Friday File

I’ve started a new medication, and unfortunately headaches are a side effect. So as I’m typing this, it feels like someone is crushing my brain. As a result, this week’s links have a little less commentary than usual. Hope you can understand. And have a great weekend!

Colin Powell’s 60-year-old selfie.

Muppets on exhibition! So interesting to consider the muppets from a conservation point of view.

My friend Shaelyn goes on a bench-researching quest.

Did society drive van Gogh to commit suicide? A new exhibition in Paris explores that theory.

Painting with nail polish! These must be tricky to produce.

Stories about John Dillinger, Depression-era bank robber, always fascinate me. Recently, a tommy gun stolen by his gang in 1933 was returned to an Indiana town.

Exhibition File – Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity

Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877, from Art Institute of Chicago via The Culture Concept Circle

So it’s really the summer of fashion exhibitions in Chicago. I hope you’ve heard about the show Impression, Fashion, and Modernity. Conceived in Chicago by Art Institute of Chicago curator Gloria Groom, the show first traveled to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, then to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and now finally it takes its place at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The exhibition uses fashion as a lens to view Impressionism painting. By painting women (and some men) in the fashions of the day, the Impressionists showed the world they were truly modern artists.

Madame Louis Joachim Gaudibert by Claude Monet, from Musée d'Orsay | French Day Dress, 1865-67, from Metropolitan Museum of Art, both via Artlog

The exhibition looks at the relationship between fashion and art during the 1860s through 1880s. Chicago’s installation includes 75 major figure paintings, some that were not included in both of the other installations. Garments accompany these works, showing the real life inspirations or close resemblances these artists worked from. Some of the pairings are quite incredible.

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity is really a multidisciplinary exhibition at its finest. I’ve seen “Fashionism,” as I heard another Art Institute of Chicago curator call it, three times now — once at the Met and twice in Chicago. While I liked the Met’s installation a bit more, Chicago’s will still blow your mind.

Don’t miss this exhibition if you can make it to Chicago. This is its last stop, and it closes September 29. There are also some really great public and member programs running in conjunction with the show, so check them out as well.

Address: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10:30-5, Thursday 10:30-8, Friday-Sunday 10:30-5
Admission: adults $23 (Chicago residents $18, Illinois residents $20), seniors and students $17 (Chicago residents $12, Illinois residents $14), members and children under 14 free
Website: http://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/impressionism-fashion-and-modernity

The Millinery Shop by Edgar Degas, c. 1882-86, from Art Institute of Chicago via The Culture Concept Circle

A Fabulous Lecture

Since I’m listening to lectures on fashion history all week at the Costume Society of America symposium, I thought maybe you’d like to sit in on one too. Below is a lecture given by fashion historian Aileen Ribeiro at The Frick Collection on “Renoir and the Democracy of Fashion.” Enjoy!

Renoir and the Democracy of Fashion from The Frick Collection and The Frick Collection on FORA.tv