Monthly Archives: February 2013

Better Dressed Than Barbie

Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Nina Ricci, and Hermès are all names associated with French high fashion, but in 1944, each designer tried their hand at outfitting a much smaller client–a miniature wire mannequin measuring at just a third of the size of … Continue reading

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To Each Her Own Trophy

Weegee, Grace Kelly, ca. 1954 (10226.1993) In 1954 Grace Kelly won an Academy Award for her performance in The Country Girl. Last night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award bestowed its statuettes for excellence of cinematic achievement, … Continue reading

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Starchitects

Ferenc Berko, Mies van der Rohe, 1948. (556.1993) Alfred Eisenstaedt, Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect, Taliesin, Wisconsin, 1956. (292.1989) Barbara Morgan, Le Corbusier in New York, 1946. (451.1987) Maria von Matthiessen, Philip Johnson in his office, 1986. (978.2000)

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A Game of Charades: Hands Full of Expression

Hands play an important role in communication. Besides being an effective way of language without vocalizing–through signing and gesturing–hands can be quite versatile. Hands in Fashion: Richard Avedon, [Hand with long sleeved blouse in front of black hair], ca. 1968 … Continue reading

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Presidents’ Day and Black History Month: “Actions speak louder than words”

We are already in February, a month which is designated as Black History Month. Being a rookie in this country and knowing very little about African-American history, it could seem presumptuous of me to write about it but I have … Continue reading

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Gabriele Basilico’s Beirut

Gabriele Basilico, Beirut, 1991 (5.2002) In 1991 Gabriele Basilico was asked by the Lebanese writer Dominique Eddé to participate in a photo campaign that eventually would have created a publication and traveling exhibition called Beirut Centre Ville. Along with Basilico, … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Toni Frissell, [Lady Churchill kissing granddaughter Emma on Queen Elizabeth II's coronation day], June 2, 1953 (14.1979) Vu, “Tommy quitte la Rhénanie,” September 18, 1929 (2009.52.62) Danny Lyon, Corky and Funny Sonny, Chicago, 1966 (2010.3.15) Weegee, [Kissing at the drug … Continue reading

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The Indomitable Spirit

Barbara Kruger, The Indomitable Spirit, 1990 (1349.2000) In response to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and early 90s, a range of activist groups, including ACT UP and Gran Fury, created a group of 230 photomontage posters, stickers, pamphlets, and … Continue reading

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Happy Year of the Snake

Wu Yinxian, Night of Festival, China, 1984 (236.1988) China Pictorial, 1975 (346.2005) Weegee, Chinatown–Fire Cracker Going Off (14538.1993) February 10 will mark one of the biggest holidays on the Chinese calendar, the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. We will … Continue reading

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Fashion Check

While many are huddled inside, trying to stay warm, fashion designers around the globe will be busy showcasing their Spring 2013 collections. New York’s Fashion Week will commence on February 7 and fashion editors, stylists, and buyers will try their … Continue reading

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