Renaissance Italy at the Nasher

Being the art nerd that I am, I like to go to museums and art events as often as possible. It doesn’t happen as much as I’d like because of my schedule, but I was able to finally squeeze some art in this week! An amazing thing that some museums are doing is staying open until 9pm on a weekday so that people can view the art after work. This works perfectly for me because I always work weekends and my only day off is Monday, when most museums are closed. Anyways, this week I went over to the Nasher Museum at Duke University to check out their exhibition on Carlo Dolci.

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The Met Costume Institute Exhibition 2018

I could not be more excited about the Met’s most recent announcement for the theme of the Costume Institute Exhibition in 2018 because it combines two of my favorite things…fashion and Renaissance/ Baroque religious art. The exhibition is going to look at the dialogue between fashion and religious art in the Met’s collection, which is right up my alley. Hopefully I will be able to see this exhibition because it sounds absolutely fabulous! For more details, read about the announcement here
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Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at Reynolda House

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Jack in the Pulpit No. 3, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1930. 
Hello all! This past weekend, I went to an art museum for the first time in a while for an amazing art opening. The museum was one of my favorite local museums, Reynolda House in Winston-Salem. I’ve mentioned them before and it is a fabulous museum if you are in the Winston-Salem area with a very interesting history. The building itself was the home of the Reynolds family (Reynolds tobacco and a big name down here).  The art is art that was collected afterwards but is from the same time period when the Reynolds family was living in the home. Anyways, the exhibition I went to see was their brand new exhibition on Georgia O’Keeffe. I hadn’t really read anything about the exhibition as I wanted to go in with an open mind and I was very pleased by what I saw. 
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Manhattan, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1932
The exhibition was divided into two main sections and although it included quite a few of O’Keeffe’s works, it was more about O’Keeffe as a person than about her works. The entire exhibition discussed O’Keeffe’s life chronologically as she went from a teacher to a prominent artist in New York to living in the south west. One of the main reasons I started to study art history was because of the stories behind the works of art as well as the history of the artists. So, I loved learning more about her whole story to better understand her work. 
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Blue #2, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1916
Going chronologically, the exhibition first explored how O’Keeffe began with sketches and watercolors and worked towards oil paintings. Through this progression, you can see not only how O’Keeffe works through different mediums but also how she manages abstraction and includes that in her work. Some of her earliest work, like the piece above, are completely abstract. She would continue to have abstract pieces throughout her career and would also integrate it into her other work. For me, O’Keeffe is not an abstract artist, but rather someone who utilizes abstraction to extremely simplify a subject and it allowed her to focus on the aspect of a scene that most interested her. 
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The Mountain, New Mexico, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1931
The other aspect of the exhibition that was not about O’Keeffe’s work, was about her as an individual. The exhibition had quite a collection of her clothes, many of which she made herself. They also had a lot of photographs of her. O’Keeffe was photographed hundreds of time throughout her life by her partner, Alfred Stieglitz, as well as other photographers. These portraits are beautiful in themselves but also helped O’Keeffe to define herself as a female artist in New York in the first half of the 20th century. 
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Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox, Canyon de Chelly National Monument Arizona, Ansel Adams, 1937
The first thing I am going to say about this exhibition is that I really enjoyed it. I feel like I learned a lot about O’Keeffe and came away with a better understanding of her as an artist as a whole. Like with many things though, there is a however. I liked the exhibition, however, it was not what I expected. I would not describe this as an exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work. Instead, I would say that it was an exhibition about O’Keeffe in general. Let me clarify a little bit. This is not a bad thing at all. In fact, I enjoyed the photographs of O’Keeffe almost more than the work. But I do think it is important to know what to expect from this exhibition so you aren’t disappointed. 
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Georgia in the Car with Hat- I, Tony Vaccaro, 1950
So here is what to expect. First of all, you will see some of O’Keeffe’s works. None of the large scale pieces she is known for, but some beautiful pieces from throughout her career. Then, you will see some of her clothes. Many of these she made herself and they are incredible with delicate details and stitching. Finally, you will see photographs of O’Keeffe throughout her life from intimate portraits by her partner to official portraits to candid photographs of her.
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Georgia O’Keeffe, 1929, Alfred Stieglitz
O’Keeffe was not what many would consider a “beautiful woman” but she was absolutely stunning in her portraits and had such a powerful presence. Let me tell you, after this exhibition, I can say without a doubt that O’Keeffe was an incredible woman. She refused to conform to gender standards and did exactly what she wanted with her clothes, her art, and her life. I think I liked this exhibition so much because I feel like I know O’Keeffe now. If you are in the area, I would highly recommend making a stop at Reynold House and I’d love to hear your thoughts! Until next time, XO
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Reynolda House and Georgia O’Keeffe

Hello all! Today’s post is going to be a little different as we are going to talk about art (yay!!) but I also have a fun outfit I wanted to share with you. First of all, let’s start with the art. We’ve already discussed the North Carolina Museum of Art recently, check back here and here if you forgot. But, a museum that is even closer to me proximity wise and near and dear to me is Reynolda House in Winston-Salem.
While at Wake Forest, I was able to spend quite a bit of time at this museum and have many fond memories exploring the museum and the grounds. This museum is unique as it is not only a historic home for the Reynolds family, but also houses a lovely collection of American Art. If you are in the area, you should check it out as they have a fabulous John Singer Sargent and a lovely Frederic Remington.
If you are planning on coming to this area though, you should definitely wait until the end of the summer because starting August 18th, Reynolda House is going to have a special exhibition on Georgia O’Keeffe. I have loved O’Keeffe since my elementary art school teacher had us watch a documentary on her. To say I’m excited about this exhibition would be an understatement and I am even more excited that it is coming to a museum like Reynolda House. 
Not to worry, I will definitely have a review of this exhibition once I am able to see it! In the meantime, I will be studying up on O’Keeffe and her stunning work. Until next time, XO. 
Top: J.Crew, similar here and here; Earrings: J.Crew, similar here and here; Pants: J.Crew; Shoes: Cole Haan; Purse: Old Anthropologie, similar here
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Glory of Venice

