Jeffrey Dodd Exhibits at the Kaneko Art Museum

Jeffrey Dodd is exhibiting a selection of archived pieces alongside his fall 2019 collection at the Kaneko Art Museum in Omaha, Neb. The exhibition, which opened last month, will be on display through June. Dodd has joined the artist Jun Kaneko and five other artists in an exhibit titled “The Human Condition.”
In addition to his clothing, Dodd’s installation includes a series of sketches, drawings, prints and fabrics. These elements offer a look into Dodd’s creative process, color study and 2-D to 3-D exploration and provide the viewer insight into his evolution as an artist and designer.
The “Human Condition” exhibition is a study of human experience as seen through the humanities — art, music, literature, history, and now fashion. The purpose of this multidisciplinary exhibition “is to encourage visitors to immerse themselves in the question of how we define what it means to be human,” the museum said.
To toast the partnership, Dodd hosted a cocktail celebration to unveil his installation last month with board members and donors, as well as 150 to 200 museum supporters.
Dodd, who was born and raised in Iowa, plans to draw on Kaneko’s distinctive use of color and lines in his next collection.
Kaneko founded the contemporary art

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EXCLUSIVE: The Whitney Museum to Honor Michael Bloomberg at Gala and Studio Party

The Whitney Museum of American Art will honor Michael Bloomberg during its annual Gala and Studio Party on April 9.
The centrist politician, who two weeks ago revealed he would not be running for president in 2020, is “a great friend to the Whitney,” according to the museum’s Alice Pratt Brown director Adam D. Weinberg. Bloomberg’s honor stems from his philanthropic work and support for artists and cultural organizations; under his administration spanning 11 years, the founder of Bloomberg LP backed 500 public art projects.
There’s more cause for celebration, though: the gala, which this year will be sponsored by Michael Kors and Audi, marks the four-year anniversary of the museum’s move downtown to the Meatpacking District. Plus folks will be able to celebrate — or perhaps more accurately, mourn — the closing of the oft-Instagrammed exhibit “Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again.”
For Kors’ part, he said he’s looking forward to checking out the next thing the museum has to offer.
“I love the building and the fact that there’s always something new and provocative to see,” he said. “Having the Whitney in my backyard is a dream.”

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Alife Collaborates With the Brooklyn Museum, Faith Ringgold

Last year, Alife relaunched with an unexpected Crocs collaboration.
Alife approached Crocs before the footwear brand reentered the fashion conversation via a tie-in with Balenciaga on an imaginative, platform pair that retails for $ 850. But since then, newer streetwear brands including Pleasures and Chinatown Market have released their own co-branded Crocs.
“That’s the last thing we wanted to happen,” said Treis Hill, an Alife cofounder, when asked about these collaborations. “One thing that Alife consistently tries to ensure, which might be to our detriment, is that we aren’t trying to follow what people do. No one was thinking about Crocs until we did it, so for us let’s move on to something else and focus on a new message.”
That new message is Black History Month, and Alife has partnered with the Brooklyn Museum and Faith Ringgold, a Harlem-born artist whose work was featured in the “Soul of a Nation” exhibit at the museum. Ringgold is known for her quilts, but also practices painting, sculpting and performance art.
“Alife is centered around art and our objective is to push art and perpetuate that through our apparel, but this is the first time we’ve done something during Black History Month,” said Hill. “This was an

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To Discover an Up-and-Coming Neighborhood, Look for the Museum

Many homeowners are drawn to property near new museums and art districts whose cultural offerings boost real-estate values.
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In a Netherlands Museum Director, the Nazis Found an Ally

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First Lady Melania Trump Visits Obama Hall and Ghana Museum

HAIL TO THE CHIEF: First Lady Melania Trump spent part of Wednesday morning visiting Obama Hall in the Emintsimadze Palace in Ghana’s Cape Coast. A photo of President Obama, who visited the site during his first year in office, is hung in the lobby, according to a press pool report.
Trump was greeted with an “Awkwaaba” (Welcome) sign with a photo of her own likeness and name. She had traveled there to meet with Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, the chieftain of the regional Fante tribe.
The First Lady arrived to a flurry of Ghanaian and American flags outdoors. Yellow and purple sashes — meant to be signs of royalty and wealth — adorned the interiors. Girls played traditional horns, better known as antentebens. In an olive jacket, tan pants and chocolate brown stilettos, Trump appears to be maintaining an earthy palette thus far for her four-nation trip.
As is customary, the First Lady was seeking permission to visit the Cape Coast Castle, which served as an outpost to transfer slaves. Obama likened it to a Holocaust concentration camp.
With approval granted, Trump ditched her heels for flats, as there was some ground to cover. At what is believed to be the site in Ghana

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The Costume Institute’s ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ Ranks Third Among Most-Visited Exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Costume Institute’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” has passed the one-million visitor mark.
In doing so, the show now is the Costume Institute’s most visited and the third most visited for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Catholic-themed fashion extravaganza knocked out “The Vatican Collections,“ which was held in 1983, in the third-place slot. It is now just behind “Mona Lisa,” a 1963 show and “Treasures of Tutankhamun” from 1978. King Tut still reigns supreme for the Fifth Avenue museum with more than 1.36 million visitors.
But Heavenly Bodies may gain ground since it will continue to be on view at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters through Oct. 8. Made possible through the support of Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman, and Versace, the show is meant to be a museum journey examining how the Catholic Church has inspired legions of designers. Catholicism — past, present and future — was considered to be a delicate (and exhaustive) subject to tackle. That may be more true now than when it opened in early May, given last week’s report of decades of alleged child sex abuse by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania.
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Uniqlo Partners With Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to Launch Katagami Collection

LINE THEM UP: With art pretty much always being in fashion, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has teamed with UNIQLO to launch the Katagami UT collection.
Inspired by katagami stencil from the museum’s collection of Japanese art, there are eight T-shirt designs for women and seven for men. The artsy items are being sold in Uniqlo stores and through its e-commerce site, as well as through the MFA Signature Shop. This launch builds upon the 10-year partnership both parties formed last year.
Hand-carved from paper with intricate designs, katagami stencils are traditionally used to dye cotton, silk or other textiles for Japanese garments. MFA curators worked closely with Uniqlo to select patterns from the Museum’s collection of 4,200 katagami stencils, most of which were brought to Boston by William Sturgis Bigelow, who was one of the first Americans to live in Japan. Bigelow played a key part in establishing the Japanese collection at the MFA, which now totals nearly 100,000 objects in all genres. The Uniqlo-MFA collaboration makes its debut 108 years after the MFA held an exhibition spotlighting katagami stencils — not only as tools, but also as works of art in their own right.
A launch party is set

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A Museum Show Where the Exhibits Are for Sale

In a new installation at New York’s Whitney Museum from the fashion brand Eckhaus Latta, visitors can buy the items on display, raising the question: Is it still an exhibition if you can shop it?
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A Canadian Museum Promotes Indigenous Art. But Don’t Call It ‘Indian.’

Will a debate over terminology at the Art Gallery of Ontario help the progress of artists who are underrepresented in United States museums?
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Museum of the Year: Tate St Ives wins £100,000 prize

The gallery’s £20m extension is described as “breathtakingly beautiful” by Museum of the Year judges.
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Victoria & Albert Museum Brings Christian Dior Exhibition to the U.K.

LONDON MOMENT: The Victoria & Albert Museum is shifting the spotlight onto Christian Dior for its next major fashion exhibition, opening in February.
The London museum plans to adapt “Christian Dior: Couturier of Dreams,” the popular show that opened last year at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs, for a U.K. audience. The exhibition will be the largest Dior exhibition held in the country and the V&A’s biggest fashion exhibition since “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.”
The collaboration between the French house and the museum was announced during a cocktail held Sunday evening at the British embassy in Paris.
The show will trace the history of the house and the impact of Christian Dior, and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. A new section will be added that explores Christian Dior’s relationship with Britain, from his fascination with English gardens, Savile Row and British ocean liners, to his circle of London-based clients, including Nancy Mitford and Margot Fonteyn.
“Reimagining this hugely popular exhibition from Paris — as the largest fashion exhibition the V&A has undertaken since ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ — will shed new light on Dior’s fascination with Britain,” said Tim Reeve, the museum’s deputy director and chief operating officer.
The show will also aim

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Codebreaking Bombe moves to computer museum

Designed by Alan Turing, the machine helped uncover how German forces had scrambled key messages.
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Critic’s Notebook: Oprah Earned This Museum Show. And It’s a Potent Spectacle.

An exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture captures what Oprah Winfrey and her TV show have meant.
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Dosa’s Christina Kim Plans Exhibitions in Oaxaca, Marfa, Palm Springs and the RISD Museum

Before Dosa’s Christina Kim picks up the National Design Award for Fashion from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum this fall, she will be exhibiting why she earned it.
Partial to protecting handcrafts and recycling goods to reduce waste, the designer and artist will be involved with a series of projects. Just back from Mexico, Kim has been working with artisans in Oaxaca, finessing an installation. Under her direction, their work will be installed in a 15,000-square-foot former cotton mill that is now an art center. The eight-person team is cutting paper into what will look like lace in time for the July 8 opening. There will be 1,000 hand-cut designs. “It’s a lot of work, but that is part of working with artisans,” said Kim, who has already made three trips there and plans to make three more before the opening.
Having worked on Oaxaca for 27 years, she has teamed with a workshop that specializes in handmade papers for 15 years. “It’s interesting how you can make paper look like textiles.” Kim said. “I haven’t been doing as many collections any more because I have been working with so many different cultures and I see shifts happening really quickly. What I’m

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Reporter’s Notebook: I Went Naked to a Museum, and It Was … Revealing

In association with a French nudist association, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris held a special tour of exhibits for nude visitors only.
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The Museum World Is Having An Identity Crisis, And Firing Powerful Women Won’t Help

When the man who curated a Carl Andre show fires a woman who curated a Kerry James Marshall show, it’s not a good look.
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At Museum ‘Stroller Tours,’ Babies Cry, Nap and Admire Kandinsky

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How A Bottle Of Booze With No Historical Value Wound Up In A Museum

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Metropolitan Museum Names Director

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has named Max Hollein as its new director. Mr. Hollein led the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and he succeeds Thomas Campbell, who resigned from the Met last year as the New York museum was struggling with years of financial missteps.
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Museum of Lace and Fashion to Stage ‘Haute Lace’ Exhibition

ACES OF LACE: Lacy creations from the couture and ready-to-wear collections of 14 international houses from across the past five years will enjoy some close inspection in “Haute Lace,” the latest exhibition headed to the Museum of Lace and Fashion. The museum is located in Calais, a town in northern France famous for its Leavers lace.
Participating brands include Chanel, Yiqing Yin, Valentino, Viktor & Rolf and Christian Dior, each presenting contemporary interpretations of the fine fabric, including couture creations involving up to 1,000 hours of handiwork. Designs range from a spring 2018 couture dress by Chanel featuring Leavers lace bonded to scuba material and a dress mixing Leavers lace interwoven with laser-cut leather from the spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection of Iris van Herpen.
In the mix will be photographs, videos and experimental lace swatches by ateliers including Maison Lemarié.
The show will run June 9 to Jan. 6, 2019.
The captions will share details on the process behind the collaborations, such as how an archive Thirties lace design made its way into one of the runway shows in 2017.
The most recent exhibition at the museum focused on the defining moments of Hubert de Givenchy’s career. Cristóbal Balenciaga, van Herpen and Anne Valérie Hash

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Warriors call D.C. museum visit ‘unifying’

