We've been building relationships with local artists and musicians in the Luce Foundation Center, and we have just added a new summer series that focuses on designers!
Local fashion designer, Jackie Flanagan, came out on June 20th and spoke about her clothing line, Nana, her desire to create ethically-made products, and her support of other local designers. Visitors were also able to get a sneak peak of some of her fabrics for her fall line. After the talk, Flanagan opened up the discussion and visitors asked her about her inspiration, her favorite fabric store in New York City, and the potential for a children's line. I particularly loved when Flanagan excitedly told visitors the swell of pride she feels every time she sees someone wearing her design.
Next up with our series are local interior designers Anna Kahoe and Scott Fazzini on Wednesday, July 11, at 5:30 p.m. Kahoe and Fazzini are going to help participants design their own room around a piece in the museum's collection. They will talk about where to find inspiration and how to pull together a room, or a "room with a view" as they described it. I asked Kahoe and Fazzini a few questions about the program for our blog, Eye Level. Below is an excerpt, visit the blog post for the full Q&A.
Q: If you could design a room around one artwork on view in the Luce Foundation Center, what would it be and why?
Anna Kahoe: Dennis Burlingame's Snake Charmer. Why? It has a lot of my favorite design elements. I came to interiors via my love of old things and this piece evokes what I refer to as Faded Grandeur. Also it's a great combination of seedy, beautiful, sexy and whimsy, just like the circus. I also love the curves and repeated and varied patterns. Plus, right now I have a major thing for green walls.
Scott Fazzini: If I could design a room around a piece of work at the Luce Center it would be The Naked Man by Joseph Hirsch. I was initially attracted to the stark contradiction of light and darkness, the layering of blues and greens, and the repetition in the mounds of clothing in the young man's hands and the stack of drawers to his right. After having read a bit about the painting, I find not just the topical aesthetic to be inspiring, but the story of a young man standing at a precipice of life to be equally beguiling.
Hope to see you on Wednesday!