Saturday, July 21, 2012

Summer Art Exhibitions

It has been far too long since my last post and I am ready to get back to regularly blogging. I have been crazy busy since February with work etc and am finally finished with my preparations for heading to London in September for graduate school...I was working out applications, letters, papers and my visa, but now that its all done and processed, I promise to be blogging more! 

Here is a list of upcoming must-see museum exhibitions throughout California...I will try and add more through the US as well. Note: my past blog post was about Cindy Sherman...and look, she's in San Francisco now!

Legion of Honor, San Francisco

July 14, 2012 - October 14, 2012

July 14, 2012 - November 11, 2012

March 24, 2012 - August 19, 2012

July 7 - October 14

September 10, 2011 - July 29, 2012

Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

An Exhibition and The Dorothy Saxe Invitational
Through September 9, 2012

Jewish Life in the Bay Area from the Gold Rush to the Present
Through October 16, 2012

SF Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

June 07 - October 08, 2012

Selections from the SFMOMA Collection
May 18 – August 12, 2012

Cindy Sherman
July 14 - October 8, 2012

Asian Art MuseumSan Francisco

May 18 – September 2, 20102

California Historical Society, San Francisco

February - October 14, 2012

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

June 5 – January 13, 2013

May 29 – August 2012

Gustav Klimt
July 3 - September 23, 2012

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

July 17 - September 9

The Huntington LibrarySan Marino

June 16 – September 17, 2012

July 28 – October 29, 2012

Timkin Museum of Art, San Diego

May 10 – September 9, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Capturing Life: The Cindy Sherman Eye

The Museum of Modern Art in New York is exhibiting a 170 photographs-strong retrospective of Cindy Sherman's work from her phenomenal career over the past three+ decades.

Cindy was truly an innovator of her time, bringing photography to the forefront of the art world. Using herself as model, photographer, stylist and more, Cindy had brought old world charm, glamour, dynamic, evocative and even grotesque images in larger than life sizes.

I highly encouraging everyone to go see his how, it is sure to be amazing! 

Exhibition Opens: 
February 26 - June 11, 2011
Member preview February 21

Untitled Film Still #21
Gelatin silver print

Untitled Film Still #7
Gelatin silver print

Untitled #96
Chromogenic color print

Untitled #474
Chromogenic color print

all images via moma

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fashion and the Museum

I've been to numerous fashion-dedicated exhibitions in San Francisco and New York museums and have wavered in my opinions on the place for fashion in museums. This article from February's ARTnews really sheds some light into the ever mingling world of fashion and museum exhibitions. Although this article looks long, it is thorough and includes the gamut of museums from large New York institutions to smaller university museums' fashion exhibitions. 

A number of fashion and museum authorities are quoted and overall give the opinion of being pro-fashion for exhibitions in museums. However, the article does bring up the underlying and always present rule that not-for-profit institutions can not take monetary support or sponsorship from designers for these blockbuster exhibitions, as that would turn the show into an advertising campaign for the designer. This topic is addressed by Dan Monroe, President of the Association of Art Museum Directors, in a clear cut manner, that museums can not and must not teeter that line and loose control of the exhibition at their institution to the design house. 

I do think it is a wonderful treat for viewers to see these beautiful, haute couture pieces in a way that they can be appreciated for their beauty and craftsmanship. Most people will ever wear or see an exquisitely embroidered 1940's bolero by Balenciaga or view Yves St. Laurent's cocktail dress Tribute to Piet Mondrian, without viewing them in a museum setting. When done correctly, a museum can also provide a history lesson to viewers through the clothes, as designers take influences from the environment and culture that surrounds them. 

Please take the time to read this article and develop your own opinion on his matter as I know we will be seeing more and more fashion exhibitions in museums worldwide. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Art in Advertising

The glorious Diane von Furstenberg has reached new artistic heights in her recent ad campaign for her Spring 2012 line. Taking a cue from Surrealism, von Furstenberg had her models situated in a vast, desert-like plane with dynamic juxtapositions between the atmosphere and the architectural accessories. 

The mirrored faces of the models brings a reflective nature to the ad's, forcing the viewer to see herself in this place, in these clothes. I love this spread and am so glad to see designers taking a truly artistic approach to showcasing their clothes, after all they are a work of art in their own right. 

images courtesy of DVF

Thursday, February 2, 2012

First Thursdays

Since the weather has been so unbelievably nice in the San Francisco why don't you mosey on to downtown this evening and go to First Thursdays!

It's a great opportunity to visit many art galleries that you might not otherwise ever visit (or know existed). There are numerous galleries across The City (and in the East and North Bays) that are open for viewing. If you're in San Francisco, I would recommend heading down to the 49 Geary and/or 77 Geary Galleries and visiting the other galleries in Union Square!