Great Designers For The Stage Celebrated
BROADWAY MAGAZINE – Marc Chagall did it. The MOMA respects it. You should visit it! In the sea of things to see in New York City, we hope that you will take a few hours to stop by The Museum of Modern Art and catch the drawing exhibit Stage Pictures: Drawing For Performance. With a combination of works from Fernand Léger, Edmond Jones, Robert Wilson, David Hockney, Marc Chagall, Jim Dine, Diego Rivera, Lincoln Kristein and many more, it is a must-see. The exhibition is on the third floor. Though it may not be grand in scale, it is significant. We’ve long felt that designers for the theatre deserve a greater place in the archives of the world’s museums. As the MOMA catalogue state “These works demonstrate how artists have used drawing strategies to, as one critic put it, “anticipate an event”: interpreting texts to create dramatic mises-en-scène, imagining bodies in space and motion, and manipulating illumination and shadow.”
If you want to catch the work of an innovative designer in action check out the mix of charming whimsy and meticulous detail in the Rock N Roll Oz design of Beowulf Boritt’s set for Broadway’s Rock Of Ages. For those who can’t make it to MOMA, check out the video and images from this interesting on-line exhibit of great designers. Image is Raoul Pène Du Bois set for Wonderful Town in 1953 from the Ohio Channel exhibit not from the MOMA exhibit.
Tags: Beowulf Boritt, David Hockney, Diego Rivera, Drawing for performance, Edmond Jones, Fernand Lege, Jim Dine, Lincoln Kristein, Marc Chagall, MoMA, Ohio Channel, Raoul Pene Du Bois, Robert Wilson, Rock of Ages, Stage Pictures, Wonderful Town