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.
1 day 3 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago "Be a good craftsman; it won't stop you being a genius.”
Advice from Pierre-Auguste Renoir, on his birthday.
See 13 paintings by the great French Impressionist—now on view: http://bit.ly/2lj3AVq
1 day 21 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Go
Speed is both a product of modern life and an agent of it. At the turn of the 20th century, new technologies of mobility and transmission—trains, cars, airplanes, radio, film, television, to name only a few—increased the pace of life, collapsing distances between people and places and assaulting the senses.
Go, the second exhibition in the Art Institute’s Modern Series, explores how artists responded to different ways of experiencing and seeing the world in the accelerated modern age—through paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, designed objects, textiles, books, and films.
2 days 1 hour ago The Art Institute of Chicago Happy birthday to Winslow Homer. In 1883 the artist moved to a small coastal village in Maine, where he created a series of paintings of the sea unparalleled in American art. The paintings he created after 1882 focused almost exclusively on humankind’s age-old contest with nature.
In The Herring Net, Homer depicted the heroic efforts of fishermen at their daily work. While one fisherman hauls in the netted and glistening herring, the other unloads the catch. Utilizing the teamwork so necessary for survival, both strive to steady the precarious boat as it rides the incoming swells. Homer’s isolation of these two figures underscores the monumentality of their task: the elemental struggle against a sea that both nurtures and deprives.
See five paintings by Winslow Homer in Gallery 171 of American Art—http://bit.ly/2l89rfx