Model as Muse – part 1

The recently opened exhibition, Model as Muse (at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) is in need of comment from WT. However, given my current over-extended schedule, a more in-depth analysis of the topic will have to wait (I’m planning to post a review of sorts in a month or so). But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go to the exhibit and let us know what you think.

If you aren’t able to make it to New York, there are a couple of options available. The PR department at the MET is being rather forward-thinking about their promotion and has put an overview of the gallery up on Youtube. It’s a little hard to see, and no labels are shown, so it’s often hard to know what you’re looking at (or to discern the rhetorical context for the garments). The video that WWD produced is a little better, and has some close-ups – but still not a lot of intellectual content. But, they are better than nothing.

From the MET, CI:

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From WWD:

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Earlier in the week there were a series of lectures from the Museum available through Youtube on The Model as Muse that I was hoping to watch this past weekend – sadly, it looks as if those have now become unavailable. (Should settings be changed, they were available here). In the meantime, I suppose we’ll have to make do editorially with a New York Magazine Youtube interview and tour with Harold Koda and a (much better I think), interview with co-curator Kohle Yohannan by the Assiciated Press:

New York Magazine:

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Associated Press:

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I hope to have a more in depth book review for you in the next month or so – once I’ve had a chance to actually read the book! In the meantime, here’s an interesting peice that the Wall Street Journal put out on Saturday: Where Have All the Muses Gone?

I would be interested to know what visitors to the exhibition thought of it, and what readers of WT think of Museums putting out promotional videos to market their exhibits to the public. The Scholarly Kitchen blog recently posted a related post on the use video curators online. Check it out and feel free to leave your responses to these thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Christina Faaborg Jensen July 15, 2009 03.57 am

    I am writing my final paper in Comparative Literature and culture at the University of Aarhus Denmark. I am wrtiting about fashion and the way it is expressed throughout media – focusing on the literary effects it uses – as narrativity through storytelling.
    Well I read about this exhibition and found it interesting and then got a scholarship to travel to NY and see it. And it was all worth. I thought it was a very pretty exhibition, and it told a lot about the culture and history of fashion. I am looking at the topic about Fashion Icons, and I must say, that the model is a great example of such an icon.
    And also I was very happy to see how artistic and aesthetical the exhibition was, it also confirmed to me that fashion is kind of art.

     
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