Monday, September 15, 2014

Met Museum Costume Institute's Spring 2015 Exhibit on Chinese Imagery in Art, Film and Fashion


          
Exhibition Dates: May 7–August 16, 2015
Member Preview: May 5-May 6
Exhibition Locations: Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center 
Press Preview: Monday, May 4, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.


(New York, September 12, 2014)–The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that The Costume Institute’s spring 2015 exhibition will be Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion, on view from May 7 through August 16, 2015 (preceded on May 4 by The Costume Institute Benefit).  Presented in the Museum’s Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, the exhibition will explore how China has fueled the creative imagination for centuries, resulting in layers of cultural translations, re-translations, and mistranslations.  In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as Chinese films to reveal ongoing dialogues between East and West, past and present.

The exhibition is made possible by Yahoo.

Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.

“I am excited about this partnership between these two forward-thinking departments that will undoubtedly reveal provocative new insights into the West’s fascination with Chinese aesthetics,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Met.  “The artistic direction of acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will take visitors on a cinematic journey through our galleries, where high fashion will be shown alongside masterworks of Chinese art.”

In celebration of the exhibition opening, the Museum's Costume Institute Benefit will take place on Monday, May 4, 2015.  Silas Chou will serve as Honorary Chair.  The evening’s co-chairs will be Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li, Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch, and Anna Wintour.  This event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.  Additional financial support for the 2015 exhibition and benefit is provided by a group of Chinese donors.

“From the earliest period of European contact with China in the 16th century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with fantasy, romance, and nostalgia,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute.  “In an intricate process of translation and mistranslation similar to the game of ‘Telephone’–which the British call ‘Chinese Whispers’–designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a fantastic pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.”

Exhibition Overview
This is The Costume Institute’s first collaboration with another curatorial department sinceAngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion in 2006, a partnership with the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.  Chinese Whispers will feature more than 100 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China will be incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which we understand the richness of Chinese history.

The Anna Wintour Costume Center’s Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery will present a series of “whispers” or conversations through time and space, focusing on Imperial China; Nationalist China, especially Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s; and Communist China, with an emphasis on changing images of Chairman Mao.  These 'whispers,' and others in the exhibition, will be illustrated with scenes from films by such groundbreaking Chinese directors as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Ang Lee, and Wong Kar Wai.  Distinct vignettes will be devoted to “women of style,” including Madame Wellington Koo, Madame Chiang Kai-shek (Soong May-Ling), and Empress Dowager Cixi.

Directly above the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the Chinese Galleries on the second floor will showcase fashion from the 1700s to the present, juxtaposed with decorative arts from Imperial China, including jade, lacquer, cloisonné, and blue-and-white porcelain, mostly drawn from the Met’s collection.  The Astor Court will feature a thematic vignette dedicated to Chinese opera, focusing on the celebrated performer Mei Lanfang, who inspired John Galliano’s spring 2003 Christian Dior Haute Couture Collection, ensembles from which will be showcased alongside Mr. Mei’s original opera costumes.

Designers in the exhibition will include Giorgio Armani, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Roberto Cavalli, Peter Dundas (Emilio Pucci), Tom Ford (Yves Saint Laurent), John Galliano (Dior), Jean Paul Gaultier, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciolo (Valentino), Craig Green, Ground-Zero, Guo Pei, Marc Jacobs (Louis Vuitton), Mary Katrantzou, Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Ralph Lauren, Ma Ke, Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen (Givenchy), Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, Isabel Toledo, Dries van Noten, Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu, Laurence Xu, and others.

Exhibition Credits
The exhibition, a collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, coincides with the Museum’s year-long centennial celebration of the Asian Art Department, which was created as a separate curatorial department in 1915.  Chinese Whispers is organized by Andrew Bolton, Curator, with the support of Harold Koda, Curator in Charge, both of The Costume Institute.  Additional support is provided by Maxwell Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman; Denise Patry Leidy, Curator; and Zhixin Jason Sun, Curator, all of the Department of Asian Art.

Internationally renowned filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will be the exhibition’s artistic director working with his longtime collaborator William Chang, who will supervise styling.  Creative production company 59 Productions (exhibition designers for David Bowie is at the V&A Museum and video for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony) will serve as the exhibition’s production designers.  The design for the 2015 Costume Institute Gala Benefit will be created by Wong Kar Wai and William Chang with 59 Productions, and Raul Avila, who has produced the Benefit décor since 2007.

“William Chang and I are pleased to be working in collaboration with The Costume Institute and the Asian Art Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on this exciting cross-cultural show,” said Wong.  “Historically, there have been many cases of being ‘lost in translation’–with good and revealing results.  As Chinese filmmakers we hope to create a show that is an Empire of Signs–filled with meaning for both East and West to discover and decipher.”

Related Content
A publication by Andrew Bolton will accompany the exhibition.  It will be produced by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press, and will be available in early May.  

