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Museums and Galleries 35.2

THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK hosts Great Designers: Part One through May 8, 2012. More than fifty garments and accessories are featured by designers from Alaïa to Zoran, including work by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Christian Dior and Miuccia Prada. Also presented are a number of historically and artistically significant objects that are seldom on view, such as Mariano Fortuny’s embossed velvet dress. Also presented are newer acquisitions by designers such as Miuccia Prada, whose peek-a-boo lace dress evokes a quirky style and Thierry Mugler, whose metallic bustier and fishtail skirt epitomizes the sexuality and theatricality for which the designer became famous in the 1980s. Shown are an evening gown by Thierry Mugler, white dress ensemble by Boudicca, bat wing jacket and skirt by Rick Owens, printed black dress by Elsa Schiaparelli, suit by Gianni Versace, red silk evening dress by Valentino, and coatdress by Alexander McQueen’s Givenchy. Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York, New York 10001; 212.217.4558;



THE HEARD MUSEUM’s main location in Phoenix presents Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary, on display through September 3, 2012. The distinctive tie originated in the Southwest, and its popularity quickly spread throughout the West and in many other parts of the country. The distinguishing necktie has been made even more distinctive by contemporary American Indian artists in Arizona. The bolo ties included in Native American Bolo Ties come from the Heard’s permanent collection of more than one hundred seventy bolo ties and from the promised gift of Chicago collector Norman L. Sandfield. His collection consists of more than one thousand bolo ties, scarf slides and ephemera, many of which will be on display. 2301 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004; 602.252.8848;


THE HEARD MUSEUM NORTH SCOTTSDALE hosts All That Glitters: American Indian Gold Jewelry, showing through August 5, 2012. This exhibit chronicles the development of American Indian gold jewelry from the 1960s to the present, featuring items from the Heard Museum’s permanent collection. Works by Charles Loloma (Hopi), Harvey Begay (Navajo), Charles Supplee (Hopi/French), and the collaborative work of Yazzie Johnson (Navajo) and Gail Bird (Santo Domingo/Laguna) are displayed. 34505 North Scottsdale Rd. #22, Scottsdale, AZ; 480.488.9817.


THE PHOENIX ART MUSEUM hosts Giorgio di Sant’Angelo, the first retrospective to highlight the extraordinary ingenuity of the American designer. Showing through February 12, 2012, the exhibit spans the late 1960s through the early 1990s and provides an overview of Sant’Angelo’s influence and legacy, featuring more than forty ensembles and accessories. Giorgio di Sant’Angelo (1933-1989) rose to prominence with his exuberant and colorful accessories and collections. With an eye for fantasy, Sant’Angelo created expressive collections that merged his own Latin upbringing with gypsy, Aztec, American Indian, and Asian influences. 1625 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004; 602.257.1222;


THE FOWLER MUSEUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES presents Japanese Pictorial Ikats from the Krauss Collection, through April 29, 2012. Japanese weavers, like their counterparts in South, Southeast and Central Asia, mastered the art of ikat, or the resist-dyeing of patterns into yarn before it is woven into cloth. Kasuri is the name of a rustic type of Japanese ikat cloth, almost always dyed deep blue with indigo. E-gasuri designates kasuri cloth with pictorial motifs. Fowler in Focus: Japanese Pictorial Ikats from the Krauss Collection features approximately thirty cloths selected from a collection of more than two hundred e-gasuri generously donated to the Fowler by Dr. Jeffrey Krauss of Potomac, Maryland. W. Sunset Blvd. and Westwood Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90077; 310.825.4361;


THE LEGION OF HONOR features a fashion-related art exhibition in The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860 – 1900, showing from February 18 to June 17, 2012. The exhibit explores the unconventional creativity of the British Aesthetic Movement, tracing its evolution from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact on fashion and the middle-class home. The exhibition debuted at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and is currently on view at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The Legion of Honor is the exclusive United States venue. Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue and Clement St., San Francisco, CA 94121; 415.750.3600;


TABOO STUDIO hosts Color and Form, an exhibition featuring new jewelry by Heather Guidero, Ananda Khalsa, Brooke Marks-Swanson, Valerie Mitchell, Joan Parcher, Munya Avigail Upin, and Barbara Uriu. Enamel, paint and judicious use of the colors of precious and semiprecious stones is a common theme between several of the artists’ work. The exhibition runs from February 10 to March 23, 2012. 1615 ½ West Lewis St., San Diego, CA 92103; 619.692.0099.


GALLERY FIVE features new silver jewelry by Sydney Lynch, entitled Satellite and Silver Bubble, Laurette O’Neil’s disc bead jewelry, enamel rings by Julie Shaw, as well as poly-fleece jackets and tunics by Anya SF. Milliner Christine A. Moore also features new designer hats. Seattle area artists Jon and Tracy Haaland create leather purses from both new and scrap leather together as Chemical Wedding. The gallery will also feature several small exhibits of various artists, such as clothing crafter Mina Norton, showing from January 31 to February 4, 2012, and Ellen Gienger of EGO Originals, February 7 – 11. Mona Groban and Diane Prekup, also wearable artists, will have their work displayed from February 14 – 18 and February 21 – 25. 140 Bridge Rd., Tequesta, FL 33469; 561.747.5555.


THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON presents Beauty as Duty: Textiles and the home front in WWII Britain, through May 28, 2012. This exhibition looks at ways that textiles were put into service on Britain’s Home Front in the 1940s. Mass-produced “utility” clothes had to conform to strict government regulations, yet managed to be fashionable. Colorful scarves printed with motifs relating to British life during and after the war—many by the high-end London textile firm Jacqmar—were a practical way to spruce up a look. Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115;


THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM hosts Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art, on view through April 1, 2012. Approximately one hundred works from public and private collections worldwide offer an unprecedented exploration of Native American art from 200 B.C. to the present. Shapeshifting, the first large-scale, traveling exhibition of its kind in more than thirty years, presents a new approach to interpreting and appreciating Native American art and culture. Constellations of historic and contemporary artworks explore connections between Native people, art traditions and cultures. East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970; 978.745.9500;


THE BARD GRADUATE CENTER hosts Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones, through April 15, 2012. A collaboration between the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Stephen Jones, the world’s foremost hat designer, the exhibition displays more than two hundred fifty hats. From a twelfth-century Egyptian Fez to 1950s Balenciaga, a wide range of millinery is selected. The exhibit is divided into four sections: Inspiration, Creation, The Salon, and The Client. 18 West 86th St., New York, NY 10024; 212.501.3000;


THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN displays Beauty in All Things: Japanese Art and Design, ending February 19, 2012. In Japan, beauty can be found in objects from the most refined to the most humble, often with standards very different from those in the Western world. Drawn largely from the MAD collection, Beauty in All Things features contemporary Japanese craft artists and designers who create innovative works within these ideals of beauty. Some push traditional techniques and materials in new directions, and others experiment with new technologies and materials within the context of historical practice. In this exhibition, specific works are highlighted that exemplify Japanese concepts of beauty, including shizen, wabi sabi and datsuzoku. Jewelry, ceramics and sculpture are among the exhibited items. 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019; 212.299.7777;


THE CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM presents Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth, showing from January 21 to April 29, 2012. This exhibition is the largest scale presentation of the work of Chicago-based artist Nick Cave to date. Cave combines aspects of sculpture, fashion design, dance, and video art in his larger- than-life Soundsuits. These full body, form fitting suits are layered and textured with metal, plastic, found objects, and colorfully dyed human hair designed to rattle, swish and resonate in rhythm with the movements of the wearer, usually Cave himself. 953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 877.472.4226;


KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM hosts On the Home Front: Civil War Fashions and Domestic Life, through August 26, 2012. On the Home Front focuses on the daily life and experiences of the American civilian population during the Civil War and in the years immediately following. The pieces on exhibit, including women’s and children’s costumes, supplemented with related photographs, decorative arts and women’s magazines, are organized thematically. Far from being a simple trivial diversion during such a critical period, fashion provides a unique window into the lived experience of Americans during the Civil War. East Main Street and South Lincoln St., Kent, OH 44242; 330.672.3450;


THE NATIONAL ORNAMENTAL METAL MUSEUM hosts the Enamelist Society’s 13th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition and the 9th International Juried Student Exhibition from February 24 to April 29, 2012. Sponsored by The Enamelist Society, the exhibition highlights the best in contemporary enamels produced in the last two years. The International Juried Exhibition showcases the work of enamelists who demonstrate aesthetic and technical expertise. 374 Metal Museum Dr., Memphis, TN 38106; 901.774.6380;


THE POTOMAC FIBER ARTS GALLERY hosts the exhibition Wondrous, Lustrous Silk, through February 12, 2012. Gallery members show work inspired by the most beautiful of fibers. The Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery is a co-operative association of approximately seventy members from the metropolitan area. The artists use fiber techniques with traditional and nontraditional materials such as wire and glass. Knitting, weaving, papermaking, quilting, basketry, jewelry, handpainting, and dyeing are examples of the skills the artists exhibit. 105 North Union St., Studio 18, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703.548.0935.


THE RACINE ART MUSEUM presents Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads through February 5, 2012. This exhibition emphasizes the development of polymer as an expressive medium for artwork in recent decades. Along with borrowed polymer artwork from artists, galleries and private lenders from across the country, Terra Nova debuts a portion of a large number of works gifted to the museum in 2009 by the Polymer Collection Project. 441 Main St., Racine, WI 53403; 262.638.8300;


THE BURKE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND CULTURE presents Fashion Statement: Native Artists Against Pebble Mine, through March 25, 2012. The traveling exhibit of wearable art highlights a rural Alaskan community’s opposition to foreign mining investors attempting to build North America’s largest open pit mine at the headwaters of their fragile salmon spawning grounds. Native Alaskan fisherwoman and artist Anna Hoover curated the exhibit as her master’s degree project for the University of Washington. Presentation of the exhibit is funded by the Bill Holm Center. 17th Ave. NE and NE 45th St., Seattle, WA 98195; 206.543.5590;



