December is one of the busiest months in the Decorative Arts and Design auction world. Not to mention that the Design Miami Fair storms through Florida like a category 5 hurricane. I have also listed two upcoming events at F.I.T that are worth a visit. So while the year is fast coming to an end, the first few weeks of the month are still busy but after that, the art will practically shut down till February to recuperate.
See Night & Day at the Museum at F.I.T (opens Dec 3-May 2010), this exhibition will “examine the rules that dictate appropriate dress for women have changed over the past 250 years. Featured will be more than 100 day and evening garments, textiles, and accessories displayed in chronological order that illustrate the conventions for appropriate dress for a particular time of day, activity, or occasion and how these conventions continually change. Curated by Molly Sorkin, associate curator of costume, Night & Day will reveal the evolution of the rules that govern fashion, including eras when strictly observed etiquette was the norm and other times when more flexible guidelines prevailed. The exhibition will include work by designers such as Christian Dior, Charles James, Yves Saint Laurent, and Olivier Theyskens for Rochas.”
Hear American Style Symposium at the Museum at F.I.T (Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5, 9 am-5 pm) Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium, Marvin Feldman Center, second floorIn conjunction with the exhibition American Beauty, the museum’s eighth annual fashion symposium. The work of important designers will be comprehensively addressed, as will other aspects of American style such as counterculture movements, like hip-hop, and the impact of American style abroad. Registration, schedule and speaker information here. I am green with envy of anyone that will be able to attend. The lineup of speakers is terrific! I have also seen the exhibit already and highly recommend it. I will review it for the blog shortly.
Travel DESIGN MIAMI located at the Design Miami/ Temporary Structure, NE 39th Street & 1st Court (Opening night December 1 but officially opens to the public December 2 and on view through December 5th). Design Miami is one of the most important contemporary design fairs around. It is described as “the global forum that brings together the most influential dealers, collectors, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Inspired by the galvanizing effect of Art Basel Miami Beach, the founders of Design Miami/ set out to create a design fair unlike any other that came before.” http://designmiami.com/
Bid Heritage Signature 20th Century Design .Viewing: December 5-10; Auction: December 10. Including the Collection of Michael Playford and Two Zero C Applied Art Session II, Fine Tiffany and Other Important Examples of 20th Century Design, and A Selection of Rare Lalique and Other Art Glass. Heritage has opened a New York office at 104 E. 25th Street, 3rd Floor. And on December 8, 2009 they have a series of events going on in conjunction with the Design auctions.
Christie’s Decorative Arts and Design. Viewing: December 4-7; Auction: December 8. Including Important 20th c. Decorative Arts and Design, Magnificent Tiffany, and Historical Design Reflects: The East 61st Street Years.
Sotheby’s Decorative Arts and Design. Viewing: December 12-16; Auction: December 17. Including the Collection of Robert Isabell, Important Tiffany, and Important 20th c. Decorative Arts and Design.