The Golden State Warriors took some local students to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in lieu of the defending NBA champions visiting the White House.
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London’s Design Museum to Salute Azzedine Alaïa With Retrospective

ALL ABOUT AZZEDINE: London’s newly opened Design Museum in Holland Park will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer had helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month.
The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the Groninger Museum, will look at the impact his work has had worldwide.
The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to Oct. 7 and feature specially commissioned pieces of design and sculpture by Konstantin Grcic, Marc Newson and Kris Ruhs, with whom Alaïa collaborated in 2015. The 2015 show at the designer’s Paris gallery called “The Hanging Garden” featured an installation of 45,000 shapes.
Alaïa is recognized for his ability to drape and sculpt on the human frame with different materials, using innovative cuts, fits and tailoring methods. In July, he returned to the couture calendar after a six-year hiatus and was ready to open a long-awaited London flagship early next year.
Alaïa was celebrated by fashion designers new and old in the industry. Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons described Alaïa as a designer who “worked with his heart and soul.”
Last week at the Fashion Awards in London, Alaïa was top of mind, with lineup

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The MAXXI Museum Holds Fundraising Gala Dinner in Rome

MILAN — The MAXXI, Rome’s Museum of the Arts for the 21st Century, held its annual “Acquisition Gala Dinner” in Rome on Monday.
The fifth-annual fund-raising event, aimed at preserving and improving the museum’s permanent collection, drew more than 500 guests, including Roberta Armani; Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari; Fendi chief executive officer Pietro Beccari, who is leaving the Roman company and will join Dior at the beginning of 2018; Daniel and Florance Guerlain, and Italian entrepreneur Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Giovanna Melandri and Pietro Beccari attending the MAXXI Acquisition Gala Dinner. 
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Giovanna Melandri, president of MAXXI Foundation, underscored the importance of the synergies between public institutions and private firms. She also highlighted that in 2016, the museum’s self-financing accounted for 42 percent, while the “Acquisition Gala Dinner” aims to raise private funds.
The attendees were welcomed by an installation created by artist and photographer Michel Comte called “Light” and unveiled for the occasion. The artwork focuses on the global warming issue and features a video projection on the museum’s façade and a sculpture in the lobby.
Inside, a seated dinner — provided by Italian Michelin-starred chef Cristina Bowerman — followed a musical performance by Lebanese musicians Tarek Atoui and Mazen Kerbaj.

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V&A to display Brutalist flats at museum

A three-storey section of an East London council estate, soon to be demolished, is to be preserved.
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London’s Fashion and Textile Museum Mounts Louise Dahl-Wolfe Exhibition

THE WOMEN’S ROOM: London’s Fashion and Textile Museum is set to unveil a showcase of American fashion photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe. More than 100 images from the Thirties to the Fifties will be on show, and the focus is on the contemporary independent female. Among Dahl-Wolfe’s subjects are Coco Chanel and Madeleine Vionnet as well as the Hollywood stars Bette Davis and Veronica Lake.
“She was a great colorist, and had an understanding of the female form and how it related to clothing,” said Dennis Nothdruft, head of the Fashion and Textile Museum, adding that the show is aimed at “rediscovering and promoting what she did — which was very influential.” He said Dahl-Wolfe isn’t as famous in Europe as she is in the U.S., noting that “people like Avedon and Irving Penn really follow on from what Louise Dahl-Wolfe did at Harper’s Bazaar.”
Born in San Francisco in 1895, Dahl-Wolfe started her career in 1923. She graduated from San Francisco Institute of Art, then moved to New York, opening her photography studio there. She shot for Saks Fifth Avenue and Bonwit Teller before taking up a staff photographer role at Harper’s Bazaar from 1936 to 1958.
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Yayoi Kusama, Queen of Polka Dots, Opens Museum in Tokyo

“Since I was 10 years old I have been painting every day,” she said in an interview. “I still see polka dots everywhere.”
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German Museum Details Jil Sander Solo Exhibition

Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst – which is to host a sprawling exhibition dedicated to celebrated designer Jil Sander – said it would span not only her esthetic in fashion, but also her architectural preferences and passion for gardens.

Christy Turlington wears an off-white suit with a knee-length jacket and beaded choker on the runway for designer Jil Sander’s Fall 1992 show in Milan 
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While curated by museum director Matthias Wagner K, Sander herself collaborated closely on the solo show, which will spread over 3,000 square meters. It draws heavily on her archive and delves into her quest for modernity and quality in design.

Donatella Versace, Vivienne Westwood and Jil Sander pose and smile at an event in New York where they received ‘Fashion Legend’ awards 
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“My aesthetic ideas develop out of what I have appreciated and learned in my life and what I sense of the zeitgeist,” the German designer said.
The show is slated to open to the public on Nov. 4 and run through May 6, 2018.
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Herrera to Show Spring Collection at The Museum of Modern Art

NEXT STOP, MOMA: Carolina Herrera is tapping into the art world. She will host her spring 2018 runway show in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at The Museum of Modern Art in New York on Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. It’s the first time Herrera has had a nighttime show.
Herrera plans to show two seasons at MoMA, underscoring the brand’s relationship and commitment to the city where the company is based and continues to grow.
Herrera is the first fashion designer to have a full-blown runway show at MoMA. There have been some smaller presentations in years past, but MoMA has never had a formal fashion show, said a museum spokeswoman.
Over the past three-and-a-half decades Herrera has used the city as a complement, and often an inspiration for her collections. She was also the first designer to show at the Metropolitan Club and has since shown at The Plaza, The Pierre, Bryant Park, Lincoln Center, the Frick and most recently in the Meatpacking district for the fall collection. The spring 2018 collection will mark the designer’s 72nd season showing in New York.
The MoMA location will be revealed through a series of teaser videos released on the house’s Instagram handle. Using

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Bulgari Teams With Maxxi Museum for Art Prize

