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The #FIDMMuseum in L.A. had a great exhibit featuring designs from period & contemporary TV shows on last summer. They displayed costumes from some of the greatest shows during ~peak tv~ and gave insight into the costume designers vision. Being so close to outfits faves have worn is seriously mind blowing - check out the FIDM’s website for current exhibits or jut stop by the gift shop for dope AF souvenirs!

Liberty cap

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England is currently exhibiting the shortlisted entries for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. This amazing picture of the Milky Way and orographic lenticular clouds hanging above Liberty Cap, a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, was taken by Rogelio Bernal Andreo.

Loz

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Gruvia had a strong presence in both exhibitions of Mashima-sensei’s artwork. During Sensei’s Fairy Tail exhibition, you could purchase a Gruvia-only ticket on one of the days of attendance, and a Gruvia badge was also for sale as merchandise for the fans. Both exhibits had special couple postcards of Gruvia one could receive as a gift for attending, or for purchasing merchandise. Mashima-sensei even labeled the Gruvia postcard available during the Fairy Tail exhibition “Autumn of romantic love.” 

Plus, some of Gray and Juvia’s moments in Sensei’s current exhibition were considered important enough to be displayed in their respective panel collections. Considering how much is involved through history with Gray’s character especially, it’s pretty telling that some of the most signature moments include Juvia.  

And as if the above weren’t already enough, Mashima-sensei also took the time to personally add an additional new Gruvia drawing to the walls of his exhibits each time. 

Gruvia’s firm presence among Mashima-sensei’s lifetime of artwork doesn’t just show his own love for the pair he created, but his acknowledgement of the fans enjoyment of Gray and Juvia’s relationship, as well. “Gurejubi” is immensely loved by the Japanese fans, and there were tweets from those attending about their happiness that sensei drew Gray and Juvia’s characters together on the wall while they were there.

Eileen Gray

#tbt to a retrospective of the work of the Anglo-Irish designer Eileen Gray, which opened in February 1980, four years after her death. Gray had often been left out of design histories in spite of her extraordinary career, which ranged from experiments in furniture to groundbreaking architecture. One of her greatest achievements in the latter field was E-1027, a late-1920s seaside house on the French Riviera that was, as the press release for the exhibition noted, “one of the first truly radical modern buildings in France.” Nevertheless, as the years passed, Gray’s contribution to the field was marginalized and her legacy minimized within the male-dominated world of architecture and design—something this exhibition sought to challenge. The installation comprised numerous examples of her furniture design, with photographs and drawings providing an overview of her work in architecture. (MoMA’s current exhibition How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior includes numerous examples of Gray’s furnishings.)

See installation views of the original 1980 retrospective, read the out-of-print catalogue, and more.  

Bringing up baby kelp forest fish

A wild kelp forest, home to numerous animals. Photo: Bill Morgan

Like a giant, underwater apartment building, a kelp forest provides food and shelter for thousands of animals. In our Kelp Forest gallery you can see the full vibrancy of an underwater forest where fish are displayed throughout their life-cycles, so visitors can see how fish change in size, shape, pattern and color as they grow. 

Aquarist MacKenzie Bubel and some future Kelp Forest gallery residents. 

The youngest, smallest fish at the Aquarium start out being cared for behind the scenes. This gives our aquarists the opportunity to keep a close eye on their feeding habits and growth. As the little ones grow, they’re usually moved to progressively larger exhibits in the Kelp Forest gallery. 

The Seaweed Gardens (left) and Under the Canopy (right) exhibits.

Our Seaweed Gardens exhibit provides an excellent home for small fish to get started in, so this diverse community has become a kind of fish nursery.

After a few months in the Seaweed Gardens, larger fish are ready to graduate to a roomier exhibit like Under the Canopy, the Kelp Holdfast or even the main Kelp Forest exhibit!

The current residents in an exhibit definitely notice when new fish are introduced into their established territory and may react aggressively to the perceived threat of strangers. To avoid this, aquarists rearrange everything in the exhibit just before introduction, so all the fish will be facing a fresh situation at the same time.

The Kelp Forest exhibit.

The result of all this work is a series of vibrant exhibits that showcase the kelp forest ecosystem right outside our deck (and below the waves).

So when you visit, keep an eye out for these classic kelp forest fishes throughout the gallery as they grow up:

Known as “Thumb Bibles,” these miniature books are abridged versions of the Bible, generally meant for children. The term “Thumb Bible” was first coined in the mid-19th century and may be a reference to Tom Thumb, a known public figure at the time. These books are also well-thumbed, though that is just coincidental.  #MiniatureMonday

Come see these and other books from our collection on display now in our main gallery as part of our current exhibition, The Living Book: New Perspections on Form and Function. 

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Michael Zinman Collection of Early American Children’s Books.

Edgar Degas (1834–1917)

In 1887 Edgar Degas begun a series of drawings of a woman drying her foot while seated on the edge of a bathtub. This pair, in charcoal and pastel, were both drawn late in that process, sometime between 1900 and 1905. The tub is not drawn in either, making the crouching poses appear slightly awkward.

Evident revisions in the drawing on the left suggest improvisations directly on the paper, and the rough strokes with light vertical lines in the drawing on the right lead to the figure resembling a small sculpture.

You can see both drawings, and more by Degas, in our current Degas to Picasso exhibition, open only until 7 May. Booking is strongly recommended.

Upcoming Engagements Update!

There is one confirmed official upcoming engagement and two official visits for Catherine.

  • May 11th: The Duchess of Cambridge will make an official visit to Luxembourg.
    • Visit Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM) to tour current exhibitions by British artists Sir Tony Cragg and Darren Almond.
    • Visit Place Clairefontaine.
      • Tour a cycling themed festival & meet children designing Le Tour de France jerseys.
      • Unveil a mural of British cyclist Tom Simpson and Luxembourgish cycling legend Charly Gaul.
    • Meet Their Royal Highnesses The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg at the Grand Ducal Palace.
    • The Commemoration of The 1867 Treaty of London.
    • Visit Dräi Eechelen Museum.
  • May 13th: The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will host a “Party At The Palace” Tea Party at Buckingham Palace for children whose parents have passed serving in the Armed Forces.
    • Children up to 18 years of age will be invited to attend.
    • The party will include fun games, activities, and a chance for children to explore the Buckingham Palace Gardens.
    • A number of charities, such as Child Bereavement UK, will also be in attendance.
  • July 2017: The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge will make an official visit to Poland and Germany.
    • Further details of The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge’s visit will be announced over the next several weeks.

Keep checking back at our site to keep yourself updated on all of Catherine’s upcoming engagements!