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The Costume Institute's In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,
launches a two-part exploration of fashion in the United States in the Anna
Wintour Costume Center. It establishes a modern vocabulary of American
fashion based on its expressive qualities. A signature quilt begun in 1856 from
The Met's American Wing collection opens the show, and serves as a metaphor
for the United States and its varied cultural identities.
Approximately 100 men's and women's ensembles by a diverse range of
designers from the 1940s to the present are featured. Enclosed in scrimmed
cases that represent three-dimensional "patches" of a quilt, they
are organized into 12 sections that explore defining emotional qualities:
Nostalgia, Belonging, Delight, Joy, Wonder, Affinity, Confidence, Strength,
Desire, Assurance, Comfort, and Consciousness.
Nearly from its inception, Surrealism has had an international
scope, but knowledge of the movement has been formed primarily through a
Western European focus. This exhibition reconsiders the true
"movement" of Surrealism across boundaries of geography and
chronology—and within networks that span Eastern Europe to the Caribbean,
Asia to North Africa, and Australia to Latin America. Including almost
eight decades of work produced across 45 countries, Surrealism Beyond Borders offers
a fresh appraisal of these collective concerns and exchanges—as well as
historical, national, and local distinctions—that will recast appreciation
of this most revolutionary and globe-spanning movement.
The exhibition's chronology, 1000 to 1200, corresponds to a
pivotal era in the history of the Spanish Middle Ages—one that saw
significant shifts in the balance of power between Christian and Muslim
rulers, destabilizing long-standing social relationships and introducing
new tensions among religious communities. Yet the visual arts make it clear
that this was not a purely divisive age. In exploring how artists and
patrons of the day drew from many sources of inspiration, negotiating the
visual traditions of different religions, Spain, 1000–1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith
will showcase the richness and complexity of interfaith interaction. In so
doing, the exhibition draws upon the concept of the frontier—a boundary
that simultaneously separates and connects—as a metaphor for Spain as a
place of artistic creation.