Staff Pick: Murano glass musicians on view in gallery 271.
”Figure of a Musician,” c. 1930, made by M.V.M. (Maestri Vetrai Muranesi) Cappellin & Co.
Later this month, come and see a survey of the long, prolific career of one of the twentieth century’s most creative draftsmen in our new exhibition “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart.”
“Garnet Realm,” 1941–43, by Richard Pousette-Dart (© 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette Dart/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
More Art Monday: Labor Day. Working hard or hardly working?
”The Curse of Man’s Work,” c. 1780 (edition c. 1860), by Christian von Mechel (after Hans Holbein the Younger)
”Seated Figure,” modeled early 1890s, cast before 1926, by Auguste Rodin
”Piece Work,” 1953–56, by William Gropper
”The Large Bathers,” 1884–87, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
”Whiteface Cattle, Texas,” 1935, by Howard Norton Cook
”The Land of Cockaigne,” after 1570, attributed to Pieter van der Heyden (after a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder)
For some, it’s the last chance for summer fun. What are your splashy plans for this Labor Day weekend?
“After-Prom: Adrien’s Big Splash,” 2009 (negative), 2010 (print), by Martine Fougeron
David Lebe created this image by using a penlight to trace the features of a man and the bedroom in which he sits. Lebe describes his penlight photographs of male figures as representations of “the sexual electricity that we can feel along our skin when in proximity with someone we are attracted to.” The photograph is on view in “In Dialogue: Wolfgang Tillmans”
“Angelo in Robe”; 1979 (negative), 1995 (print); by David Lebe (© David Lebe)
Happy birthday to Jacques-Louis David, born this day in 1748. This double portrait of Pope Pius VII and French papal legate Cardinal Caprara also appears in David’s huge “The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine on December 2, 1804” at the Louvre Museum.
”Portrait of Pope Pius VII and Cardinal Caprara,” c. 1805, by Jacques-Louis David
Happy birthday to French artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, who was born in 1780. This painting is a small-scale replica of his monumental altarpiece that depicts Saint Symphorien’s martyrdom.
”The Martyrdom of Saint Symphorien,” 1865, by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Fashion Friday: Friends, Enemies, Frenemies?
There was no love lost between fashion designers Coco Chanel (1883–1971) and Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973). Chanel famously dismissed Schiaparelli as “that Italian artist who makes clothes.” Schiaparelli derided Chanel by calling her “that milliner.” But the designers did have one thing in common: multi-talented artist Jean Cocteau (1889–1963), who was a close friend and collaborator to both women. Chanel appears in some of Cocteau’s artworks, and Cocteau’s drawings appear in some designs from Schiaparelli’s Fall 1937 collection.
Woman’s Dinner Jacket, Fall 1937, designed by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Jean Cocteau, embroidered by Lesage
In honor the 51st anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, we’re exploring our dreams. During our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Art and Service workshop, we asked children what they could do to help their community. From picking up litter to helping those in need, they had some great ideas. Now it’s your turn. What are you doing to make your community a better place?