Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Art, Fashion, and The Resnick

"As our lives become even more virtual and fleeting, it's imperative that we have art as an anchor, and after the daily electronic recounting of the real-time horrors of people doing terrible things to one another, we can renew our faith in mankind while viewing man's highest achievements on display at a museum like LACMA." ~Lynda Resnick

Image via Sarahreports.com

The much anticipated and much talked about Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion opens to the public on Oct. 2. It is the second gallery building on the LACMA campus and designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, one of the world's most sought-after museum architects. Funded by billionaire philanthropists Lynda and Stewart  Resnick (they own POM juice drink and Fiji Water), this $54 million exhibiion hall will serve as a stunning place to showcase rotating and traveling art exhibits.

Image from the NY Times

The grand opening will feature three exhibits: Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico, Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection, and Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915.

I am, of course, most excited to see Eye for the Sensual which includes eighty-five European paintings and sculptures from the personal collection of Stewart and Lynda Resnick (I could dedicate an entire post to this amazing woman, she is fabulous and so remarkable). I am so anxious to see its important eighteenth-century French paintings—including works by François Boucher, Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun (she has the portrait of Marie~Antoinette with the Rose, Versailles houses a later version of this portrait), Jean-Honoré Fragonard (my fave), Nicolas Lancret, and Hubert Robert. I am also looking forward to seeing the fashion exhibit.

"The exhibition will tell the story of fashion's aesthetic and technical development from the Age of Enlightenment to World War I. It will examine the sweeping changes that occurred in fashionable dress spanning a period of over two hundred years, with a fascinating look at the details of luxurious textiles, exacting tailoring techniques, and lush trimmings. Highlights will include an eighteenth-century man's vest intricately embroidered with powerful symbolic messages relevant to the French Revolution; an evening mantle with silk embroidery, glass beads, and ostrich feathers designed by French couturier Émile Pingat (active 1860-96); and spectacular three-piece suits and gowns worn at the royal courts of Europe." LACMA

I feel so honored and lucky to have aquired tickets to the opening weekend andI am so looking forward to going and being part of a historic moment for art in Los Angeles. My husband and I are taking the little Prince and the countdown begins!

If you are interested in going LACMA is hosting community days where you can get free tickets online.

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  1. OOh! Lucky you going to this - sounds wonderful. The building is exciting - all those articulations on the roof make it seem like something really dynamic is going on inside! And sounds like it is!

  2. Hi Judith!
    So nice to have you back in blogville. You are so lucky to be going to this opening...so many exhibits I would love to see. Have you ever seen photos of the Resnick's Fiji home? I don't know where I saw them, but the view is amazing. Best of luck with your many endeavors!

  3. Dear Judith,
    I am right behind you! I will be there. Thank you for sharing this news! Your Little Prince has a whole new world to explore here~ Have the most wonderful time!! I am off to search for their home as Catherine saw~

  4. What an exciting event, I wish I lived closer!

    Have a wonderful Thursday!

  5. Fantastic news!
    How fascinating to be able to see
    these french paintings from the 18th century!
    and luxurious textiles from the royal Courts
    I wish I was there.. *sigh*

  6. omg that first picture is fabulously ridiculous! I hope you are doing well back in my homestate right now and staying cool Judith. Sending you some Parisian love and off to read all your other pretty posts on my lunch break right now :-D

    xoxo BB

  7. Hey, I work with the CheapOair travel blog (cheapoair.typepad.com) and we're interested in having you guest blog for us. Please contact me if you're interested. Thanks! Aldo.

  8. Enjoy and let us know how it went!
    Greetings from Paris!



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