Lecture focuses on sumptuous examples of New York's fashion & design culture between 1880 and 1914.
August 20, 7:15PM Exhibit; 8:00PM Lecture
In the Forum's August 20, 2013 illustrated presentation, Jeannine Falino, Adjunct Curator for the Museum of Arts and Design, will offer stellar examples of New York's fashion and design culture from between 1880 and 1914. When families such as the Belmonts, Carnegies and Vanderbilts amassed vast, new industrial wealth in the decades following the Civil War, they conspicuously consumed jewelry, fashion, interior decor, furnishings and decorative arts. Ms Falino provides an early preview of lavish objects from "Gilded Age New York," an exhibition she is co-curating which opens on November 13, 2013 at the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibit includes exceptional examples of presentation silver by Tiffany & Company; ball gowns by Charles Frederick Worth, the premier couturier of the era; as well as jewelry by Tiffany, Cartier, Marcus & Company, and Black, Starr & Frost. Ms Falino will also examine the institutions that created and disseminated those beautiful objects. A plethora of social events provided a platform for New Yorkers, including Ward McAllister's legendary 400 members of "Fashionable Society," to display their newfound - as well as established "Knickerbocracy" - wealth and social status.
Jeannine Falino bachelor's and master's degrees in art history are from Providence College and Boston University, respectively. Ms. Falino rose from a position of curatorial assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to curator of decorative arts and sculpture. She became a co-curator of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City in 2007. Her focus is on metalwork, jewelry and 20th century craft.
Mini-exhibit - Forum members will share couture, jewelry and silver that reflect Victorian finery.
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, SF. Entry is at Level B1 of the garage; pedestrians enter from the concourse side of Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive and down the steps across the street from the museum's main entrance.
$15 for non-members; free for Forum members.
Presented by American Decorative Arts Forum of Northern California.