Jan’s Notebook

THE BEST HOLIDAY GIFT

Gaultier Show at DMA
You don’t have to be a fashion fanatic to appreciate the Jean Paul Gaultier Show at the Dallas Museum of Art. THE WORLD OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: FROM THE SIDEWALK TO THE CATWALK is not to be missed. Make plans to see it soon-----you will be blown away!
I heard from several of my friends who saw the exhibit in Montreal last summer that it was wonderful. How great for Dallas to be one of the two museums in the U.S. (it goes to The Fine Art Museum of San Francisco, de Young next) to get this show. Dallas has never staged a fashion exhibition---this is a first. What a first!
Entrance to show at the DMA
Galleries at the Gaultier Exhibit
From the moment I walked into the first gallery, I was enthralled. This is a big show---there are 130 garments from Gaultier’s ready-to-wear, haute couture, film and stage costumes. His designs are both artful and completely original. Mr. Gaultier is self taught, so you know when you see what he has created that he was destined to be a major force in the fashion world. Since I don’t want to spoil anything here, I will just say that you should expect the unexpected!
Graffitti in the Galleries at the Gaultier Exhibit
The DMA creative team, under the direction of Olivier Meslay, acting Director of the DMA and Kevin Tucker, Curator of Decorative Arts, added several elements to the Dallas exhibition---THINK GRAFFITTI----that were not in the Montreal show.
Madonna in Gaultier during her Blonde Ambition Tour
Mark Bradford with Olivier Meslay and Jeffrey Grove at the DMA
While you are at the DMA, please do not miss the Mark Bradford exhibit in the Barrel Vault. His paintings are a combination of paint and collage. This visually compelling show was coordinated by Jeffrey Grove, the DMA’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art.
So, give yourself and your friends a wonderful gift this holiday season---go to see this show and then have lunch at the DMA or around the corner at Stephen Pyles’ restaurant. I can’t think of a lovelier or more exciting way to spend a morning or afternoon this holiday season! If you’re not from Dallas, make plans to come sometime before Feb. 12th.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!
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