19th century clothing, art, Clothing, common dress, Costume, fashion, movies, Mr. Turner, Museums, snark, some snark, style
Mr. Turner, out now on iTunes and elsewhere, won’t be for everyone: M’damsel isn’t treated very well– artists are, you know, often narcissistic, driven users– but the landscapes thrill.
We talk sometimes about going to the antique store in historical clothing and asking why our chattel is for sale. I toy with similar naughty thoughts about visiting historic house and other museums, but Mr Turner inspires a dream of a simpler pleasure: dressing in period clothes to visit a period gallery.
Possibly my companion would grunt as Turner does, but we might also unnerve guards by pointing walking sticks at salon-hung still lifes or reacting with disgust at the sight of an Impressionist work. (Might as well take it all the way.)
No takers yet for this diversion, which is just as well. I expect it would be a quick way to meet security and police staff if you didn’t coordinate with the museum/gallery in advance. Still: what a stunt. Someday I’ll pull it off.
At least back in the later ’90s the Yale Center for British art had a room or two with various 18th-century portraits, conversation pieces, etc. stacked up the wall in period fashion. If that installation is still there at Yale, I’d nominate it as the perfect site for such an operation!…
Have you seen the Improv Everywhere video of King Philip the 4th of Spain signing autographs at the Met? https://youtu.be/TvBbVA36y1U
That was new to me, and I love it. They even used pencil!
I would love to do this, however the sailing ships no longer ply the route between from this colony.
It would be a long journey, indeed, even if the ships still sailed! It is a shame, as I think we could have fun.
It would indeed, and be perilous under sail. I look back at my forebears who sailed half way around the world – some by choice and some not – and wonder how they coped with the journey.
I think we would have fun, and a couple of friends and I have considered going to our Art Gallery in costume