ROMAN ACCOLADE: Bulgari is teaming with Rome’s Maxxi museum, a cultural institution established by the late Zaha Hadid and dedicated to 21st-century arts, to launch the Maxxi Bulgari prize.
The accolade is an evolution of the annual Premio Maxxi competition and it aims to support the museum’s efforts to spotlight young contemporary artists.
As part of the partnership, Bulgari and Maxxi tapped a panel of experts to select the finalists for the prize, including Hou Hanru, artistic director at Maxxi; David Elliott independent curator; Yuko Hasegawa, artistic director at Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director at the Serpentine Galleries in London.
The finalists will be revealed during an event, to be held on October 3 at the Bulgari Hotel in London, as part of the Frieze art fair. Following the announcement, a series of works by the shortlisted artists will go on to be showcased at the Maxxi, in an exhibition curated by Giulia Ferracci.
Jean Christophe Babin, Bulgari’s chief executive officer, said the company aims to promote the works of Italian artists on a global scale, as part of the initiative.
“The Premio Maxxi sees Italy at the center of the work of the artists involved. Supporting a prize

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The Work of James Galanos Focus of a New Exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum

HIS TIME IN THE SUN: Ten months after his death, James Galanos will be the subject of a new exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum.
For more than 50 years, the designer amassed a clientele that included Duchess of Windsor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Rosalind Russell and Diana Ross. The designer died last fall at 92.
Born to parents who had come to Philadelphia from Greece, Galanos pitched in with his three sisters at his parents’ restaurant. After that service-oriented start, Galanos moved to New York following high school hoping to enroll in a fashion school led by Russian stage designer and costumer Barbara Karinska. Due to a delayed opening, he scrapped that plan to take classes at the Traphagen School of Fashion. Eight months later Galanos decided more hands-on experience was needed.
He officially entered the world of fashion by way of Hattie Carnegie in New York working as an assistant. The several years that followed led to posts like assisting Robert Piguet in Paris and later working as a part-time sketch artist in Columbia Pictures’ costume department under the guidance of Jean Louis. The way Galanos told it, the hiring was “out of pity,” although understatement

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I Confronted Death in a Wax Museum

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Olivier Theyskens to Get the Museum Treatment in Antwerp

COUTURE CRAFT: Belgian designer Olivier Theyskens will be the subject of a solo exhibition at MoMu, the fashion museum in Antwerp, WWD has learned.
Titled “She Walks in Beauty,” the retrospective is slated to open on Oct. 12 and run through March 18, 2018. After that, the museum is slated to shutter for renovations until 2020.
The showcase is to trace the designer’s evolution over a 20-year career that saw him launch onto the international radar when Madonna wore his black satin coatdress to the 1998 Academy Awards. He cycled through several prominent houses — Rochas, Nina Ricci and Theory — before he revived his signature label after a 14-year absence in 2016.
According to the museum, Theysken’s drawings and “autodidactic work method give a great insight into the different aspects of the contemporary fashion industry: from couture to semi-couture and ready-to-wear.”
The showcase is to be accompanied by literary voices, photographs, films and drawings that illustrate his creative process.

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Minnesota Museum To Remove Gallows Exhibit After Native American Protest

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has agreed to remove a controversial outdoor “gallows” sculpture following protests by local Native Americans. The large work includes design elements of seven different historical U.S. gallows, including one used to hang 38 Dakota Indians in the state in 1862.

“I regret the pain that this artwork has brought to the Dakota community and others,” museum executive director Olga Viso said in a statement announcing the decision that was posted on Facebook Saturday. “This is the first step in a long process of healing.”

The two-story structure entitled “Scaffold,” created in 2012 by Los Angeles artist Sam Durant and inspired by a dark history of American hangings, was intended as a criticism of capital punishment. But many in the local community considered it insensitive. The hanging of the “Dakota 38” after the U.S.-Dakota War in Minnesota was the largest state-sanctioned mass execution in U.S. history.

The artist now supports dismantling his exhibit, Viso’s statement said, and has told the museum’s executive director: “It’s just wood and metal ― nothing compared to the lives and histories of the Dakota people.”

“I am in agreement with the artist that the best way to move forward is to have Scaffold dismantled in some manner and to listen and learn from the elders,” she added.

Viso said she had hoped the choice of the work would trigger a valuable dialogue and increased awareness about capital punishment and violence. “I regret that I did not better anticipate how the work would be received in Minnesota, especially by Native audiences. I should have engaged leaders in the Dakota and broader Native communities in advance of the work’s siting,” she wrote in an open letter last week.

The details of how the work will be dismantled will be determined in meetings this week with tribal elders.

The large work ― with steps for visitors to climb to the gallows ― was to be one of 18 new works in a renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center to be unveiled June 3.

Protesters on the scene applauded the decision when it was announced, but many plan to camp out at the space until the exhibit is removed. And anger has still been running high, with some on the scene brandishing signs reading: “This isn’t art; this is murder.”

James Cross, who identifies as Anishinaabe and Dakota, told the Pioneer Press that the decision to erect the scaffold without any input from the Native American community was a “slap in the face.” 

“Scaffold” was praised by critics when it was shown in 2012 in Germany and in Scotland.

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Met Museum, in Quiet Talks With City, Weighs an Admission Fee

Despite its history as a public institution with free entry to all, the museum is considering a mandatory charge to help address budget deficits.
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The First House Antoni Gaudí Ever Designed Is Now An Incredible Museum

Antoni Gaudí is known to many as the genius behind Sagrada Família, the monumental church in Barcelona, Spain, that has been called “the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.”

Originally commissioned in 1882, Gaudí became the lead architect of Sagrada Família in 1883, working on the astonishingly detailed project right up until his death in 1926. The massive structure was famously only a quarter of its way to completion at that point, nonetheless, tourists have continuously flocked to the monumental feat of art, marveling at the ways various architects have attempted to finish Gaudí’s vision over the years. 

