In today's post, Associate Curator Christina Johnson takes us to Bendigo, Australia. As we've described here and here, we spent much of 2013 preparing Modern Love for exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery in Bendigo, Australia. In this post, Christina offers her perspective on this experience, including a chance meeting with a baby kangaroo. Stay tuned for an upcoming post featuring a behind-the-scenes look at deinstalling Modern Love.
In March 2011, Curator Kevin Jones traveled to the Bendigo Art Gallery (BAG) in Bendigo, Australia, to install a costume from the FIDM Museum Collection worn by Grace Kelly in The Swan (1956) for the exhibition Grace Kelly: Style Icon. After chatting with the director and curators there, and sending them a copy of our 2011 publication FABULOUS! Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions, 2000-2010, they expressed interest in developing an exhibition focused on contemporary fashion derived from the FIDM Museum.
This collaboration between BAG and FIDM Museum curatorial staff resulted in our first international traveling exhibition: Modern Love: Fashion Visionaries from the FIDM Museum LA, which opened on October 26, 2013. It included over sixty mannequins and accessories spanning Punk to the present. Among the designers represented are: Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, Christian Francis Roth, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Yohji Yamamoto, Alexander McQueen, and Thom Browne. Large video projections of corresponding runway shows appear on the walls. A publication filled with runway images from the FIDM Museum’s Michel Arnaud Photography Archive was also published and includes essays by BAG and FIDM Museum curators.