Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Heavenly Bodies at the Cloisters, continued......

Continuing with the Heavenly Bodies:  
Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibit 
that began in the Metropolitan Museum, 
these images were taken at the Cloisters. 
We traveled on the Subway to the last stop
on the A line at the north tip of Manhattan. 

The modern pieces with monastic influence 
were displayed at the Met Cloisters.
 This part of the exhibit was much less crowded 
but just as unusual and interesting, 
yet in a totally different atmosphere.
 I am sorry again that I did not write down the names 
of the contemporary designers who contributed so much to this show.
Again trying to find the references for the modern designers, 
there were several draped gowns, some very simple 
and other extremely seamed with unusual lines. 

The glass cases reflected exterior lights. 
 In one of the courtyards were these two capes high above our heads.

 This easy reference for the model is on the far wall. 
I could not stand back far enough to catch the whole body.

 A view of front and back of this heavy sparkling coat dress.
 Some of us who have done a lot of sewing were fascinated 
with the hook and eye closures in place of seams on this black dress
 A lovely silk wedding dress
 And another, quite different in an adjoining room.
Both were delicate and simple in design. 
 Another draped gown with a jeweled sword piercing 
the embroidered heart that flows into blood red silk.
 A dress covered with wheat designs.
 The next room seemed to be dedicated to Hieronymus Bosch.
 As so many of the designs were taken from Bosch's  works.....
 Either The Garden of Good and Evil or 
The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Each outfit had shoes and leggings matching the gowns 
 To end this visit to the Cloisters was this mass of irises 
and one of the garden courtyards.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Heavenly Bodies at the Metropolitan Museum, NY

My trip to NY as always was full of art in the several museums we visited.
The exhibit HEAVENLY BODIES: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
was so large and so beautiful plus,
shown in 3 places, it took up much of our time in NY.
This exhibit features the work of designers whose imaginations 
were shaped and developed from their Catholic backgrounds. 
I tried to catch the reference of the fashion in these 
Medieval art galleries and occasionally did.
 The designers imaginations seemed to have been influenced 
by religious artworks in the Met collections as well as 
fashions in the 20th and 21st centuries.
 We were viewing this show on the first public day 
it was open so you know how very crowded it was.
There was so much that was beautiful but because 
of the crowds, I and the camera missed a lot.
Above a wedding gown with wings.
 I took many pictures and read a lot about each work but did 
not write anything down so it is hard to remember each designer.
And high above our heads there was so much. 
I was sorry I cut off her head as 
that head piece was halo-like, glittery and beautiful
 There is no way for the camera to pick up the glitter, 
precious stones, gold embroidery, and sparkle everywhere.
 These fashions were high above our heads and 
lined up in several hallways in 
the Byzantine and medieval galleries.
 All glitter and embroidery.
 Seeing one hallway from the model's backs.
 Alexander McQueen in the 70's used paper for this outfit
 His winged outfit from the back. Note the bell bottoms.
 Some of the fashions were wearable
yet easy to see the influence.
 Another outstanding wedding dress.
 From the back you can see this pieces was entirely gold embroidery.
Sometimes my images were blurred and 
I have had to cut out a lot of what I took so no front of this, sorry.
 Another winged wedding dress. 
Many of these head pieces were gold and 
like jewels or jewelry and always sparkling.
 Dior with rose taffeta-like satin, probably silk.
Dior had a similar one in red silk velvet at the Cloisters.
So many trains, too. 
 Gold and more jewel-like glitter and embroidery?
 I don't have enough superlatives.
These crowns held sculptural scenes in gold.
 A leather jacket we all would wear with gorgeous beaded embroidery
 I did not date everything but some were suggestive 
of the hippy years, 60's and 70's.
 As I left the upstairs galleries I had to add this connection.
 Downstairs in the Anna Winter Costume center I was blown away 
by 4 garments is glass cases. 
They appear to be painted but reading the information 
it said all were embroidered. I believed the gold border was, 
but the center section I knew was painted. 
So getting out my glasses and kneeling down in front 
of the case so I was about 4 inches away 
I could see satin stitched silk thread....incredible.
So I took a quick picture, planning to take all 
four of these as we were allowed to take pictures of anything. 
Quickly a guard stopped me after these two.
These pieces were from a private collection and no photos allowed.
So I stopped there as that was a days viewing and so much to absorb.
The next day we went to the Cloisters to see 
the continuation of this exhibit.
I will add those pictures on my next blog. 
To be continued.......

Thursday, April 19, 2018

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is presenting the exhibit
GUNS: Loaded Conversations
April 22 to July 15, 2018

The catalog, above, shows the work of 32 SAQA members
(Studio Art Quilts Ass.)

 My art work gives my one-sided view of this conversation.
The printed words and the bloody gun say it all.
Bullet holes with red showing through caused a ragged edge 
of this 26 by 32 linch piece., titled
Outline on Asphalt.
Another artist, Shawn Quinlan's work asks, 
"If now is not the time to talk about this, then when is?"
My art work was created in 1994 when 
there were many deaths from gun violence.
I felt strongly then and ever since that time 
and yet nothing is ever done to stop the proliference of guns.
Common sense says this has to stop 
but we have a huge lobbying group who will not let it.
One can see that this conversation needs to go on and 
yet, conversation will not stop the gun violence.
Maybe our young students will be able to take action
 as the adults never have.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Renwick's Blockbuster exhibit, No Spectators: The Art of BURNING MAN

The exhibit begins at six downtown spots where 
there are outdoor sculptures.
 A couple of huge black crows just off Pennsylvania and 18th St. NW
 Maya's Mind (Maya Angelou) on 17th St NW.
More easily seen from across the street.
 Inside the Renwick a huge paper arch in the first room 
begins the tour continuing through two floors of the museum..
 So decorative it takes a while to see all the embellishment.
 The Arch fills the first room.....
 Passing on into the next room we see......
 many costumes....

 No, not that........below
 The centerpiece is an 18 foot steel mesh nude 
sculpture glowing with color....
 in the middle of all the costumes and jewelry.

Costumes used for performance pieces and more.

 Headdresses and jewelry.....
 In the next large room is the Pan Dragon.....
 pedaled at the desert and constructed from cookware.
 More rooms and much more to see on the ground level 
but going up to the Grand Salon.....
 a temple had been constructed filling this whole ballroom
 Too much to see in one visit.....
 An extravagant chandelier...........
and cathedral-like sections on each wall
 In another room upstairs huge origami-like mushrooms 
 that open and close and change color.
Another room full of wonderful cut out sculptures 
that reflect incredible shadows on all the walls .

So much more to see.  
We have to thank Nora Atkinson for being able to bring 
this unusual exhibit to the Renwick.
Save time to lay down-on the cushions in a small room 
upstairs so you can watch the lights and colors 
and changing images on the ceiling.
I have just scratched the surface. 
There is also a room dedicated to the history of 
the Burning Man from San Francisco to its desert events.
More after my next visit.....