I was dazzled by the Heavenly Bodies exhibition which is currently on at The Met. This visit was my first to New York and while there are thousands of reasons to return to the city, going to The Metropolitan Museum of Art has long been at the top of my list. The Costume Institute (the celebrated Met Gala is its main fundraiser) annually curates a thematic exhibition which blends fashion with art. The Costume Institute is home to over 35 thousand costumes and accessories from the early fifteenth century to the present and is committed to the preservation and study of the world cultures they represent.
While I wish I could pop into each year’s exhibition, I was particularly drawn to this one because of my undying love of Byzantine art and jewelry, of which many pieces were woven into the displays and then echoed in the modern creations of CHANEL, Dolce & Gabbana, and more. One theme the exhibition explores is how the Roman Catholic upbringing of many of the designers featured has influenced their creativity. The exhibit also cites thematic inspiration from Father Andrew Greeley’s book, The Catholic Imagination, “The Catholic imagination in all its many manifestations . . . tends to emphasize the metaphorical nature of creation. . . . Everything in creation, from the exploding cosmos to the whirling, dancing, and utterly mysterious quantum particles, discloses something about God and, in so doing, brings God among us.”
If you find yourself in NYC, I highly recommend visiting. Heavenly Bodies will be running through October 8, 2018.