Sadly, those waiting to see Sagrada Família in all its finite glory will have to wait until at least 2026, the projected date for its highly anticipated completion, which not-so-coincidentally will mark the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death. In the meantime, though, fans of the Spanish Catalan architect can soon visit another one of his distinctive designs ― Casa Vicens, the first house he ever built.

What was once a private home in Barcelona, built for the broker Manel Vicens from 1883 to 1885, will be transformed into a museum dedicated to Gaudí this fall. In the 1920s, the tiled house temporarily served as three separate apartments ― arranged by architect Joan Baptista Serra de Martínez with Gaudí’s approval ― but for the last century has functioned as a private home to one family. The Andorran bank MoraBanc bought the property in 2014, and renovations have been underway since 2015, overseen by Martínez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectes S.L.P. and architects José Antonio Martínez Lapeña, Elías Torres and David García.

Casa Vicens, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, along with seven other Gaudí buildings, since 2005, will reopen to the public in just a few months. While no set date has been announced, organizers have recently released a batch of images that allow people around the world to tour the yet-to-open, but ever so ornately decorated destination. Enjoy:

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Gael Garcia Bernal Toplines Alonso Ruizpalacio’s ‘Museum’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Gael Garcia Bernal is toplining Alonso Ruizpalacio’s second feature, “Museum” (“Museo”). Not unlike Ruizpalacios’s breakout hit, “Gueros,” “Museo” is a coming-of-age story, this time within a heist-road movie based on real events in the ‘80s. “Museo” recounts the circumstances behind the theft of pre-Hispanic artifacts from Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology and the shocking… Read more »

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KORS ON STAGE: The ever-quotable and enterprising Michael Kors will have plenty to share with Alina Cho when he headlines the June 21 opener of “The Atelier With Alina Cho” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
With his signature label in its 36th year, Kors has weathered the waves of American fashion better than most. (Last year his company’s fiscal revenues hit $ 4.55 billion.) The “Project Runway” judge is known for his quick wit and direct manner. His friendship with Cho, editor-at-large at Ballantine Bantam Dell, should only heighten their banter. Their chat will be part of the third season of “The Atelier” series, which has featured such fashion figures as Alber Elbaz, Diane von Furstenberg, Olivier Rousteing, Donatella Versace, Alexander Wang and Anna Wintour.
From a business perspective, the 2010 CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award winner will talk about his company’s initial public offering and success as a public company. While Wall Street has cooled a bit on Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. shares, the company continues to cast a wide net. Along with a few new smartwatches and a renewed commitment to plus sizes, Michael Kors has broadened its product offerings, amped up its global footprint and bolstered its e-commerce.
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A Hushed Departure at the Met Museum Reveals Entrenched Management Culture

The museum formerly concentrated power and information in the hands of a few but is vowing to change.
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Design Museum Helsinki Launches ‘Enter and Encounter’ Exhibition With a Futuristic Spin

Scandinavian countries are known to take the lead in terms of promoting its multidisciplinary designers on the international stage, so it’s fitting that the Design Museum Helsinki and the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo have launched an exhibition for the centenary of Finnish independence.
More than 1,000 designers and supporters turned up Thursday night in Helsinki to examine how design is challenging the present and shaping the future, according to Päivi Balomenos, the museum’s public relations and communications director. For the first time, six different rooms were set up for the “Enter and Encounter” exhibition, which is meant to have a forward-thinking spin about design and society. The themes are Techno Pastoral, Global Finn, Ecologies, Post-Industrial Crafts, Urban and Soft Systems. The work of Irene Kostas, the designer behind the ONAR clothing label, and Elina Määttänen, who has her own signature collection, are among the show’s 45 resources. There is also a maternity package to help new mothers in underdeveloped places be equipped for child care.
“Compared to the Finnish design history, the idea of design used to be very much product-based and now it has totally changed. It can actually be all kinds of things,” Balomenos said. “For example, in this

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Phoenix Art Museum Unveils ‘Yeohlee|Serra’ Exhibition, Combining Fashion and Art

UNDER THE DESERT SUN: The Yeohlee Teng designs that are now on view in the Phoenix Art Museum’s “Yeohlee|Serra” exhibition were a long time coming.
Curator Dennita Sewell first saw Yeohlee’s pieces, when she was a collections manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. “She saw them there and I guess they stayed with her for a very long time.” Teng said. “That was in 1995 and the pieces were from spring of 1992.”
Sewell said, “I was there when they were donated and I just always remembered how striking they were. You can imagine in that environment where there are so many great things, and they made such an impression on me — the graphic nature [of the pieces], the originality. I believe she came in and talked about the zero waste [principle] and how they had been sewed from seven meters.”
The compact exhibition juxtaposes Teng’s ivory and black designs opposite Richard Serra’s oil-stick paintings. The artist is known to heat black paint stick sometimes to a fluid state to create elemental forms. But Teng noted, “Both bodies of work happened independently of each other. They just happened in the same time frame but in different disciplines.”
Another curator, Susan Sidlauskas,

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Hollywood Designer Adrian to Be Celebrated at the Museum at FIT

LIGHTS, CAMERAS: Going Hollywood meant a one-name moniker for the costume designer Adrian, who was more often than not associated with Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow and the other marquee actresses he dressed.
That part of his portfolio, as well as his ready-to-wear designs, will be explored in “Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond,” an exhibition that bows at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology on March 7 and runs through April 1. Researched by graduate students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program, the show will home in on Adrian’s unexpected use of textiles, such as a Wesley Simpson cloth that was illustrated by Salvador Dalí. That will be among the garments showcased with textiles, ads and film clips that show Adrian’s use of printed textiles and unexpected construction methods. At the height of his career at MGM Studios, the designer’s creations were believed to be the most copied clothes in the world, since millions were tuning in to watch the big names, he suited up for the silver screen. His knack for translating Paris fashion trends for a star and magnifying the look for a dramatic effect that enhanced a film’s narrative distinguished his

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Is the Met Museum ‘a Great Institution in Decline’?

