (208.9 × 10.2 × 5.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Jack E. Chachkes Bequest  95.141
For this work, Charles LeDray sewed together eleven tiny pieces of clothing to form a clothesline. But this clothesline is not horizontal, like one that clothes would be hung on to dry. It hangs vertically from ceiling to floor, as though the clothes were fastened together to form a rope, perhaps for escaping from the window of a building! Each item—a sundress, a blazer, a bandana, khaki pants, and more—represents an individual’s personality and experiences. Joined together, the separate items of clothing resemble a line of people holding hands.
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Clothing and identity

One idea that LeDray explores in his work is the relationship between identity and clothing. People often wear clothes that reflect how they see themselves, the groups they are part of, and their place in their community. For example, a uniform can tell us about an individual’s job, whether he or she is a firefighter, mechanic, soldier, or nurse. Clothing can also tell us about ideas of femininity and masculinity.