THE TEXTILE MUSEUM OF WASHINGTON D.C. features Weaving Abstraction: Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central Africa through February 12, 2012. The textiles of the Kuba kingdom are among the most distinctive and spectacular works of African art. Emerging in the early seventeenth century, the Kuba kingdom grew into a powerful and wealthy confederation of eighteen different ethnic groups located in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. This will be the first major museum exhibition in the United States to showcase the artistic inventiveness and graphic power of Kuba ceremonial dance skirts within a wide-ranging survey of Kuba design. 2320 South St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20008; 202.667.0441;



THE MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY IN VIENNA presents Naga People: Jewelry and Ashes, from February 1 through June 18, 2012. Long feared by their neighbors as notorious head-hunters, the Naga live in the mountainous northeast of India. They recorded the stories of their life and their world not in ink on paper but in a complex system of textile patterns, jewelry designs and wood carvings. Naga People features the jewelry and ornaments of this culture, accompanied by videos of Nagas being interviewed or singing. Neue Burg, Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien, Vienna;


THE MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY hosts Hiroshima by Ishiuchi Miyako through February 12, 2012. This powerful exhibition features forty-eight photographs by Ishiuchi Miyako of clothing and accessories left behind by victims of the 1945 atomic bomb at Hiroshima, Japan. Unlike the black-and-white images most often associated with Hiroshima, showing devastated landscapes emptied of humanity, Ishiuchi’s color photographs represent her own deeply personal, intimate encounters with everyday objects that, unlike the people to whom they once belonged, continue to exist in the present. 6393 Northwest Marine Dr., Vancouver V6T 1Z2, British Columbia, Canada; 604.822.5087;


THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM presents Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World, through April 9, 2012. This original exhibition brings to life the Classic Period (250 - 900 B.C.) of this ancient Mesoamerican culture and features many never-before-seen artifacts. This exhibit is the result of an exciting international collaboration between the ROM, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the National Institute of Anthropology and History. Nearly two hundred fifty artifacts have been assembled, including large sculptures, ceramics, masks, and jewelry. 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto M5S 2C6, ON, Canada; 416.586.8000;




THE SCHMUCK MUSEUM IN PFORZHEIM hosts Serpentina: The Snake in Jewellery Around the World, showing through February 26, 2012. Sin and temptation, cunning and slyness, death and disaster on the one hand as well as eternity and renewal, protection and healing power on the other: the symbolic meanings of the snake are many and quite varied. The creature has fascinated humans at all times and in all cultures and inspired the creation of exquisite works of art—including pieces of jewelry. Compiling a variety of displays illustrating the theme, the exhibition covers the entire spectrum of snakes in jewelry, with approximately one hundred twenty pieces from various epochs and countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and America. Jahnstrasse 42, Pforzheim d-75173, Germany; 49.0.7231.39.21.26;




ELECTRUM GALLERY features the exhibition Target The Heart, through March 3, 2012. The exhibit is held in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation for their Mending Broken Hearts appeal. Artists include Michael Berger, Mikala Djorup, Joel Degen, Katerina Ioannidis, and Zoe Robertson. 21 South Molton St., London W1K 5QZ, Great Britain; 0.20.7629.6325.


THE MANCHESTER ART GALLERY displays the traveling exhibition Under That Cloud, presenting jewelry by eighteen international artists produced in response to their experience of being stranded together in Mexico City in April 2010 under the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud. Their enforced stay became an exciting opportunity to make new work inspired by their impressions of Mexico— the vibrant colors, the traffic chaos, the architecture, the ancient heritage, the music, and the people. Mosley St., Manchester M2 3JL, Lancashire, Great Britain; 0.16.1235.8888.


THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM hosts Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, showing from May 19, 2012 through January 6, 2013. The exhibit will be the first exhibition in the newly renovated Fashion Galleries and will feature beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening gowns and catwalk showstoppers. There is a strong British design tradition of creating sumptuous ballgowns, one that has been upheld in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries through the work of designers such as Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. The exhibition will cover more than sixty years of a tradition that continues to flourish. Cromwell Rd., London SW7 2RL, Great Britain; 0.20.7942.2000;


THE WHITWORTH ART GALLERY presents the exhibition Cotton: Global Threads, from February 11 to May 13, 2012. Themes tackled by the exhibition include Trade Goods, examining India’s extensive global trade networks in the centuries before cotton production shifted to Western Europe; Technological Revolution, which looks at the impact of spinning and weaving technology on the development of the cotton industry in Lancashire; and Moral Fibre, a provocative look at cotton’s dirty secrets and its human and environmental impact. The installations by contemporary artists Yinka Shonibare, Liz Rideal, Lubaina Himid, Anne Wilson, Abdoulaye Konaté, Aboubakar Fofana, and Grace Ndiritu engage with these themes in different ways. Oxford Rd., Manchester M15 6ER, Great Britain; 0.16.1275.7450.




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