Friday, June 17, 2011

Rooms With a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century

"Rooms With a View" is a wonderful exhibition now showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This small exhibition explores windows used as the focal element in paintings. Most of the paintings are by German, French and Scandinavian artists from the 1800s. The paintings depict both domestic settings and artists' studios. In several paintings, you see women standing by windows looking outside. Some art historians say this suggests a yearning to explore the world outside the confines of the home. Others suggest that the dark interior spaces represent life on earth while the bucolic views from the windows represent a glimpse of the afterlife. 

From the Scottish Collection
The popular Alexander McQueen exhibition "Savage Beauty" is also at the Metropolitan. McQueen, the avant garde fashion designer of the 1990s and 2000s, died last year at the age of 40. McQueen was known for his sexually provocative designs and equally exciting runways shows. This exhibition attempts to convey that sense with the use of music, lighting, and special effects. Unfortunately, the exhibition is too crowded and claustrophobic to be adequately appreciated. 

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