Photo c/o NCMA website
As I mentioned last week, Ansel Adams was not the only exhibition I saw at the North Carolina Museum of Art. They also have an open exhibition called the Glory of Venice. Stylistically, I am much more familiar with this type of art then the Ansel Adams photographs. The exhibition consisted of a lot of portraits as well a religious scenes. And the pieces ranged from the 1400s to the 1500s. By far my favorite piece was this map of Venice. It is so accurate that you can still identify streets and buildings in modern-day Venice.
The more I have studied art history, the more I find myself thinking how I would have curated the exhibition when I am visiting a museum. I loved how the NCMA painted the walls a deep, rich red. Normally museums galleries are all white, so the color was a nice change. It created the perfect atmosphere for the exhibition and helped to emphasize the colors in the works of art. 
My only criticism would be that although the wall text was interesting and the art was beautiful, there was no clear central theme carried throughout the exhibition other than that the works were created in Venice. I would have displayed the works by subject matter instead of chronologically so that you could see different artistic focuses and how those changed over time in a more compelling way.
What do y’all look for when you go to art exhibitions? Until next time, XO
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Ansel Adams at the North Carolina Museum of Art

A couple of weeks ago, I was able to go to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Of course, it was exciting because I love going to art museums and it is always interesting to see how a museum is curated. Plus, I never seem to have the time to get over to Raleigh even though it is only an hour away.

I specifically made this trip to see two special exhibitions the NCMA has: Glory of Venice and Ansel Adams. Glory of Venice will get its own blog post in the coming weeks, but today I wanted to talk about Ansel Adams. I was first introduced to Adams a few months ago when Reynolda House in Winston-Salem had a special exhibition on him. For those of you who don’t know, Ansel Adams was a photographer in the 20th century who had a huge impact on landscape photography and environmental art.
I have always enjoyed photography and the process of developing film by hand although I don’t know very much about it stylistically. While I enjoyed the exhibition at Reynolda House, the one I saw a few weeks ago at NCMA was breath-taking. There is something about the black and white landscapes looming over you. Adams is able to make you feel completely insignificant in comparison while also making the landscapes feel accessible. 
This art is easy to appreciate even without a background in art history or photography. I would definitely recommend checking it out if you have time as this weekend is the last weekend it’s open. Until next time, XO

P.S. All of the images are copies of Adams works from his website, NCMA, and other archives. They are not mine in any way. 

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Art in Rome

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As I mentioned during my Rome recap, the main reason I wanted to visit Rome this time was to see an art exhibition. I have glossed over my passion for art in the past, but I think it’s about time I really talked about it. In May, when I graduated from Wake, I graduated with a degree in art history after writing my thesis on two artists from the 16th and 17th century. I now work in an auction house with aspiration of working in the art world in the future- more to come about this on Friday! To say I love art would be an understatement to say the least. 
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Outside my favorite art museum, the Borghese Gallery
But what doest this have to do with an art exhibition in Rome? Because that is a long flight for one art exhibition! Well, this particular art exhibition was looking in depth at one of the artists I wrote my thesis on! Her name is Artemisia Gentileschi and she was an amazing artist. In my thesis, I was looking at four of her works in particular and I was able to see all four in this exhibition in Rome! 
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Seeing a work from my thesis by Caravaggio
While in Rome, I was able to see one of my other favorite artists, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and a multitude of paintings that influenced my thesis. All in all, the whole trip was one of those moments where your school world and the real world collide and all of your studies and hard work make sense. Definitely more on Artemisia and art in general in the future! Until next time, XO 

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Friday Top 10

Of course, as soon as I decide to post a certain thing every Tuesday I also schedule five hours of classes that day. Moral of the story…my top 10 lists are going to shift around as necessary, so you will just have to keep checking back to see when I post it! So with that, here is this week’s top 10!

1. I love food movies and Chocolat might be my favorite one. First of all Johnny Depp…need I say more? Plus they are in France and the main food is chocolate. Basically three of my favorite things!

2. As you know, I am an art history major and I love art. Currently, I am taking a modern art class and we just started talking about Matisse who is one of my favorite artists of all time! Here are some of my favorite works by him…

3. My favorite type of candy other than chocolate are gummies and I recently discovered a candy website that has the most adorable looking candies I have ever seen! I haven’t had a chance to try them yet, but I can’t wait to try the champagne bears for my birthday! 
4. My new music obsession, Andra Day and her song Rise Up
5. If you don’t already read Lena Dunham’s biweekly newsletter, Lenny, you should. The writing is incredible and they cover some very interesting issues. 
6. For Christmas, Natalie signed up for this service called Olive Box. Every month they send you different and unique stationary. I have only received a month so far, but already I am excited! My two cards from January were so cute (I already used both of them) and I can’t wait to continue to nurture my snail mail addiction! 
7. I have always loved the Fitzgerald’s, but really knew nothing about them. I just finished this incredible book though called Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. After reading it, I kind of hate F. Scott, but it was so interesting a different from the usual point of view. 
8. One Direction released their newest video this week and not only do I love them, but it is also one of my favorite songs on the album!
9. My most recent binge watch on Netflix? Death in Paradise. A British, fun, cop show…my favorite thing and totally worth it! 
10. J.Crew just launched its first sunglasses collection and  I can barely contain my excitement!!! I will definitely be looking into these this weekend 🙂 

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