April is a funny month because it is a bit like that saying “quiet before the storm”. I say that (or write that) because April is a bit slow and then May is always full of interesting exhibition openings and then June is a big month for the actions. Two really busy months before the art world goes to sleep until September. So enjoy what there is to see and do in April but gather your energies for the upcoming months.
Rodarte: States of Matter, March 4–June 5, 2011, at MOCA Pacific Design Center. (This exhibition has already opened but I just found out about it and would really to go see it but unfortunately a trip to California is not in my future.) The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) presents Rodarte: States of Matter, the first West Coast solo exhibition of the work of fashion and costume designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. Renowned for its expressive use of textiles, Rodarte creates unusual works through a highly elaborate and intensive processing and reconstruction of materials. The exhibition will feature more than 20 pieces from Rodarte’s Spring 2010, Fall 2010, and Fall 2008 runway collections, and original ballet costumes designed by Rodarte for the feature film Black Swan.
Jewelers of the Hudson Valley, April 7 – June 25, 2011, at the Jewelry Gallery, The Forbes Galleries, 62 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 12th Street, in New York City. The beauty of New York State’s Hudson Valley region has for hundreds of years inspired many artists who have chosen to work and live there. Living within the immediate vicinity of the New Paltz area are a number of prominent studio jewelry artists whose work will be the focus of this exhibition. In addition to work by these artists there will be pieces from the collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum, State University of New York/New Paltz on display and selected works by students in the prestigious metals program at SUNY/New Paltz. The guest curator for the exhibition, which is being sponsored by the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts (ASJRA), is Elyse Zorn Karlin.
American Design Club, April 21st, 2011, the Museum of Arts and Design. The Museum of Arts and Design will present the public program series “The Home Front: American Furniture Now,” which will explore the current state of contemporary furniture design. The American Design Club (AmDC) is a loose collective of New York’s leading young design talent. In recent years, the group has executed self-financed events and exhibitions showcasing their highly creative and independent work. The AmDC will invite a group of their members to work in MAD’s Open Studios, highlighting their creative process by creating new work. An event in the auditorium will analyze the work created and displayed during this full-week period.
“Oscar de la Renta in Conversation with Pamela Golbin.” Part of FIAF’s Art de Vivre series Fashion Talks 2011. Monday, April 4, 7pm, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street , New York. From the White House to the Red Carpet, Oscar de la Renta has dressed many of the world’s most glamorous and powerful women. On this occasion, Mr. de la Renta discusses his remarkable 45-year career and what defines modern elegance. For more information: http://www.fiaf.org/events/winter2011/2011-04-04-oscar-de-la-renta.shtml
“McKim, Mead & White. Transmitters of the old to the New World!” A Lecture by Mosette Broderick, Ph.D, Tuesday, April 12th, 6 PM. Held at The New York New Church (Swedenborgian), 114 E. 35th St., New York. Admission is FREE; no reservations required. Mosette Broderick, Ph.D is Director of the Historic and Sustainable Architecture MA program at NYU in London, the Urban Design and Architecture Studies Program in NYC and teaches architectural and urban history at NYU. Her recent book is TRIUMVERATE published by Alfred A Knopf in the fall of 2010. McKim, Mead & White, three men whose combined work made them the greatest architects of the nation at the beginning of the 20th century. The architects’s work grew from modest houses in the country to stone and marble palaces filled with treasure from the Old World. This illustrated lecture will explore the role of McKim, Mead & White as they pursued their goal of having architecture fashion the nation.
“Sonia Delaunay and the ‘New Woman’”, Thursday, April 28, 6:30–8:00 p.m. The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. 2 East 91st Street. Petra Timmer, design scholar and Delaunay expert, will moderate a discussion between Matteo de Monti and Elaine Lustig Cohen as they recount their personal experiences with Sonia Delaunay and offer unique insight into the life and work of this iconic artist and designer. Matteo de Monti is the grandson of the director of Metz and Co, the Dutch department store that had a long standing collaboration with Delaunay. Elaine Lustig Cohen is a graphic designer and author of The New Art of Color: The Writings of Robert and Sonia Delaunay.
On the Big Screen
Both of these film screenings will take place in Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 66 West 12th Street, 7:30–9:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information: www.newschool.edu/fashioninfilm
April 5 Simon Doonan on Smashing Time. Dir. Desmond Davis, 1967–Simon Doonan introduces Desmond Davis’ madcap mod musical, which celebrates and sends up the culture of swinging London. Lynn Redgrave and Rita Tushingham star as two girls from the provinces who come to London in pursuit of fame and fortune, fashion and love. In their search for a smashing time, they lose themselves and discover what truly matters.
April 19 Tim Gunn on Funny Face. Dir. Stanley Donan, 1957 –Tim Gunn introduces one of the best-loved fashion films and musicals of all time. Funny Face stars Audrey Hepburn as an intellectual waif transformed into a swan by Fred Astaire, who plays a photographer modeled on Richard Avedon, and Kay Thompson as the imperious fashion editor who famously exhorts everyone to “Think Pink!” With costumes by Givenchy and Edith Head and songs by George and Ira Gershwin, the film epitomizes 1950s glamour.
Manhattan Vintage Clothing & Antique Textile Show & Sale, METROPOLITAN PAVILION , 125 WEST 18TH STREET, (BETWEEN 6TH & 7TH AVE.) , ADMISSION $20.00
Friday, April 29, 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 30th, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM