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September 3, 2012

Savannah Slammer!

Art-Tripping in Dixie this Fall

By Nancy Staab

SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary with a Series of Diverse Exhibits for Fall on Fashion, Sculpture, Photography, Light Installations, Textiles, Film, Architecture and…the iconic Little Black Dress!

SCAD Museum of Art, Peggy Moffitt, art and fashion by Dario Escobar, Ralph Rucci, Yinka Shonibare, and Ivan Navarro. SCAD Museum of Art, Peggy Moffitt, art and fashion by Dario Escobar, Ralph Rucci, Yinka Shonibare, and Ivan Navarro.

It seems like only yesterday that LuxeCrush was extolling the stunning new SCAD Museum of Art building: www.luxecrush.com/culture/article/scad-fab   We marveled at the museum’s modernist structure by architect Christian Sottile (the light tower, the jewel-like window boxes, the elegant spaces merging old and new on the grounds of the old depot, the high-tech touch-screen tablet in the lobby by Pentagram!); its superstar chief curator Isolde Breilmaier; and cutting edge programing—from the Nick Cave projections on the outer wall to baroque-meets-hip-hop Kehinde Wiley portraits in one of the main galleries.

A year later, SCAD Museum of Art is still turning heads with though provoking and wildly diverse art exhibits from established and emerging artists. Here’s some of the latest fall roundup of exhibits in SCAD’s own descriptive words. From Ivan Navarro’s allusive take on architecture and international artist Yinka Shonibare’s explorations of classical art history and colonialism via vibrant textile installations, to Ralph Rucci’s artistic couture, this cultural lineup, just a hop and skip from Atlanta, is certainly fieldtrip-worthy. 

SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd., Savannah, GA, 912.525.7191 or www.scadmoa.org, closed Mondays and holidays, $10 admission. SCAD Museum of Art is also part of the Google Art Project for virtual tours.

A model in Chado Ralph Rucci A model in Chado Ralph Rucci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RALPH RUCCI

Looking Back to the Future: Ralph Rucci Evolved

Through Sept. 16, 2012

 

The SCAD Museum of Art is delighted to present Looking Back to the Future: Ralph Rucci Evolved, an exhibition of designs by Ralph Rucci recipient of the 2012 André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award.

Featuring 27 looks that span Rucci’s designs from 2004-12, including couture from his Chado Ralph Rucci fashion line, Rucci’s work always embodies the same formula: the collections present the most beautiful rainwear, outerwear, furs, leathers, embroidery and rich hand techniques, dance dresses, and drop-dead evening gowns. Consistency and continuity are paramount and there is an unending faith and respect for the work evident in each design.

What does change season after season is the handwork; the patterns of the beads, the stitching and the fabrics.

And Rucci’s initial spark of inspiration is almost always ignited by something from the past: Pina Bausch ballet dancers’ costumes, Islamic architecture, the artist Joseph Beuys, the canvases of Cy Twombly, as well as the vibrations of sounds in the air surrounding us.

His eyes never stop seeing the beauty in the most infinitesimal detail. The designer is always evolving, always searching for new inspirations and techniques that encourage his team to be inspired and to evolve. This is precisely why he is blessed with not only an extraordinarily dedicated and devoted staff but also one that Cathy Horyn of The New York Times called “… among the finest and best ateliers working in the world today.”

Fashion by Ralph Rucci at SCAD Fashion by Ralph Rucci at SCAD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dario Escobar work at SCAD Dario Escobar work at SCAD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DARIO ESCOBAR

Singular-Plural

Through Sept. 16, 2012

 

The SCAD exhibitions department presents Dario Escobar: Singular-Plural, a selection of re-worked industrial objects and works on paper highlighting form, function and concept.

Escobar pulls everyday objects—a skateboard, a book page, a baseball bat—from the world of the mass produced into the realm of fine art through his use of appropriation, accumulation and repetition.

The result is a work of art composed of multiple objects that were once singular and utilitarian and are now presented as one work that is imbued with entirely different aesthetic and conceptual qualities.

Dario Escobar work Dario Escobar work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Moffitt in Rudi's designs Peggy Moffitt in Rudi's designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUDI GERNREICH, PEGGY MOFFITT, WILLIAM CLAXTON

The Total Look

Through Oct. 7, 2012

 

The SCAD Museum of Art presents "The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton,"  curated by vintage expert Cameron Silver of Decades. This multimedia exhibition celebrates the unique and dynamic collaboration between the great fashion designer Rudi Gernreich, his model and muse Peggy Moffitt, and Moffitt’s late husband, photographer William Claxton, who created the distinctive images of Moffitt activating Gernreich’s designs.

The exhibition features selected looks from Moffitt’s collection, with films and photographs by Claxton of Moffitt modeling the clothes. Gernreich, Moffitt and Claxton were central figures in the Los Angeles art community in the 1960s and ‘70s, and were known for their friendships and collaborations with other artists.

Gernreich’s work incorporates many of the early innovations of pop, minimal and performance art, and the introduction of his famous topless swimsuit in 1964 became one of the first instances of art and design being transformed into a worldwide media event.

 

 

A work by Ivan Navarro at SCAD A work by Ivan Navarro at SCAD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IVÁN NAVARRO

Heaven or Las Vegas

Through Oct. 14, 2012

 

The SCAD Museum of Art presents a solo exhibition of floor pieces and wall sculptures by Chilean artist Iván Navarro.

In "Heaven or Las Vegas," Navarro has created a series of neon light wall sculptures based on the floor plans of 12 of the world’s best known skyscrapers, including the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, Lotte World Tower in Busan, and the Twin Towers in New York.

These buildings were chosen not only for their ambitious innovations in design and engineering but also for the historical paradigm of the global spread of Western architecture. Through a positioned play of mirrors and light, viewers have the experience of looking up into the interior elevation of each building. Many of the actual buildings are more than 1,000 feet high.


Within each work, Navarro has incorporated significant words or phrases like BURDEN, RHYME and PLUNDER, which echo through each structure’s illusory depth.

A work by Navarro A work by Navarro

A work by Navarro A work by Navarro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Jessica Parker in Prabal Guring dress from Little Black Dress exhibit at SCAD Sarah Jessica Parker in Prabal Guring dress from Little Black Dress exhibit at SCAD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LITTLE BLACK DRESS

Sept. 28-Dec. 16, 2012

Little Black Dress is a major exhibition of garments designed from 1920 to the present day by the canon of modern fashion designers. Curated by Vogue Contributing Editor and SCAD Trustee André Leon Talley, the exhibition focuses on historic and contemporary examples of the fashion icon “the little black dress,” and reveals how it has been endlessly appropriated and translated.

“This exhibition celebrates the little black dress in its myriad forms, from the pleated Fortuny dress of the late C.Z. Guest, a style icon and great friend; to the impossibly elegant Madame Grés silk crepe de chine dress from 1977, to Carolina Herrera’s black silk faille dress, a personal favorite she designed for herself this year, “ said Talley. “Little Black Dress also includes the work of two recent SCAD graduates: Alexis Asplundh, who works in neoprene (the new crepe de chine for designers like Alber Elbaz of Lanvin, who has a neoprene dress in the exhibition) and Victoria Wilmouth, whose evening gown embellished with exquisite gilded plumes is an ode to sharpness and originality.” ---André Leon Talley

Presented in the SCAD Museum of Art’s André Leon Tally Gallery, the only dedicated couture gallery in the southern United States, Little Black Dress traces the bold curve of social history across the 20th and 21st centuries and explores the evolution of a definitive yet democratic style that for more than a century has embodied shifting tides of the modern world.

Pieces by Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Prabal Gurung, L’Wren Scott,  Isabel Toledo, and Givenchy will be featured, among many others.

 

 

A work from Yinka Shonibare's Famous Deaths A work from Yinka Shonibare's Famous Deaths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YINKA SHONIBARE

Addio del Passato

Oct. 27-Jan. 27, 2013

Addio del Passato is an exhibition of new works by British-born Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE. The exhibition will feature photographs from Shonibare’s Fake Death Pictures series, sculptures detailing the artist’s signature patterned fabrics, and the film Addio Del Passato (“So Closes My Sad Story”), that collectively explore themes of desire, love, repression and power.

These works weave together conceptual impressions of colonialism using a theatrical vocabulary and visual imagery that speak to history through the lens of the present.

Work by Yinka Shonibare Work by Yinka Shonibare

Work by Yinka Shonibare Work by Yinka Shonibare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd., Savannah, GA, 912.525.7191 or www.scadmoa.org, closed Mondays and holidays, $10 admission. SCAD Museum of Art is also part of the Google Art Project for virtual tours.