current exhibitions


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!


‘the ancestors came’ (2017)
dir cecile emeke

a film i made about the prolific artist and inspiring human, faith ringgold as part of the ‘soul of a nation’ exhibition currently showing at tate modern, london. 

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.



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.  


Robert Rauschenberg | HOW TO SEE the artist with Charles Atlas

Acclaimed artist and filmmaker Charles Atlas reflects on working with Rauschenberg on Merce Cunningham dance productions during the 1970s and how lessons he learned from the artist impacted his own work and collaboration on MoMA’s current exhibition, “Rauschenberg: Among Friends.”

anonymous asked:

Someone mentioned seeing the reactions of the Commados' families to Steve's sketches, can we see that?

Following up on this prompt and this one!


After sharing his sketches with first Pepper and then the rest of the team, Steve found himself more interesting in drawing again, in a way he hadn’t been since the war.  

He remembered the look on Tony’s face, when Steve had gifted him a sketch of his father and Peggy, and so Steve set to work.  

It was easy enough to track down the descendants of those Commandos that had passed away, and he’d seen the others since he’d woken up.  All that was left was the artwork.

He re-drew the one of the Commandos playing cards for each Commado (or their family).  He wanted each of them to have a copy of that sketch in particular; all the Commandos in the image and so typical of their time together.  

Steve wanted to make them each a sketch of their own too, and so he made himself a cuppa and sat down to sift through his memories.  It took some time, perhaps an afternoon and three cups of tea, but he’d made up his mind:

For Dugan, he decided upon an evening at a pub –the one in London, he was reasonably sure.  He and Dugan were arm-wrestling, the other Commandos and many other patrons gathered around to watch, pint glasses littering the table and wicked smiles on both of their faces.

For Falsworth, it was he and Peggy seated at the briefing table, teacups before them and several unopened packets of tea between them. Their expressions were happy and obstinate, eyes crinkled at the corners and mouths trying not to curve upwards. (Differences in tea-brand preferences were serious, he remembered, between his memories of his mother, Peggy, and Falsworth.  He couldn’t say he hadn’t developed his own strong opinions).

For Morita he recalled an evening he and Bucky were on base and working on their target practice (and determining who had boasting rights that week). Bucky usually won out but Morita was a top-shot himself.  They were vying for the radio Mortia had repaired the day before and it sat off to one side, Dugan twirling Peggy around in circles, both of them lit up with laughter.

For Gabe it was a rare –perhaps one of maybe two- evening out dancing. Gabe was twirling a woman in a beautiful dress around the dance floor, a wide, bright smile on his face.  They were in France, Steve was pretty sure. He knew from what he’d been told that Gabe found her again after the war and eventually gotten married.  Steve drew the other Commandos raising champagne flutes by the bar, as he imagined they must have done at Gabe’s wedding.

The actual artwork took several weeks, between missions and time with the team, but he had every sketch done two months later.  Just in time to frame them and (at Pepper’s suggestion) make arrangements to visit each Commando or their family between the Thanksgiving and New Years holidays.  

At each gathering, there were tears – happy and sad- and so much conversation.  Steve returned to the Tower with an empty bag but a heart full –and his confidence, too. He was considering something else Pepper had mentioned off-hand, (purposefully off-hand, he suspected): that he create a series of sketches for the Smithsonian to display in tandem with their current exhibition.  A view from both angles, Steve, history’s and first-person.

Thanks to Pepper, the team, and the Commandos, Steve was finally seriously considering it, and his fingers itched for his sketchbook.


What is the role of art in society? 

Artists after WW2 in Argentina and Brazil were grappling with this question and rejected traditional painting to create artwork so precise in conception and execution that it formed its own material, or “concrete,” reality.

These “Concrete artists” were interested in experimenting with format, shape, construction, paint, and material—art was to be a part of everyday life.

This painting by Willys de Castro was done in 1962 in Brazil. The third image in this slideshow shows that the artist used techniques such as brushing, spraying, and polishing to apply custom-made house paint to this piece.

Making Art Concrete is one of four PSTLALA (Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA) exhibitions currently on view at the Getty Center that spotlight Latin American art and Latino/a artists in relationship to Los Angeles.

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:

Predator and Prey: The Jellyfish of Sherlock

I’ve written already about why I think that The Six Thatchers is a subtextual adaptation of The Lion’s Mane, but somehow managed to do so without ever talking about jellyfish, which are all over the screen in the climax of the episode. We have three species of jellyfish vying for our attention in Sherlock, so perhaps I should stop ignoring them.

We get a couple of overt references to The Lion’s Mane in the post-credits sequence in The Six Thatchers, first when Sherlock is simultaneously solving cases for Dimmock and Hopkins:

As I explained in my previous meta, there are two versions of The Lion’s Mane available. In the published version, Holmes solves the case. In the early manuscript, Holmes’ deductive skills are greatly surpassed by those of a local naturalist, Professor Mordhouse. In this earlier version, Holmes describes the case as a failure, “nearly… my Waterloo”. For those not familiar with this phrase, meeting one’s Waterloo means to be defeated by one’s greatest enemy.

Moments later in the same montage, Sherlock and John joke about a case based on the published version:

John (laughing): A jellyfish! You can’t arrest a jellyfish.
Sherlock: You can try.
John: We did try.

In both versions of The Lion’s Mane, the “potential assassin lurking” was a deadly predator, the lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata), subtextually associated with Moriarty. It’s the largest jellyfish known to exist. They can be many times the size of a human; here’s a medium-sized one:

Would have looked lovely in The Six Thatchers, no? I think so, too. Sadly, we didn’t get to see any in that episode. Maybe the London Aquarium didn’t have any in their collection in 2016. From what I’ve been able to learn, they have the lion’s mane only periodically, and they received some this month for their current exhibit. A missed opportunity, perhaps.

In the aquarium scene that we saw, Sherlock and Norbury face off in a darkened room. Norbury (who is perhaps really Mary) is backed by sharks, Sherlock is backed by jellyfish.

Norbury: We’re like them. Ghostly, living in the shadows.
Sherlock: Predatory.

Norbury is presumably talking about the sharks here, but our eyes are on Sherlock, who stands in front of a display of moon jellies (Aurelia aurita). The moon jelly is not predatory. In fact, it’s one of the main prey of the lion’s mane and of another predator, the crystal jelly (Aequoria victoria). Remember when we all recognized the aquarium scene from the Bond film Skyfall? The animated jellyfish in that scene was Aequoria victoria. This is Mycroft’s jellyfish, linked by Baskerville’s bioluminescence research and his own role as MI6′s M.

So, we end up with one jellyfish named but not shown in The Hounds of Baskerville, associated with Mycroft, and another hinted at but not shown in The Six Thatchers, associated with Moriarty/Mary. Both of these are predators, but the only jellyfish we see onscreen is a prey species (associated with Sherlock as the moon to John’s sun), which is hunted by the other two.

Why mention arresting a jellyfish in the opening of this episode?

The only jellyfish we were shown is the victim, not the killer.

We haven’t seen all of this story.

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This loop is my contribution to MNSTR Agency’s “La Joie” (happiness in French) AR exhibition and book. The exhibition is currently displayed at the Art by Friends gallery in Annecy (my hometown!) during the Animation Film Festival and in Paris later this month. Swing by if you’re around! Check out this link for more info on the app, the exhibition and how to purchase the book:


@solomonadufah’s current solo exhibition, This Image Is Not Available In Your Country is now open to the public in Chicago at @connectgalleryhydepark 🙌🏾✨
Aug. 11- Sep. 22
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