Thought provoking Exhibits at Brooklyn Museum of Art

This week I participated in an Art Tour offered by Artful Circle to the Brooklyn Museum specifically for a tour and lecture through two inspiring exhibits.

The first was to explore the artwork of Ai Wei Wei, the activist who was held under house arrest for 81 days by Totalitarian Chinese Government.   Not only is he an artist, but also a filmmaker, photographer and writer.   There were two pieces that struck me, one as a designer whereby he followed the concept of the ancient Chinese storage cabinetry and turned it into a contemporary sculpture of several units set in a row and looking through the round cutout – when lined up with a particular placement of each cutout cast the total spectrum of the moon’s lunar phases.     ai-wei-wei-cabinet-moon-phases-cutout

When a major earthquake hit one of the provinces of China that totally destroyed a village and its school killing over 5000 school children – Ai Wei Wei created this snake from the backpacks of these children that was uncovered whiling digging in hopes of finding survivors.   This snake hangs from the ceiling of the exhibit hall.      THIS IS AN EXHIBIT THAT SHOULD NOT BE MISSED.   

ai-wei-wei-snake-earthquake-disasterWhile I was at Parsons for my design studies; on the West Coast there was an exhibit that was creating quite a stir.   The Dinner Party created by Judy Chicago; then at the forefront of “Feminist Art” – even today there are not many artists who can claim that genre.   I’ve had that exhibition catalogue  for years in my Library, and now its here,  presented at the Brooklyn Museum.    It is Judy’s creative dinner party with female guests who she has honored, admired, and appreciated their accomplishes whether they are mythical, historical, literary – saintly.    This is her personal journey understanding and acknowledging the empowerment of women throughout time.    The two shown here is one place setting for Georgia O’Keefe and the second is Eleanor Aquitaine.

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Charles James Exhibition

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If you haven’t seen this wonderful exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum’s  Costume Institute you must run before it closes next week.    The digital robotic cameras  that  zoom into each dress’s specific detail and shows you how the detail was created and attached to the dress was amazing!!!!!

As soon as you walk through the exhibit, at least for me, today’s icons of fashion can be recognized.   A Charles James day dress reminded me of a Norma Kamali I owned in the 80’s;

James certainly had great influences on the likes of Halston and Donna Karen.    But that digital camera brought great insight into the genius of this designer.

I went with a dear friend on a Friday evening and participated in the Charles James Birthday celebration on the Balcony; wandered through the exhibition and then visited the sculpture hall whre they had a Walk in Drawing session with a model in one of his fabulous ball gowns!    Fun was had by all.

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