19 January 2010

Culture, Curators and Cocktails

The Carnegie Museum of Art hosts Culture Club, an evening of culture and conversation about current exhibitions, on the third Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 9pm. For $10, you gain admission with 2 glasses of wine and some light bites.

The next event is this Thursday, January 21st, focusing on a behind-the-scenes look at the installation and handling of art. If these walls could talk is moderated by Dan Byers, assistant curator of contemporary art, and Chris Craychee, supervisor.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming ones on February 18th, March 18th and April 15th. Unfortunately (and fortunately) I have my photography class on Thursdays for the rest of the semester so I'll be on hold until May. I attended Culture Club on a couple of occasions this fall and enjoyed the intimate perspective and company.

I finally had a chance this weekend to visit the newly opened Ailsa Mellon Bruce gallery and the inaugural exhibition Past Meets Present: Decorative Arts and Design at Carnegie Museum of Art. It is a must-see. The permanent collection, some pieces from the family's New York and Syosset homes and spanning two centuries, is arranged by time period and style. The French pieces and inlay work of some antiques are to die for.

The featured art deco and modern pieces are simply amazing, including a glass chair made by PPG and displayed at the 1939 World's Fair.

Wall of chairs in the first gallery, part of the rotating exhibits.

Created in a limited edition of 10, Carnegie Museum of Art was the first museum in America to acquire the iconic Lockheed Lounge. Madonna made the iconic chair famous in one of her fabulous videos in the 1980s. (The one Madonna sat on for 15 seconds went for over $1.6 million at auction last year.)

Top image of CMOA courtesy of flickr.com/randeclip.

1 comment:

  1. Very cool! Thanks for the info! I loved the wall of chairs!


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