As Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity comes to a close, we decided to take a look back throughout the exhibition with the person who knows it best, exhibition curator Gloria Groom. Gloria graciously answered a few questions for us about how visitors have responded the exhibition and what's next on deck for her. . .
You've toured hundreds of people through the exhibition. What has been the most fun painting or garment to talk about with visitors?
Most visitors are blown away by the Hat Shop—the hat vitrine with the reflected image of the Art Institute's own Degas' Millinery Shop. It's as though they are seeing it for the first time.
Also, the black dress paired with Manet's The Parisienne. The jet beading built into the fringe is just so amazing that it stops people in their tracks.
What has surprised you most about visitors' response to the exhibition?
People just can not believe these are the actual fashions worn at the time of the paintings. They're also amazed that they didn't know whoJamesTissotwas before the exhibition.
Which painting (or garment) will you be most sad to say goodbye to?
For paintings, it's a tie between two Manets: Lady with Fans (Portrait of Nina de Callias) (far right in the image immediately above) and Young Lady in 1866 (top image).
For fashions, the aforementioned black dress but also the Worth Robe de Promenade, the last dress in the exhibition with the extraordinary starburst silk damask fabric. I'm in Venice as I write and that fabric is reminiscent of the luxury goods one still sees in textile boutiques.
What's next for you?
Van Gogh's Bedrooms coming in September 2015—stay tuned!
Édouard Manet. Young Lady in 1866, 1866. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, gift of Erwin Davis.
Formal Dress, c. 1877. France. Gilles Labrosse Collection.
Day dress, c. 1886. Charles Frederick Worth. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; gift of Mrs. William E.S. Griswold, 1941, 2009.300.664a,b.
2 hours 33 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem
Two major figures in American art and literature aim to make the black experience visible in postwar America.
Closing August 28—http://bit.ly/2aQrnYd
7 hours 2 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago It is believed Van Dyck never intended for the early stages of his etchings to be circulated and was surprised by their immediate popularity in the art market. Finding success at a time when artists didn’t usually show works in progress, these “unfinished” prints helped set the stage for the more recent popularity of works that reveal the creative process. See the prints that altered conventions in Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print—closing August 7.
1 day 1 hour ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT 1983: The museum held an exhibition for the collection of Jalane and Richard Davidson, Chicago collectors of contemporary American realist drawings. Acknowledged at the time for collecting against prevailing art world trends, they amassed a comprehensive collection of work spanning the careers of both well-known artists—like Jack Beal, pictured here with Jalane herself and a portrait he made of her—and lesser-known Midwestern artists. The entire Davidson collection was bequeathed to the museum and saw another exhibition devoted to it in 1999.