Friday File

It’s been awhile since I put together a weekly link roundup because life has been so busy, but I couldn’t let this week’s content pass by. There was a lot of good stuff online, so let’s dive in!

Karl Lagerfeld taught a master class at a college in Paris. Oh to be in that room. That would be one interesting lecture.

So cool to see the first artifacts arrive at the Smithsonian’s still-under-construction National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Elsa Schiaparelli’s personal collection is going up for auction at Christie’s in January. I anticipate drooling over the catalog when it is released.

I can’t wait to see Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s “One Thousand Pieces” during its Winter Series in December.

Kim France, formerly editor in chief of Lucky Magazine, shared her 7 shopping rules. She says, “some stores are incredibly good at pulling you into their whole gestalt,” and recounts almost buying a pair of shoes completely at odds with her life. Has she been secretly watching me when I go into Anthropologie?

Have a really great weekend — last one before the holidays hit with their full force!

Friday File – Spring Break

It was a very quiet week. At work the students were on spring break, so I had fewer scheduled appointments, tours, and meetings. I wasn’t any less busy because there’s still so much to do to turn the collection into the dynamic place I want it to be. But the silence was really hard to deal with so I had to turn up my music.

And now, some links:

Self-portrait by Gertrud Arndt at the Bauhaus in 1926-27, from the Bauhaus Archive via The New York Times

The Bauhaus was a German school of design and fine arts that functioned between 1919 to 1933. It’s influence on Modernism was very important. However its female students were often forced to enroll in the “feminine” subjects instead of the ones they had originally came to the school to study. Now the Bauhaus Archive is trying to amend its wrongs with a series of exhibitions called the “Female Bauhaus.” The New York Times examined three female students whom attended the Bauhaus in this article.

Zelda Fitzgerald is suddenly very popular among novelists. Partially because The Great Gatsby comes out in theaters this summer and partially because a couple other novels featuring famous men’s wives have done so well in recent sales, authors are turning to Zelda, F. Scott’s wife. She’s an interesting figure I can’t wait to read about after I finish a few more biographies about the Hemingways and Ernest’s novels. Did you know that Zelda claimed Scott plagiarized her short stories, letters, and diaries in his work? A few weeks ago I bought her only novel, Save Me the Waltz, at a used bookstore, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

Newcity published an article last Friday on “Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago.” It’s a really interesting look at the creatives doing big things in Chicago.

And this week, Design*Sponge finally put out a city guide for my former residence, Fargo, North Dakota! It’s about time other people knew about some of the cool gems hidden in the backwards state. If you ever find yourself in Fargo, it’s a good roundup of what to check out.

And lastly, here’s an article for when you have a chunk of time. I’m a little late on this story, but I still had to tell you about The New Yorker piece on the drama and scandal at the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia. This story about the creative director who was burned with acid is full of politics, history, brazen ballerinas, corruption, and detective work. Don’t miss the slideshow either.

Exhibition File – Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance

costumes worn by Rudolf Nureyev, from the CNCS/Rudolf Nureyev Foundation, photos by Pascal François

I urge everyone in the San Francisco area to rush out to today’s exhibition file show because it closes Sunday! Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance at the de Young Museum sounds wonderful to me because I love the ballet.

The exhibition centers on Nureyev’s life and work. He was a legendary ballet dancer and choreographer originally from the Soviet Union who later defected to France. Nureyev performed with the great Margot Fonteyn, Noella Pontois, and others. The show contains more than 80 costumes with 50 supplemental photographs. They come from Nureyev’s personal collection, now entrusted to the Centre national du costume de scène in France, and loans from active ballet companies.

The exhibition’s website notes that “the costumes on view expose the wear and tear of daily use.” I think it would be fascinating to see what parts of a garment took the most abuse during dance performances and practices. That kind of information would be extremely useful to current costume and fashion designers in their own creative design problems.

Regardless if you are able to take in the romance of the ballet through this exhibition or not, I hope all of you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Address: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9:30-5:15
Admission: adults $10, seniors $7, youths 13-17 + college students $6, children under 13 + members free
Website: deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibitions/rudolf-nureyev-life-dance

Exhibition File – Dance Works III

In 1997, two avant-garde artists — Merce Cunningham and Rei Kawakubo — collaborated on the dance Scenario. Cunningham, a modern dance master, choreographed the piece, while Kawakubo, who designs the conceptual fashion line Comme des Garçon, had free reign to create the costumes and stage design.

A new exhibition at the Walker Art Center examines this collaboration. The show, called Dance Works III: Merce Cunningham / Rei Kawakubo, contains Kawakubo’s costumes, rehearsal and performance photographs, interviews with dancers, runway footage, and the original electronic score.

The opportunity to study how these two artists worked together sounds incredible. Don’t miss this show if you are near Minneapolis! It closes March 24, 2013.

Address: 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 11-5, Thursday 11-9, Friday-Sunday 11-5
Admission: adults $10, seniors $8, students $6, children and members free
Website: www.walkerart.org/calendar/2012/dance-works-iii-merce-cunningham-rei-kawakubo#