Toulouse Lautrec Does It Best In NYC

Toulouse Lautrec Does It Best In NYC

At MoMA's home page, www.moma.org , you will find listed many enticing shows from which to  choose for your especial delight and  education. Go deeper into MoMA Exhibitions & Film and you will find delineated at least three (3) shows of great interest.

1. The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters.  Through March 22, 2015.

2. Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949. Through April 19, 2015.

3. This Is For Everyone: Design Experiments for the Capital Common Good. Through January 31, 2016.

I am personally going to start with one of my favorite artists, Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec (1864-1901). This exhibition is the first MoMA exhibition in thirty years dedicated solely to Lautrec and highlights "more than one hundred examples of his most enduring and recognized artworks culled from MoMA's stellar art collection." While he explored and celebrated so many of the aspects of Parisian life in his time - from Parisian gastronomy to horse racing at Longchamp, he looked through a magnifying glass at the famous venues of night life culture including the Moulin Rouge, the Cabarets, Concert-Cafes and Dance Halls. He cherished the actresses and others in the performing arts - the dancers and the singers who not only captured his imagination but were his muses. He cherished and respected, indeed I think he put on pedestals - "the prostitutes of Paris - especially in their non-working hours, during moments of quiet introspection." And nobody does it better than Lautrec. His posters and illustrations, his song sheet illustrative designs, printed illustrations and his contributions to the magazines and intellectual revues of his day, all show this artists out-of-this-world creativity. His artwork shows his empathy for and his connectedness to his fellow human beings. And his artwork shows not only what he was interested in, but what the Parisian world as a culture was interested in. This exhibit is the perfect time capsule. It is a must see for your to-do list.

Please go to MoMA's website for information on the Ongoing Programming - look for the Interactive Lounge at the Bauhaus Staircase, 2nd Floor and get down with Lautrec!

Much of the information for this blog was obtained from MoMA, organized by Sarah Suzuki, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, MoMA. Go to MoMA's exhibition website page to find out more about their past, present and upcoming exhibition schedule. This exhibition is supported by the MoMA Annual Exhibition Fund.


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