Aiming ever higher, the museum faces financial challenges that include a deficit nearing $ 40 million and expansion plans that have been postponed for lack of funding.
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The Duchess of Cambridge Visits the Natural History Museum, Attends Place2Be Awards

DOUBLE DUTY: The Duchess of Cambridge carried out a series of royal engagements in London on Nov. 22.
The young royal visited the Natural History Museum in Kensington earlier this afternoon then attended the Place2Be awards ceremony in Mansion House later that evening.
A patron of the institution, she attended a children’s tea party to bid farewell to Dippy the Diplodocus, a dinosaur that has been mounted in the museum’s Hintze Hall since 1905. The pre-historic figure is part of a show that will go on a nationwide tour for two years. She met with children from Oakington Manor school and took part in arts and crafts with the youngsters and decorated dinosaur eggs. The duchess also joined in on a mini fossil dig as a part of the museum’s Dino Scene Investigation school.
Kate Middleton wore a black long sleeve floral midi dress with a textured velvet print from LK Bennett.
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Cooper Hewitt Museum: A Mommy-and-Me Hot Spot

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Donna Karan to Discuss New Memoir at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

BOOKING IT: Donna Karan is taking her story on the road, but first a few sit-downs in New York.
On Oct. 20, she will have a conversation with Alina Cho, editor at large at Random House, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by a book signing for her new memoir, “My Journey.” It is a private Friends of The Costume Institute event. As reported, she will also be having a conversation with her friend, Trudie Styler at the 92nd Street Y on Oct. 15. Next week, there will be not one, but two parties to celebrate her memoir. The first is Monday night at Tutto Il Giorno, hosted by Pierre-Yves Roussel and Anna Wintour, and the second is Wednesday night at Urban Zen.

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SCAD Museum Opens With Oscar de la Renta Tribute

ATLANTA — Considering Oscar de la Renta’s close ties to the Savannah College of Art and Design, it was fitting that SCAD FASH opened its first fashion collection dedicated to the late designer.
The fashion museum, which officially opened Oct. 3 at the school’s campus here, was spun out of 10,000 square feet of space originally used for events, said Paula Wallace, president and founder of SCAD. The full-scale remodeling of the facade and interior began this summer and transformed much of the area into an elegant room that can be modularly changed according to the dictates of each exhibition it presents. Visitors enter by ascending a grand staircase that offers a dazzling panoramic view of the city.
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SCAD celebrated the opening on Thursday with Champagne and hors d’oeuvres as guests toured the collection of Oscar de la Renta creations past and present, including some fall 2015 designs by Peter Copping, the fashion house’s creative director, who took the helm

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Wool Gets the Spotlight at Paris Museum

PARIS – A flock of sheep invaded the Palais de Tokyo in Paris this weekend as part of a global awareness campaign orchestrated by The Woolmark Company.
The three-day event, ending Sunday, includes artwork made of wool, a photo exhibit about the natural fibre, and a series of dance performances showing off wool’s versatile nature.
Brands, including Adidas, which developed running apparel based on wool, and Dormeuil, supplier of fine wool fabrics to bespoke tailors including Cifonelli, Camps de Luca and Brioni, set up stands to let visitors get physical.
WWD caught up with Peter Ackroyd, global strategy advisor for The Woolmark Company, at the event.
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Victoria and Albert Museum to Host Fashion Installations During London Design Festival

DESIGNS ON LONDON: The London Design Festival will have a distinct fashion flavor, with names including Swarovski, Selfridges and Kvadrat taking part in the September showcase.
Swarovski has teamed with designer Kim Thomé on an installation called “Zotem,” which is meant to be a fusion of “totem” and “zoetrope.” The 59-foot tall monolith was created with more than 600 bespoke Swarovski crystals and will stand at the entrance of the V&A Museum. The Swarovski crystals are presented in a gridlike pattern within a matte black aluminum frame.
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Museum Spotlight: Q&A With Tatyana Franck From Lausanne’s Musee De l’ Elysee

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By Constance Breton, July 2, 2015

On the heels of Art Basel, we sat down for a Q&A with Tatyana Franck, the newly appointed director of Lausanne’s photography museum, the Musée de l’Élysée. A dynamic, multi-cultural leader, she arrived at the museum after serving as the Director of the Archives Claude Picasso.

Q: What was your first contact with art?

Franck: Art and photography have always been my passions. I have been surrounded by artists since my youth. It was in front of a photograph by the American Nan Goldin that I knew – at the age of 17 – that I wanted to dedicate my life to the artists, as I am intimately convinced that art can change the world.

Q: You studied in France, Great-Britain, China, United-States, and you’re now working in Switzerland: which country is the most striking, according to artistic management?

Franck: I am indeed traveling the world but I definitely think that Lausanne, and Switzerland in general, is the place to be. We are currently building a new museum complex that will open in 2020 and which will gather the Museum of Fine Arts (mcb-a), the design museum (mudac) and the Photography Museum (Elysée). It is a great opportunity to conceive the photography museum of the 21st century. Lausanne is not only a cultural city, but it is also the capital of The Olympic Games, one of the most important technological centers in Europe with the EPFL. It also has one on the best art schools, ECAL, top theatres (Vidy), the ballet Maurice Bejart and the Opera. In short, it is a vibrating city, a small town with an international influence!

Q: One of today’s fashionable words in talking about cultural management is “cultural entrepreneurship,” wording that some people in the art world criticize. You’ve studied law and worked in the art market, is your artistic view influenced by this idea?

Franck: My vocation has always to be a museum director. For that, you not only have to be an art historian, but also a manager and a leader. It is with that mindset that I decided to study law and business as I am currently studying at the Executive MBA Global Asia created by Columbia Business School, London Business School and Hong Kong University.

Q: You have just been appointed director of the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, can you tell us a bit more about your appointment by the government of the canton of Vaud? What are the biggest challenges in your new position?

