A guide to art in NYC, with families in mind.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

goArtkidsSF: Isabelle de Borchgrave

Ever wonder what happens if you fold paper this way and that? What do you get, Origami? Think again. Better yet go see the exhibit entitled  Pulp Fashion: the art of Isabelle de Borchgrave, at the  Legion of Honor 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco.  Once there you'll find life size mannequins dressed from head to toe in historical costumes made entirely of paper. The Belgian artist who is a painter by training, manipulates and treats  paper in such a way that it looks so sublimely tactile.  She draws on themes from examples in the history of costumes. You'll see costumes from  the Renaissance to grand couturiers, such as Worth, Dior and Chanel to name a few. My family and I had to suppress strong urges to touch the work. After all, it's only natural to want to make a closer inspection. The security guards were working double time, and grandparents steered little fingers away from the gorgeous garb. The exhibit closes July 12th, 2011.    
   - Norma Wendroff
Perfect for 8 and up. Children under six are free and the museum is free every first Tuesday.
The Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco has several other exhibits that you'll enjoy taking your family to.
 Reading the Floating World: Japanese Ukiyo-e Books  on view now till July 24th, 2011
Marvelous Menagerie: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel ends July 24th, 2011
Image left:  Maria de’ Medici (detail), 2006, inspired by a ca. 1555 portrait by Alessandro Allori in the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Photo: Andreas von Einsiedel 

Eleanor of Toledo (and detail), 2006, inspired by a ca. 1545 portrait of Eleanor and her son Giovanni de’ Medici by Agnolo Bronzino in the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Photo: RenĂ© Stoeltie