CUT! Costume and the Cinema October 2, 2013 | January 19, 2014
Costumes play a critical role in the success of any period film. They set the scene and establish authenticity and ambience. They also reveal clues about a character’s status, age, class, and wealth, in addition to his or her role in the story. CUT! Costume and the Cinema takes an in-depth look at the art of making costumes through the renowned British costumer, Cosprop Ltd.
The films represented in the exhibition depict five centuries of history, drama, and comedy with more than 40 period costumes worn by film stars Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, Johnny Depp, Ralph Fiennes, Angelica Huston, Keira Knightley, Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, and many others. In all, more than 30 actors from 27 films, including Sherlock Holmes; Academy Award-winner The Duchess; and perennial favorites Pirates of the Caribbean, Sense and Sensibility, and The Phantom of the Opera, are featured.
Costumes created for period films must not only withstand the test of time, but must also stand up to intense visual scrutiny. When a camera zooms in for a close-up, every hand-created detail must look authentic and perfectly executed. This presentation allows the viewer to get close to the stories portrayed on screen and to appreciate the fine details that often can only fleetingly be glanced on the screen.
Since 1986, when the Academy Award for Costume Design was awarded to a Cosprop designer for A Room With A View, the company has supplied costumes for 24 nominated films. In 2008, three of the five Oscar nominees included Cosprop designs; and in 2009, the Academy Award for Costume Design was awarded for The Duchess, the highest accolade for a designer and the costumers that provide the film’s costumes. Like their period prototypes, these opulent costumes are crafted of sumptuous fabrics and decorated with intricate embroidery, brocade, and lace.The exhibition tour is organized by Exhibition Development Group, USA in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London, England.
The Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992 is generously providing lead sponsorship. Major support is also provided by the Marcia and Otto Koehler Foundation and Terry Touhey. The Director’s Circle and the Host Committee are providing additional support.
ONSTAGE! COSTUME DESIGN AND THE THEATRE September 4 | January 5
The stage manager calls performers to their places. The house lights dim and the audience hushes. Nothing matches the excitement of live theatre. Onstage! Costume Design and the Theatre explores what is unique about designing for the stage through drawings from the McNay’s collection paired with the realized costumes they inspired. Focusing on five of North America’s most celebrated theatre designers, the exhibition showcases costumes that command the stage like the actors who wore them. Bejeweled robes, appliqued capes, hand-painted armor, and papier-mache masks are featured.
All from different generations, designers Eugene Berman, Peter J. Hall, Desmond Heeley, Tanya Moiseiwitsch, and Martin Pakledinaz produced work in a variety of distinct styles. Berman created vast stage pictures, composing bold shapes and colors of many costumes on the Metropolitan Opera’s proscenium stage. Inspired by painter Gustav Klimt, Hall’s symbol-laden costumes echo the psychological tensions of Richard Strauss’s Salome for the Dallas Opera. Heeley and Moiseiwitsch focused attention on individual actors, enveloping them in richly textured costumes on the bare thrust stage of the Stratford Festival. In over-the-top exuberance, Pakledinaz’s costumes for Cole Porter’s musical Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway rival the original Shakespearean designs.
Onstage! recreates a designer’s studio and a costume shop, revealing how theatre costumes are created, from the drawing board, to the cutting table, and finally the stage.
This exhibition was organized by the McNay Art Museum and is a program of The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS September 4 | January 5
C. THOMAS WRIGHT PATRON AND COLLECTOR September 25 | January 12
ARTMATTERS 15 ROSALYN SCHWARTZ: A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEDUCTION October 2 | January 19
For the fifteenth presentation in the ARTMATTERS series of work by contemporary artists, the McNay brings together paintings and collages by Illinois-based Rosalyn Schwartz. Schwartz’s work finds inspiration in decor, elements of kitsch, interior design, and references to art history. By juxtaposing representational and abstract imagery with decorative motifs and patterns, Schwartz asks the viewer to consider questions of accepted style and personal taste: “While explicit in their unapologetic allure, my paintings present a contemporary investigation of the quintessential conflict between our notions of beauty and futility, perfection and impossibility.”
Schwartz received a BFA from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and an MFA from Fontbonne University, St. Louis. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and she has received a number of awards and fellowships including an Arts Midwest/NEA Fellowship Grant in Painting, as well as a McKnight Foundation Fellowship, and a Bush Foundation Fellowship.
In 2014, the McNay includes Schwartz’s work in the summer feature exhibition, Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting.
An illustrated gallery guide accompanies this exhibition.
This exhibition was organized by the McNay Art Museum.
The Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions are generously funding this exhibition.
After Boucher 1, 2011, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist.Photograph: Megan Roche
B.B. with Strawberries , 2012, Digital print, 24 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Maggie Day
Floral with Kitty, 2008, Collage, 8 x 6 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Joe Lingeman
eBay Vase 1 (green) , 2013, Digital print, 36 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: William T. Arnold
NATIVE SON PRINTS AND DRAWINGS BY LUIS A. JIMÉNEZ JR. October 9 | January 19
FROST OCTAGON VIDEO NIC NICOSIA’S MIDDLETOWN September 3 | January 5
CATHERINE LEE ALICE On view through Summer 2014
In addition to special exhibitions, the McNay’s collection, comprised of nearly 20,000 works of art, is on view in the museum’s Main Collection Galleries. Please follow the links below to learn more about each part of our collection.