Franck: The Musée de l’Elysée is a gem in the museum world. It has always been one of my favorite museums and the opportunity to build and to think about its future in the new building that will open behind the train station is a wonderful challenge. It is not only about taking the responsibility of running a museum, but it is also the challenge of building a brand for the new museum.

Q: What is your view of the Musée de l’Elysée and what are your main projects for it?

Franck: I intend to develop the Musée de l’Elysée’s current national and international reputation in various ways by translating all communication materials in three languages (French, English, German), conducting an ambitious digitization program of the museum’s book and images collection, innovating with new technologies (augmented reality, multimedia contents) and building bridges between photography, art and other fields.

Q: Can you tell us more about its upcoming program?

Franck: Our program is developed both at the museum and outside its walls. In the beginning of July, we will host an event in the museum’s gardens – the Nuit des Images (Night of Images) which showcases photography in all of its states. It does this through various projections by young and renowned artists, a book fair, family activities and special projects for the museum’s 30th festivities. This will be followed by an exceptional collaboration with a major Swiss and international music festival – Paléo Festival Nyon, which allows us to produce an exhibition for a brand new public. More than just a photography museum, the Musée de l’Elysée is a point of view. Also, did you know that the exhibitions produced by the museum travel the world? Just last year, we had almost 50 openings abroad! In the fall, will present an exhibition on the treasures of the museum’s collections, “The memory of images: the iconographic collection of the Canton de Vaud.”
As far as programming for 2016 is concerned, it will be announced in the fall.

Q: How do you perceive the emerging artistic scene today?

Franck: I am especially attracted to the upcoming scenes in China, Latin America and Eastern Europe. In our “reGeneration3” exhibition, there are 8 Polish photographers that have been selected! The Polish scene is growing and fascinating. I also very much support the local scene, which is very vibrating.

Q: As a personal collector, what is the latest piece you bought ?

Franck: A piece from English photographer Michael Kenna, “Full Moonset, Chausey Islands, 2008.”

Q: One final question. What would be on your collector’s list as a piece to own?

Franck: A photography series from the Italian artist Giuseppe Penone called “Geometria nelle Mani – triangolo,” 2004, 15 b/w photographs.

reGeneration3 is on view at the Musee de l’ Elysee through August 23, 2015.

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Berlin’s German Historical Museum Looks Back On 150 Years Of Gay Milestones

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s main national history museum on Wednesday launched an exhibition tracing 150 years of gay history in the country, including the first uses of the term “homosexual,” the brutal Nazi-era repression of gays and gradual moves toward legal equality starting in the 1960s.

The exhibition at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, which is staging it together with the capital’s privately run Gay Museum, has been four years in the planning but is opening amid a new debate in Germany over whether to allow full-fledged marriage for same-sex couples. They have been able to enter civil partnerships since 2001 but much of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party is reluctant to go further. Culture Minister Monika Gruetters said at the show’s presentation that it “puts the current debate about legal equality into a historical context.” She said it shows “how hard-fought the progress we can speak of today was, not just legally but also in society’s perceptions.”

The show, “Homosexuality_ies,” opens to the public Friday and runs through Dec. 1, featuring photo and film material, artifacts including an electric shock device used for “aversion therapy” in the 1950s and an “A to Z” section exploring issues ranging from gay marriage to censorship.

One of the earliest exhibits is a handwritten 1868 letter from Vienna-born writer Karl Maria Kertbeny to a German advocate of legal reform, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, which is believed to be the oldest written record anywhere of the words “homosexual” and “heterosexual.”

It also features the work of scientists such as sex researcher Magnus Hirschfeld, whose pioneering Institute for Sexual Research was shut down and looted shortly after the Nazis took power in 1933. The Nazi regime toughened the 1872 law criminalizing sex between men; West Germany changed the so-called “paragraph 175” to decriminalize it only in 1969.

Nazi Germany convicted some 50,000 homosexuals as criminals. An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 gay men were deported to concentration camps. A room in the exhibition titled “In the Pink Triangle” explores the stories of men and women caught up in Nazi persecution.

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Vatican Splendors To Go On Display In Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute Museum During Pope’s Visit

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Visitors coming to Philadelphia to see the pope this September will also be able to view treasured art from the Vatican.

“Vatican Splendors” opens Sept. 19 at the Franklin Institute. It will include artwork by Michelangelo, embroidered silk vestments, religious relics and bone fragments of Saints Peter and Paul, and a touchable cast of Pope John Paul II’s hand. The exhibit traces the evolution of the Roman Catholic Church over 2,000 years through 11 galleries that include objects such as mosaics, frescoes, maps and documents. Galleries aim to recreate environments such as catacombs and the papal chambers. Organizers say they want the exhibits to be a multisensory experience.

Pope Francis plans to visit Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families, an international gathering for Catholics aimed at strengthening family bonds.

Larry Dubinski, the Franklin Institute’s chief executive, said being able to have the exhibit in Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families and the pope’s visit will give it additional impact.

“Vatican Splendors” has traveled to other U.S. cities in recent years, but organizers said 40 percent of the items are new to this tour, and it has grown in size. About 200 items will be on display.

Organizers have already begun planning lectures, tours and interactive programming.

“It is such a gift to Philadelphia. So many people who otherwise would have to travel to another continent get to experience firsthand the culture and art of the Vatican,” said Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of World Meeting of Families.

The Franklin Institute, a science museum named after Benjamin Franklin, is the exhibition’s first stop on a two-city North American tour and the only stop on the East Coast, the institute said. The other stop has not yet been announced.

The museum is just a few blocks from where the pope will celebrate an outdoor Mass on Sept. 27.

The exhibit will remain in Philadelphia through Feb. 15.

