Since 2013 began, my time has been so consumed with working on exhibitions and other projects, that I have not had the time to visit any shows on my own! A few that I’d hoped to see have now closed before I’ve had the chance to check them out, which includes the Bjarne Melgaard show, A ‘New Novel’, which included clothing by Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler. Yet, rather than focusing on lost opportunities, I thought that I would take this chance to share a couple not-to-be-missed-events that are happening in New York City this spring.
The first is an exhibition that is currently on view at The Queen Sophia Spanish Institute, Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy.
After working with antique textiles for several years, I will never forget the moment when I first made the distinction between a knock-off Fortuny textile and the genuine article. Although with some time and contemplation I found that it was possible to articulate the subtle differences between the two textiles, it was an early moment of connoisseurship that was exciting to me for both the practical, knowledge-based implications, as well as for the sheer enjoyment of handling and admiring a beautiful Fortuny object.
Installation shot via the Fortuny website
The exhibition at The Queen Sophia Spanish Institute explores the heritage and familial lineage of the Fortuny brand, and includes garments, as well as paintings, printed and woven textiles, and lighting all created under the Fortuny umbrella. Here is a brief description from the institutional website:
A seminal exhibition analyzing the work of celebrated Spanish artist and designer Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871–1949) in the context of the family of artists from which he descended. Conceived by and curated with Oscar de la Renta, chairman of the Institute’s board of directors, this will be the first exhibition to examine the impact of both the matrilineal and paternal artistic legacies on Fortuny’s groundbreaking work in numerous fields, from textile and clothing design to visual arts, and elaborating on the origins and influences that shaped his extraordinary career.
The show is on view through March 30, 2013. Please see the website for more information.
Another event, which I am very much looking forward to is the screening of the film Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution, that is happening on Tuesday March 5, at The Fashion Institute of Technology. This documentary was playing at the IFC center for a short time during the Fall, and I’m so happy to have a second chance to see it after missing out the first time around. As with all FIT events, they are free and open to the general public, but they do require advance registration, as well as have a tendency to ‘sell out’. Here is info from the FIT website:
Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution (documentary) ~ Deborah Riley-Draper (director)
Tuesday, March 5, 5:30 pm (doors open at 5pm)
FIT Haft Auditorium
Atlanta-based director Deborah Riley-Draper will present her critically acclaimed documentary Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution that recounts the legendary fashion show of 1973 at Chateau de Versailles that catapulted African American models and American sportswear designers onto the European stage. A panel discussion with the director and special guests will follow.
The showing of Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution is in tribute to Women’s History Month and a salute to the 40th anniversary of Le Grand Divertissement a Versailles. Sponsored by the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs at Fashion Institute of Technology in collaboration with the School of Liberal Arts, Presidential Scholars, the Museum at FIT, Office of Student Life, Office of Enrollment Management and Student Success, and Leonard Davis.