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Cocktail Culture

Evening dress, 1939 (Elizabeth Hawes)

If you’re fortunate to be in the neighborhood of the Rhode Island School of Design before July 31, do us all a favor and check out the “Cocktail Culture” exhibit, running until July 31.

The collection focuses on the fashion and design of “cocktailing” – referring to early prohibition (1920) to the early 1980s.

There are beautiful examples of barware, sleek interpretations of shakers and tumblers that evoke modern American skyscrapers.

And how could you have cocktail hour without the eponymous dress? My favorite is Elizabeth Hawes’ 1939 gown, which looks like an elegant olive.

The exhibit only runs for another month, but check out the museums’ image sheet and a historical rundown here. It’ll drive you to drink in the most positive way.

Cocktail shaker, 1928

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DeYoung Artist in Residence Shows Communal Vision

The August Artist-in-Residence at the De Young Museum, Alexandra Blum, is a printmaker and painter who will spend this month in the Kimball Education Gallery. She will be interacting with guests in order to create an exhibit that displays the museum-going populace as not only a collection of individuals, but also a collective with a communal vision. 

The Kimball Education gallery is a fantastic and under-used place to check out local artists at work.  I interned there for a few months in 2009, and was shocked to discover how few people knew about this great resource in the city.  I was able to hang out with some incredible artists and see their processes as they use the space as a “studio for a month”.

Alexandra Blum is particularly interesting to Artlarking, because she aims to collaborate with her audience, by tracing silhouettes of visitors while recording their descriptions of their favorite De Young permanent collection artwork.  These pieces will then become part of a mixed-media collage/ silkscreen project in the gallery.  Her conceptual artist’s statement is “to humanize the private individual experience of viewing art and also transform it into a vision of a shared experience”.  

Check it out- the Kimball Gallery always free! and is located across from the main ticket desks and entrance to the “tower”, at the corner of the museum. 

-Alison