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In 1931, Diego Rivera was the subject of The Museum of Modern Art’s second monographic exhibition, which set new attendance records in its five-week run. The Museum brought Rivera to New York six weeks before the show’s opening and gave him on-site studio space. There he produced five “portable murals” -large blocks of frescoed plaster, slaked lime and wood that feature bold images drawn from Mexican subject matter and address themes of revolution and class inequity. After the opening, to great publicity, Rivera added three more murals, now taking on New York subjects through monumental images of the urban working class and the city during the Great Depression. Published in conjunction with an exhibition that brings together key works made for Rivera’s 1931 show, this catalogue casts the artist as a highly cosmopolitan figure who traveled between Russia, Mexico and the United States and examines the intersection of artmaking and radical politics in the 1930s. Illustrated with reproductions of each panel as well as related paintings, drawings, prints and documentary photographs, the book’s essays investigate the international politics of muralism, Rivera’s history with MoMA, the iconography of the portable murals and technical aspects of the artist’s working process. Diego Rivera (1886-1957) was a central figure in the development of Mexican muralism, an ambitious public art initiative intended to relay Mexico’s ideals after the Revolution (1910-1920). A highly cosmopolitan artist, Rivera had spent many years in Europe before returning to Mexico in 1921, and in 1927 he traveled to the Soviet Union where he met Alfred Barr, the soon-to-be founding director of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Rivera’s artistic celebrity benefitted from major commissions in the United States, including murals for the Pacific Stock Exchange, the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, MoMA and the Detroit Institute of Arts. By the 1930s, he enjoyed an unrivaled status at the

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Museum Selfie-ishness

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Recently, at the Museum of Modern Art with my niece, I found something unexpected blocking my favorite Van Gogh: a young woman standing with her back six inches away from the canvas, taking a “selfie.” As we strolled around the galleries, I spotted more of them. Selfies in front of the Jackson Pollack. Selfies in front of Monet’s Water Lilies. Selfies in front of Campbell’s Soup Cans. Like most technology-driven social phenomena, museum selfies seemed to have mushroomed overnight.

Until recently, the only digital annoyance I remember having to contend with in art museums was other visitors photographing the art at close range. Many museums allow non-flash photography, and it’s true that if a lot of people are taking pictures it can obstruct others’ view of the painting. Still, why shouldn’t someone be able to photograph a work of art they love — in order to enjoy and remember their museum experience later? Obsessive photo-taking might be somewhat self-centered in that there is no consideration about how it is impinging on the sight lines of others around them. On the other hand, the desire to capture the beautiful images of the art makes it ultimately a forgivable practice.

However, the narcissistic knee-jerk act of the museum selfie is in a whole other category. Now, not only can’t we see the art because someone is standing right in front of it, we are forced to look at the selfie subject(s) instead of the art. The art is now the background to the selfie-taker–as if it were wallpaper, or the view from the Empire State Building. The implication is that the work of art is secondary in importance to the person in front of it. Obviously it’s your choice if you want to have Van Gogh’s The Starry Night as your own personal backdrop (although I myself do not have that kind of hubris). The problem is that you are changing the art experience of those around you. Even when selfie-takers are not completely obscuring the art, it’s psychologically impossible to ignore it when someone is making themselves the subject; it’s hard to look past them at the painting. It is just like trying not to listen to someone talking on his cell on the train.

It’s difficult to say which is worse: The fact that we seem to need to document every moment of our existence or the need to put ourselves at the center of everything. (The selfie has become such a part of our culture that it was even the title of a TV show on ABC.) Because digital photos are free and easily deletable images we are in the habit of taking them without much thought. In museums, we sense we are having an important experience. We see beautiful art. We are moved, excited. The contemporary conditioned response to this emotion is to whip out the camera. And it is also highly contagious behavior. Once you see someone else doing it, you figure: Wait, maybe this would make a cool picture–me in front of a famous painting. This would be great on Instagram.

It’s pretty hard to fight the sweeping tide of cellphone selfie-taking per se. Besides, selfies are not all bad. In the old days when you traveled to Paris, you would have to ask a passerby to take a photo of your and your friend in front of the Eiffel Tower. Now you can just take it yourself. Isn’t this convenience an improvement? I have also seen some wonderful museum selfie photos that are a playful or ironic statement on the art: for example, a picture of person standing to the side of the painting imitating the pose of the subject in the painting, or a photo where it looks as if the person depicted in the painting is actually holding the phone. This kind of art riffing–which some people might find offensive–demonstrates a creativity I can’t really object to.

What I will object to is the “selfie stick,” a device for extending the cellphone an additional arm’s-length away. Even though I caught many people taking selfies in the museum, thank god I did not see anyone using one of these relatively new gadgets. (Is it just me, or does the term “selfie stick” sound pornographic?) The sticks are already in wide use in Asia, which is a sign they will probably be trending here very soon. What these accessories will mean in museums, of course, is an even more hindered view of the art, as using the stick allows for more people to fit into a group selfie-portrait.

So there I was, at MOMA with my niece, frowning inwardly and eschewing the whole self-involved, self-aggrandizing selfie trend. Until – er… guess what? My niece suddenly whipped out her iPhone to snap a selfie of us standing in front of a Gauguin. Did I resist? Did I take a stand against the decline of respect for great art? Or did I lean my head happily against my niece’s, open my eyes wide and smile gaily?

Like I said, these technology things are contagious.
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Meet The Lady Who Lives In A Museum

There’s a fine line between collecting 5,000 pieces of art and hoarding them. For Betsy Alexander, it’s all about placement.

“When we buy a piece of art, our friends will say, ‘Where are you going to put it?’… But there’s always a place — it’s just shocking,” says Alexander, who’s been collecting since she was 9 years old.

Her Philadelphia home-cum-museum is the subject of videographer Cory Popp’s latest project (Popp brought us a colorful look at his hometown’s front doors last month), and is filled floor to ceiling with quirky pieces like ray guns and wind-up robots — items that Alexander says mean more to her than going on a vacation or purchasing a fancy fur coat.

Take a closer look at some of her most unique items in the photos below and tour her home in the video above.

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