India’s Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow

Los Angeles County Museum, Art of the Americas Building 

Through February 27th, 2011

Lucknow was an extraordinarily elegant and sophisticated Indo-Islamic kingdom that flourished in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This is the first exhibition devoted to the opulent art and culture of the city, which boasted the wealthiest court and most ostentatious cityscape in northern India.

The refined artistic production of the city’s multiethnic residents and artists is represented by Indian courtly paintings, European oil paintings, drawings, prints, a range of decorative art objects and textiles, nineteenth-century photography, and twentieth-century Indian films. The exhibition provides a framework for understanding the history of the region and the nature of India’s colonial history and memory.

The exhibition is curated by Stephen Markel and Tushara Bindu Gude, South and Southeast Asian Art at LACMA.India’s Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow is organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It is supported in part by grants from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support was provided by the Southern Asian Art Council.

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Charles Kleibacker: The OSU Years

Ohio State University Historic Costume & Textile Collection, Gladys Keller Snowden Gallery

Through May 21st, 2011

The Ohio State University’s Historic Costume & Textiles Collection is presenting a tribute exhibition honoring Charles Kleibacker and his contributions to the Collection and the University while he was Designer-in-Residence and Curator from 1984-1995. The exhibition will run through May 21, 2011 and will feature thirteen Kleibacker ensembles that either Charles or some of his clients donated to the Collection. These dresses represent a microcosm of Charles’ professional life, showcasing his dedication to quality, engineering, construction details and educating students.

In addition to the garments, we will also be showing images of some of the many remarkable pieces owned by the Collection and acquired by Charles during his tenure at OSU. Among these are some of the most important designer and period fashions and textiles in the Collection including gowns by Charles Frederick Worth, Paul Poiret, Madeleine Vionnet, and Coco Chanel.

Additional video components in the exhibition feature a documentary of Charles’ life created by Jeff Simms of the Columbus Museum of Art and a compilation of images from the files of the Collection of Charles “in action” on the various exhibitions, fund-raisers and Friends events he initiated. I hope you will be able to visit the exhibition and share our fond memories of Charles Kleibacker during his eleven years at The Ohio State University.

Gayle Strege

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The 19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition

FIDM Museum & Galleries, Los Angeles

Through April 30th 2011

The Tempest

Image: Sandy Powell for The Tempest. Powell won the 2010 Costume Design Academy Award for The Young Victoria. This most recent Oscar was her third, following on her wins for Shakespeare in Love (1998) and The Aviator (2004). 

Did you see The King’s SpeechAlice in Wonderland or True Grit? What aboutClash of the Titans or Burlesque? Selected costumes from these and other films are currently on display at the FIDM Museum. Featuring costumes from 20 films released in 2010, our annual exhibition provides an up-close view of the costumer’s art.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public, Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. through April 30th, 2011. Please note that the FIDM Museum will be closed April 22 through April 25 for Spring Recess.

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Thank you to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Rachel Harris at the Museum at FIDM, and the Textile Society of America for this information!

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