Louis Vuitton, Stephen Shore and David Hockney
We saw three exhibits this past weekend. The first one is Volez, Voguez, Voyagez held a the American Stock exchange that is a historic installation of Louis Vuitton and the house he built. He left his home in Jura at the age of 14 in 1835 traveling on foot to Paris where he began his career as an apprentice in manufacturing boxes and crates pack objects and wardrobes. He founded his own company in 1854 and began to create the beginnings of modern luggage. It was 1896 when he created the famous Monogram.
How people traveled in the past is interesting. I loved seeing the drawers of gloves that women packed in their flat trunks that were for ship travel. Louis Vuitton went from creating pieces that began with luggage for ship travel to automobile travel to aviation travel. There are even trunks for writers, painters, fashion, and music.
I loved seeing these stickers of where LV was sold. The majority of these stores do not even exist anymore.
LV has continued to evolve with collaborations from designers from Alaia, Mizrahi, Damien Hirst and Marc Jacobs and Stephen Sprouse. It is the constant reinvention that connects to the earliest pieces is what makes Louis Vuitton what it is today. You can get online and book a ticket with the guided tour or just a general visit.
Stephen Shore at MOMA is great. Shore began his career taking photos of uncommon places essentially documenting the American landscape and how we live. This simple photo of a pancake breakfast was on a wall of polaroids. It is reminiscent of what Instagram is today.
This is one of the rooms where landscapes were hung.
Shore went to document the Ukraine between 2009-2013 showing a world frozen in time on the brink of disappearing. Really enjoyed the entire show.
David Hockney at the MET. I was particularly excited about this show after seeing it at the Pompidou this past summer. Seeing how the show is curated at the MET vs the Pompidou is interesting. There was one piece at the Pompidou that wasn’t shown at the MET that I was bummed to not see. It was a video of the same road in spring, summer, winter and fall. Something about that piece he did in his 70’s just made me think about how Hockney still kept moving forward with his work. It was on this road he also painted.
The time of the 60’s when he went to LA is probably my favorite body of works. I loved the buildings.
And the pools.
On the way out of the MET we saw this couple sunning in the perfect fall weather. Made me think about our eventual move to LA when the weather gets super cold.