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Karen LaMonte: Théâtre de la Mode Exhibition Opening
September 10, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Opening reception and pop-up performances by Core Theater Ensemble and original costumes by Philip Odango throughout the Museum. Open to the public. Karen LaMonte is an acclaimed American sculptor living and working in Prague. By freezing a single gesture of a body both clothed and in motion, LaMonte is able to investigate themes of memory, beauty, and loss. A master craftsperson, LaMonte has pioneered complex casting methods across diverse media. At the Barry Art Museum, we will set the stage with a selection of her astonishing works in cast glass, iron, and bronze. This new exhibition is inspired by Théâtre de la Mode (Theatre of Fashion), the 1940’s exhibit of miniature wire mannequins wearing French fashion that toured the world on traveling theater sets. Deeply influenced by the French mannequins, LaMonte created the Études, which are the small-scale companions to her full-size Nocturnes sculptures. Examples from both series will be presented on sets created by the Theater Department at Old Dominion University. A selection of the original French mannequins, on loan from Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, Washington, will be on view to offer a richer historical context.