We’re happy to debut Gallery Beat,
our new regular section by GirlAT’s New York Arts & Culture contributor, Karina Schroeder.
Check out this week’s picks:
Every week, I love flipping through the pages of TONY to find out what’s new and interesting in my beloved NYC. I’m a bit of a museum geek, so the art and gallery exhibits are always the first thing I scour. While New York always has a crazy amount of art, fashion, science, and history to explore, I boiled down this week’s selection to three top recommendations for you to check out:
Fashion Institute of Technology: Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum of FIT, Part Two
Don’t miss your chance to see a wonderful compilation of work from the world’s leading fashion designers in part two of FIT’s exhibit series. Designs from Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, and Yves Saint Laurent, among many others, will be on display until November 10. All pieces were taken from FIT’s collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories and 30,000 textiles, spanning the 18th century to the present.
Now you can ooh and awe at some of these lovely beauties, and daydream about wearing them yourself!
Museum of FIT
Corner of 7th Avenue & 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
Exhibit until Nov. 10, 2012
Skyscraper Museum- Urban Fabric: Building New York’s Garment District
Who knew that “Fashion Avenue” (aka 7th Avenue) received its name from all the garment manufacturing factories stretched along those blocks 100 years ago? During the production boom of the 1920s, west midtown from 35th to 41st Street and from Seventh to Ninth Avenue housed more than 100 high-rise lofts, where nearly ¾ of all women’s and children’s clothes in the U.S. were produced- wow!
Urban Fabric explores the architecture and history of this long-changed New York neighborhood, discussing how the garment district helped shape New York as a modern city.
The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place (Between 1 and 2 Pl.)
New York, NY 10280
Exhibit until Jan. 20, 2013
Morris-Jumel Mansion: Women Unbound by Andrea Arroyo
Why does this place not garner more attention? The Morris Jumel Mansion is the oldest house in Manhattan, built in 1776, and it is absolutely beautiful. Once the home of George Washington (yes, that George Washington), this home has a lot of history to explore. Did I mention the interiors are gorgeous? Seriously, the interiors are gorgeous.
Artist Andrea Arroyo had the lucky opportunity to use this place as the backdrop for her new exhibit: Women Unbound. Inspired by artifacts from the mansion’s past, Arroyo created new modern art pieces that explore the relationship between past and present women’s lives.
Revive your inner-feminist while checking out one of Manhattan’s hidden gems.
Morris Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace (cross street 162nd St.)
New York, NY 10032
Exhibit until January 7, 2013