A special feature on the Museum’s website, www.metmuseum.org/chinesewhispers, provides information about the exhibition.  Follow us on Facebook.com/metmuseum,Instagram.com/metmuseum, and Twitter.com/metmuseum to join the conversation about the exhibition and gala benefit.  Use #MetChineseWhispers and #MetGala on Instagram and Twitter.
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September 12, 2014



Image caption: John Galliano (British, born Gibraltar, 1960) for House of Dior (French, founded 1947), fall/winter 1997–98. Photograph by Nick Knight, Nick Knight / Trunk Archive



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Friday, September 12, 2014

Vintage Furniture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

My love for the Metropolitan Museum of Art is really huge. I have been going to this museum since I was little, and it seems surreal that I now attend press events here for the blog! I think taking children to museums when they are young, is a great way to introduce them to art right from the beginning. I feel the best part of the Met is there are so many different exhibits, it is easy to find something where everyone has an interest. I thought I would show you today some of the gorgeous furniture displayed at the Met. I was taken away by them while visiting recently, and felt you would really enjoy to see as well. 
















Sorry for the blurr on this one but it was one of my favorites and I had to show you 

The gold detail was gorgeous and the painting was just so lovely as well 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Photo Gallery Thursday " Bergdorf Goodman September 2014 Window Art "

September is fashion week in New York City and this was one of my shots of Bergdorf Goodman's windows! They are always so cool, and I really loved the colors on this coat dress! It makes for a very happy wardrobe I would think. Fashion week runs from September 4th until September 11th. I do have some more fashion windows to show you coming up that I shot while I visited recently. 
What is your favorite part of Fashion Week? 




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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It's Only a Play on Broadway 2014 Review

I had the pleasure of attending It's Only a Play on Broadway last Wednesday. I myself do not do many plays. I can actually name the ones I have seen pretty quickly: The Producers, Mammia Mia, The Odd Couple, Chaplin and It's Only a Play. I have a fondness for anything Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane are in, so when I heard about this opening, I had to get a ticket. This is not a sponsored review, I purchased my own ticket for the play. The whole cast is pretty amazing, kind of seems like out of a dream. I was pretty excited and even though no photos were allowed during the play, I shot some of the theater for you. 
Good idea to list everyone alphabetically as how do you pick otherwise with this cast?? 

MATTHEW BRODERICK and NATHAN LANE lead an all-star cast, including F. MURRAY ABRAHAM, STOCKARD CHANNING, RUPERT GRINT, MEGAN MULLALLY and MICAH STOCK. This hilarious ensemble comes together in a comedy written by four-time Tony® winner TERRENCE McNALLY and directed by three-time Tony® winner JACK O’BRIEN—a celebration of theatre at its best…and theatre people behaving their not-so-best.

It’s opening night of Peter Austin’s (Matthew Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his “best” friend, a television star (Nathan Lane), his novice producer (Megan Mullally), his doped-up diva (Stockard Channing), his genius director (Rupert Grint), a lethal drama critic (F. Murray Abraham), and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant (Micah Stock) on his first night in Manhattan.

It’s alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender—and proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage.

My bucket list has that I must sit in one of those balcony seats at least once in my lifetime. It has to be so cool sitting there, and how gorgeous is this theater? 
The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, previously known as the Plymouth Theatre, located at 236 West 45th Street (George Abbott Way) was renamed in 2005 in honor of Gerald Schoenfeld.

Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp to resemble the neighboring Shubert and Booth theatres designed by Henry B. Herts, the building was constructed by the Shubert brothers in 1917-18, christened the Plymouth Theatre, and leased to producer Arthur Hopkins. He intended it to be a venue for legitimate plays starring notable actors like John and Lionel Barrymore. The premiere production was A Successful Calamity, a comedy with William Gillette and Estelle Winwood.
After Hopkins died in 1948, control of the theatre returned to the Shuberts, who still own the property, which was designated a New York landmark in 1987. The 1,080-seat house was renamed after Gerald Schoenfeld, chairman of the Shubert Organization, in 2005.

I kept looking up quite a bit, and the beauty of this place was just overwhelming. I don't think there is a bad seat in the house, I had a great one very close to the stage. I like to sit close for anything but a musical, so I can see the actors. The theater is not that huge, so you can see well from any area. 
I am not a person to stand outside the theatre after a performance, but with all the great actors in this play, I gave it a shot. Unfortunately, the only actors who appeared were Rupert Grint and the newcomer above Micah Stock. Rupert signed for fans and took photos, but I couldn't get in to take a shot for you. Micah was very nice to everyone, and after taking some photos and autographs, just walked away from the theatre! Rupert had a car waiting for him, guess walking around Broadway would be hard since he is more known. 
I thought the play was really very funny. The newcomer, Micah Stock had great comic delivery, and had the audience laughing regularly. I felt the character of Megan Mullally was very similar to her part on Will & Grace. Rupert Grint, making his Broadway debut, was really funny as the young troubled director, and a far cry from his Harry Potter character. Stockard Channing was good, it was fun to see her in person, she knows how to work the stage. F. Murray Abraham was my least favorite, I see he has an Oscar, but I didn't feel his character was really that important. Matthew Broderick was good as well, he is one of my most favorites, and it was fabulous seeing him onstage again. Nathan Lane stole the show! He was just so amazing, and he was on stage for almost the whole play. If you like comedy, and you are a fan of any of the actors in the play, I would be sure to see it. The play is running until January 4, 2015. You can click on the link below if you wish to obtain tickets, I do not receive any profit from the link, just wanted to make it easier for you if you wish to see what is available. 

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