Nyack To NY China Through The Looking Glass

Dated: June 21 2015

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There is an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art  from now through August 16, 2015 which, according to the Washington Post, " offers a thoughtful, expressive and... utterly breathtaking exploration of China". It is located in the Chinese Galleries ( 206-218), Egyptian Galleries (132), and the Anna Wintour Costume Center (980-981). This exhibition explains the  passion and the draw of the Chinese aesthetic into the very fabric of other cultures and countries and especially how the Chinese aesthetic has fueled the fashion imagination for many, many centuries. The Costume Institute and The Department of Asian Art has worked in collaboration to produce an exhibition in which high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains and other art, including films, to reveal entirely enchanting and magical reflections of Chinese imagery. 

Haute couture fashion designers such as Paul Poiret and Yves Saint Laurent have always saturated their fashion statements with the allure of romance and nostalgia- and of course make-believe plays a large role in their divine creations. They, along with a host of designers from the Western world have long been enchanted  with enigmatic objects and imagery, textiles and the most gorgeous materials  from the East. Filmic representations of China are incorporated throughout the exhibition to reveal how our views of China have been framed by narratives  which draw upon popular culture and also to exemplify the tremendous importance of the cinematic medium through which to gain an even greater understanding of the richness of the Chinese culture and the vibrancy of their history. 

As well, there are many other exhibits of great interest- to name a few:

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends- June 30 through October 4, 2015.

Encountering Vishnu: The Lion Avatar in Indian Temple Drama- December 19, 2015 through June 5, 2016.

Cronach's Saint Maurice and Sol Lewitt- (my favorite. Sol Lewitt's permanent installation at the DIA Beacon- The Walls- is  a place I can go to get lost in. I can spend hours at that installation there just being steeped in Sol!!!)

To contact The Metropolitan Museum of Art;1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, 10028-0198. Phone; 1-212-535-7710

To contact The Cloisters Museum and Gardens; 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York, New York, 10040. Phone; 1-212-923-3700.

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