January 18, 2010
By Polly Guerin
(c) OLD MASTERS AND MODERN DIGS IN NEW YORK
THE WIT AND WHIMSEY OF THE VICTORIAN ERA is the first exhibition to comprehensively examine the little-known phenomenon of the whimsical and fantastical Victorian photocollages. With subjects as varied as new theories on evolution, the changing role of photograph, and the strict conventions of aristocratic society, the photocollages frequently debunked the stuffy Victorian clichés with surreal, subversive, and funny images. “Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollages” provides a fascinating window into the creative possibilities of photography in the 19th century and features 50 works from public and private collections, including many that have rarely or never been exhibited before. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art Feb. 2-May 9. www.metmuseum.org.
CALLING ALL DESIGNERS: You may be Macy’s Newest Star! Are you an established apparel or accessories designer and interested in doing business with Macy’s? If so, you’re invited to submit an online application to attend MACY’S OPEN CALL, a unique opportunity to have your work reviewed by Macy’s Fashion Directors, Buyers and Merchandisers. If selected you’ll be invited to present your line in person and possibly have it sold at Macy’s! WOW, what an opportunity. To access more information and the application, visit www.macysinc.com/operncall. Deadline for online applications till January 31.
CHRONOTOPES & DIORAMAS: Dia at the Hispanic Society presents the first major U.S. solo exhibition for Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, one of the leading French figures on the international contemporary art scene. Site-specific Gonzalez-Foerster’s 40-foot wide ‘annex’ presents some of the books (from the Hispanic Society’s research library)some 40 20th century authors “as indigenous inhabitants” in three different terrains rendered in natural-history dioramas. Amazing!!! A must see! Through April 18th. Diaart.org/hindex.html.
THE STRAND, a new boutique hotel takes a stand right in the heart of New York’s fashion district on 37th Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas. The entrance hall resonates with a dramatic two-story waterfall. Best of all is the TOP OF THE STRAND, rooftop bar and lounge which boasts a retractable roof and stellar views. The lobby photographs, culled from the New York Times archives features fashion images of models and celebrities. Expect the best in a business and fitness center. 33 W. 37th St, 212.448.1024, www.thestrandnyc.com.
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