Oscar de la Renta, passes at 82

Oscar de la Renta, the doyen of American fashion, whose career began in the 1950s in Franco’s Spain and sprawled across the better living rooms of Paris and New York, and who was the last survivor of that generation of bold, all-seeing tastemakers, died on Monday at his home in Kent, Conn.

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This week: MoMA Film’s focus on Ann Sheridan continues with Juke Girl, co-starring none other than Ronald Reagan. 

[Juke Girl. 1942. USA. Directed by Curtis Bernhardt]

moma:

10/25: Celebrate Picasso’s birthday on October 26th with a private after-hours tour and reception. 

[Pablo Picasso. Three Musicians. Fontainebleau, summer 1921]

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Red poppies 45 - Pol Ledent

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Paul Kersten, Marbled Paper for Bookbinding
Leipzig, Germany, circa 1900
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Paul Kersten, Marbled Paper for Bookbinding
Leipzig, Germany, circa 1900

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Paul Kersten, Marbled Paper for Bookbinding

Leipzig, Germany, circa 1900

russian-style:

Pyotr Konchalovsky - Portrait of Vsevolod Meyerhold, 1938

The portrait was created not so long before the arrest and death of Russian theatre director Meyerhold, so there is a contrast between the vivid background and sadness  of removed master.

Vsevolod Emilevich Meyerhold (German: Karl Kazimir Theodor Meyerhold) (1874 – 1940) was a Russian theatrical producer, director, and actor whose provocative experiments in unconventional theater made him one of the seminal forces in modern theater. Meyerhold, like Constantin Stanislavski and Lee Strasberg, helped to redefine modern theater by employing new methods of acting that were more in keeping with the changing trends in drama that were initiated by Anton Chekhov,Henrik Ibsen, and Eugene O’Neill.

The realism of the modern drama, focusing on the struggles of man in the urban setting, required a different method of presentation. & Meyerhold used one based on the system of biomechanics and body language making the scenes almost balletic instead of emotive like Stanslavski and Strasberg.

Meyerhold inspired revolutionary artists and filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein, whose films employed actors who worked in Meyerhold’s tradition. An example of his style of acting can be found in the films of Eisenstein, who cast actors based on what they looked like and their expression, and who followed Meyerhold’s stylized acting methods. In Strike!, which portrays the beginnings of theBolshevik revolution, the oppressive bourgeois are always obese, drinking, eating, and smoking, whereas the workers are athletic and chiseled.

Meyerhold was strongly opposed to socialist realism, and in the beginning of the 1930s, when Joseph Stalin clamped down on all avant-garde art and experimentation, his works were proclaimed antagonistic and alien to the Soviet people.

His theater was closed down in 1938, (which the painting above shows him shortly thereafter)  and a year later Meyerhold was arrested and imprisoned. His wife, actress Zinaida Raikh, was found dead in their Moscow apartment, unknown whether by suicide or murder.

He was brutally tortured and forced to make a confession that he murdered her, which he later recanted before the court. He was sentenced to death by firing squad on February 1, 1940.

The date of his death is unclear; some sources say he was executed on February 2, 1940. The Soviet government cleared him of all charges in 1955, during the first wave of destalinization.

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Pie Judging Contest with Dr. Louise Stanley and Mary Lindsay.

Item From: Records of the Bureau of Human Nutrition and Home Economics. (02/13/1943- 11/02/1953)

Today is National Dessert Day! Dr.  Louise Stanley was the first head of the Department of Home Economics. Here Dr. Stanley and Mary Lindsay are taking part in a circa 1920’s Pie Judging contest.

In 1923,  Dr. Louise Stanley was part of a group of home economists called to Washington by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help formulate a new Department of Home Economics. As the head of this new Department, she directed the first national farm housing survey which inspired many subsequent programs that improved rural living.

Source: http://research.archives.gov/description/5729294

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